Interesting Facts You Did Not Know About Yoghurt

facts about yoghurt

The reputed French King, Francois I, in 1542 suffered from recurring gastrointestinal distress or as we know now, diarrhoea, and even the finest French doctors couldn’t find a cure. Fortunately for him, he had a French ally, the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire – Suleiman the Magnificent, who sent over one of his doctors with a cure of wonders: Yoghurt.

Yoghurt has been in existence for over 5000 years, and asides its many health benefits that you hear its distributors and retailers talk about, it also comes with very interesting stories and facts you might not have come across. Here are fun facts you didn’t know about Yoghurt!

You Can Not Spell Yoghurt Wrong

There are at least a dozen spellings of the word “yoghurt” that is recognized in the Oxford English Dictionary. These spellings include joghourt, yogurt, yogurd, yahourt, and yahourth amongst others. Unless you’re blindfolded and presented with a typewriter to give the spelling of Yoghurt, you can do no wrong.

Yoghurt Did Not Originate from Greece

Greek Yoghurt is probably the most popular make of yoghurt people know and it gives the common perception that this is where yoghurt stems from. The buzzer rings false on this one as the origin of the word yoghurt is traced back to Turkey from around 1615 – 1625. The origin of the yoghurt itself is unknown but is thought to come from Mesopotamia were ancient Indian records show traditions where a combination of yoghurt and honey was called “the food of the gods”.

If It’s Frozen, It’s not Yoghurt

The bacteria responsible for the fermentation and thickening processes of yoghurt are the Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus. Not to worry, these are the good bacteria and are responsible for the health benefits of yoghurt that include good digestive health and good skin health. These bacteria thrive best in warm condition to keep the nutrients locked in your yoghurt. Frozen yoghurt, however, renders them inactive, leaving behind a delicious and creamy yoghurt, but a not so healthy mix.

Yoghurt Is An Effective Skin Care Regimen

Interestingly, History reports that yoghurt has been used as a beauty product (skin cleanser/moisture) as far back as 2000BC. This is due to the action of lactic acid in it which acts as a natural chemical exfoliant and initiates turnover of dead skin. This very affordable and accessible alternative also contains zinc that can totally rid you of acne and skin inflammation. Also, the calcium in it facilitates the renewal of your skin! So, when next you get a bottle of yoghurt, you might want to dice those cucumbers for an eye mask and slap some of that yoghurt on your face.

No Meat, No Problem

Assumedly, we eat everything for the nutrients we stand to gain and by comparison, yoghurt can stand for meat. A cup of yoghurt can be packed with about 10 grams of protein per 236ml serving. This is enough to supplement the proteins meat has to give and if you ever find yourself with a bottle of yoghurt but no meat, you’re not missing out on anything.

facts about yoghurt

There are many more tangy and interesting facts about yoghurt but these few should be at the back of your mind when you’re holding a bottle of Yoghurt. For the best in terms of thickness and creaminess, you should get a bottle of bellyyo which you can order for here. Experience premium luxury with Bellyyo yoghurt!

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