5 Reasons To Add Homemade Yogurt To Your Diet
Why does it matter if I make the yogurt? Is there a difference? I am here to tell you that yes, there is a difference.
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- 5 Reasons to Add Homemade Yogurt to Your Diet
The First Reason: Beneficial Probiotics!
When making your own yogurt the number of beneficial probiotics is greatly increased. When yogurt is made it is made from a cultured starter. These cultures are alive and provide many benefits to your digestive track. When the cultures are changing the milk into yogurt, the yogurt is going through a fermenting process. During this process, many beneficial probiotics are added to the yogurt. When you eat this yogurt, you are putting a lot of new beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract and helping food to digest easier.
The Second Reason:
When the yogurt is made from milk, some of the milk benefits come along with it. You get more calcium, phosphorus, potassium, riboflavin, and vitamin A. When making the yogurt at home it “is a nutrient-dense food that is rich in high-quality protein, beneficial probiotics, and cancer-fighting conjugated linoleic acid” (Mercola, p. 2, 2017). Also, for the people who cannot have dairy, they may be able to eat this still. The reason is the lactose in the milk almost completely disappears during the fermenting process. When fermented for 24 hours all the lactose should be consumed by the beneficial bacteria, but there may be about 1% left. This makes the yogurt easier to digest and people who can’t normally consume lactose are able to consume the yogurt.
The Third Reason:
It does not contain the added sugar, artificial ingredients and fillers like a lot of the store-bought yogurt contains. When buying yogurt at the grocery store there are certain things that are more prevalent in the yogurt. According to Mercola (2017), the ‘sugar’ that is added to the yogurt is often genetically modified organism (GMO). In this category also includes genetically engineered (GE) sweeteners such as beet sugar and high fructose corn syrup. And when making your own yogurt, using store bought yogurt as a starter is not a good source because it contains too much sugar and does not have enough of the live cultures that help the yogurt in the fermenting process.
The Fourth Reason: You know what you are eating!
When you make your own yogurt, only you add the ingredients. If you want to add maple syrup or honey to sweeten it, then you know where it is coming from. It is always good to know what ingredients are being put in your yogurt and to know what you are eating.
The Fifth Reason: You can make yummy snacks!
It helps to make a great smoothie! I personally cannot eat the yogurt plain. My daughter can, but I am not used to the flavor. It is much different than store-bought yogurt. It is much more of a sour taste. Since it is so much better for you I like to spice it up by making smoothies and sweetening it with bananas, maple syrup, or honey if I need it sweet. I also like to mix yogurt with one of the sweeteners I just listed and add granola on top! Another great snack.
An Introduction to Making Probiotic Foods!
Good health starts in the gut, it is known as our second brain! For more information on why our bodies need probiotics check out my eBook called An Introduction to Making Probiotic Foods! It will share with you why it is important for our bodies to consume foods containing live cultures and how to make yogurt, kefir, sour cream, sauerkraut, and kvass.
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Mercola. (2017). Benefits of Homemade Yogurt Versus Commercial. Retrieved from: