Did you know that yogurt is one of the oldest foods in the world? Yes, as a matter of fact, the name yogurt has Turkish origin. Moreover, it is thought that it dates from the Neolithic people of Central Asia around 6000 B.C.
Believe it or not, but this famous drink was discovered accidentally. It is said that herdsman would carry milk in the stomachs of animals.
What happened is that the enzymes from the stomachs of the animals curdled the milk and turned it into yogurt. In fact, Turkish immigrants brought this marvelous drink to North America in the 1700s.
However, it was not widespread until the 1940s when the son of the founder of the Danone company began a small factory for yogurt in the Bronx. This company is now known by the name Dannon.
You should know that the yogurt is actually fermented food which is made from cream and milk. To the pasteurized, heated milk bacteria are added, and then the milk is incubated at a particular temperature in order to stimulate the growth of this bacteria.
What the bacteria does, is that it breaks down lactose to lactic acid and that actually helps thicken the milk and provides its tangy flavor. After, the yogurt is cooled. Then you can add certain ingredients to it such as fruit or sweeteners.
This is an easy and simple process. As a matter of fact, there are a lot of people who make yogurt at home.
That means that yogurt doesn’t lead to blood glucose spikes in people who have diabetes. There might be more benefits for people with diabetes.
Fermented food like yogurt has good bacteria by the name probiotics. It is shown that probiotics improve the health of the gut.
Although this specific research is still ongoing, still overall health and gut bacteria might play a factor in different health conditions, this includes diabetes and obesity.
Another study came to the discovery that there is a potential connection between lowered risk for type 2 diabetes and regular consumption of yogurt. Although these studies are indeed encouraging, there is a need for more research on this topic.
When it comes to dairy products most of them are low on the GI, i.e., glycemic index. That is why dairy products are perfect for people who have diabetes. However, in order to get most of the yogurt, you need to check the labels before you buy it.
This is something which you must do. You might find it hard at first, but in no time it will become a habit for you. In case you want those gut benefits which come thanks to the probiotics you will have to choose yogurt which has active and live cultures.
It is also important to look at the nutrition facts. As you probably know, many yogurts contain added sugars. You should know that the content among brands and among flavors in the same brand might vary drastically. Therefore you should pay attention to the labels.
This data is provided by a spokesperson and nutrition expert for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Sonya Angelone.
You should bear in mind that yogurt contains approximately 15 g of natural sugar. In case you want to get more protein, you can opt for the skyr, which is Icelandic yogurt, milder in comparison to the regular yogurt or go for the Greek yogurt.
However, you should pay attention to the Greek yogurt since sometimes it can contain a lot of added sugar. The best bet would be to go with plain yogurt. You deserve the best, so make sure to choose the best.