11 Surprising Facts About Yogurt You Never Knew Before

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Yogurt is a food produced by bacterial fermentation of milk. However, how much do you actually know about yogurt? Check out a list of the 11 surprising facts about yogurt we compiled for you.

11. Yogurt is basically a milk product obtained by fermentation of milk specific microorganisms.


10. Even though no one knows when yogurt was actually discovered, the word yogurt surely comes from the Turkish language.


However, what we do know is, since prehistoric times, fermented milk has been already being used.

9. One legend tells that it was discovered by a shepherd.

One Legend tells that it was discovered by a shepherd forgetting some milk in a skin container for a while and when he finally remembered it, it had already transformed into what we call yogurt today.

8. The ancient Eastern tribes and nomadic shepherds would make their milk from sheep, cows, horses, goats, and camels.

And they would preserve their milk in containers made from these animals’ skins or from their stomachs.

7. Yogurt was brought to the US in the early 1900s.


6. Only Americans consume more than 300,000 tons of yogurt each year.


5. The oldest writing mentioning yogurt was by Pliny the Elder.

Pliny the Elder, who said some people knew how to thicken the milk into something which was sour but tasty, was the first one who mentioned yogurt in a writing.

4. There are a ton of different spellings of the word yogurt.

The word yogurt is also spelled as yoghurt, yogourt or yoghourt. However, all of these spellings considered acceptable in English.

3. The founder of Chobani Greek Yogurt, Hamdi Ulukaya had no experience in the production of Greek Yogurt when he bought a defunct Yogurt Factory in 2005.


He took a highly leveraged deal and had no experience in the production of Greek Yogurt when he bought a defunct Yogurt Factory in 2005. 5 years later the company was worth $1 billion.

2. It's also good for your skin.


Not only is yogurt a delicious and healthy snack option, it contains high levels of lactic acid that promote healthy skin. Dating back to ancient India, yogurt has long been used as a natural moisturizer to revitalize dull, dry skin.

1. It can help boost your immune system.

Yogurt contains beneficial bacterial cultures that can help enhance activity in your immune system.

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