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Yogurt Health Benefits

Updated on December 30, 2015
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Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.


Table Of Contents

  • Yogurt
  • Some Uses Of Yogurt As Food
  • Brief History Of Yogurt
  • Nutrients In Yogurt
  • Commercial Yogurt Production
  • Varieties Of Yogurt
  • The Health Benefits Of Yogurt
  • Some Information About Greek Yogurt
  • Soy Yogurt
  • Some Of My Other Healthy Hubs
  • A Healthy Breakfast Recipe
  • Make Your Own Yogurt A Visual Guide
  • Videos


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Yogurt


In India, yogurt is called "dahi" or "curd".

In the west, curd is coagulated milk solids, the coagulation being brought about by the addition of rennet or an acidic substance like vinegar or lime juice. However, this curdled milk solids is called paneer or cottage cheese in India.

Yogurt quite simply is fermented milk in various consistencies from thin and runny to thick and firm. This depends on the fat content mainly, though environmental temperature and the procedure of making yogurt at home could be a contributing factor.

This fermentation is brought about by bacteria. Therefore, yogurt contains millions of live bacteria which are beneficial to the human digestive system.

The protein quality of yogurt is the best. Yogurt is more easily digestible than milk and suits those who suffer from lactose intolerance in any form.

Yogurt is more acidic in nature, has a sour and tart taste and stays fresh longer than milk. It is eaten plain as it is or mixed with vegetables, fruits or other flavors.
Cow's milk is generally used for making yogurt followed by buffalo's and goat's milk.

Yogurt is available in no fat (0%), low fat fat (2%) and whole milk (4%) varieties.

Yogurt is a very versatile product and can be used alone or as an adjunct to any dish. Not only is it a healthy snack to kick start one's day it is a great help in curbing appetite.



Uses Of Yogurt


Yogurt can be used in a variety of ways to increase its acceptability. Some ways in which yogurt is used in India are:

Eaten in its simplest form as plain yogurt with a dash of salt and ground black pepper added for flavor and taste. Sugar can be substituted for the salt and black pepper.

Yogurt with added spices are is used to marinate meat and fish. Lassi - an Indian summer drink can be made by whisking together yogurt, iced water and sugar. Sugar could be sustituted by salt and powdered roasted cumin for those who prefer it salty.

Spinach, tomatoes, potatoes and a lot many vegetables used singly and herbs like mint, etc can also be used to make various yogurt preparations.

Fruits like strawberry, mango and the like are also mixed to make yummy yogurts.

Shrikhand - a deliciously sweet yogurt product is also made in India

These are just some uses of yogurt.



History Of Yogurt

A few words about history of yogurt.

Yogurt was accidentally discovered. When milk producing animals, cows and goats, were first domesticated around 5000 BC, the collected milk was stored and carried in bags made of stomachs of these animals. On opening these bags milk was found to curdled due to the possible action of the bacteria lining these stomach bags.

In North America and Western Europe, yogurt was introduced in the beginning of the 20th century.

Yogurt with fruit came into existence around 1947. Yogurt gained popularity in the 50s and 60s. Today it is available in a number of varieties.


Nutrients In Yogurt

Yogurt contains good amounts of calcium, potassium,phosphorus, iodine, zinc, molybdenum, vitamins B2, B6 & B12 and most importantly, the gut beneficial, live bacteria.

Commercial Yogurt production

Milk is warmed to an optimum temperature to kill the inherent harmful bacteria. and then cooled to a prior determined favourable temperature. A bacterial culture of lactobacillus and streptococcus species of bacteria are added to this milk. This milk is the held for a particular period of time to allow the bacteria to ferment the lactose and convert it to lactic acid. This lactic acid has the property to coagulate the milk proteins due to which the entire milk sets into a product having thick and firm consistency. This is yogurt.


Types Of Yogurt

Some of the types of yogurt which are available are:

  • Active Yogurt

The yogurt of this variety contains several varieties of live bacteria. These are gut helpful bacteria and they promote a healthy digestive tract, boost the immunity levels and soften the effects of lactose intolerance.

  • Reduced Fat Yogurt

This variety of yogurt is available in various flavors and many different food products are mixed in the yogurt.

  • Greek yogurt

An entirely different process is used to make this type of yogurt. It is creamier and heavier in taste and texture than the usual yogurt. It is usually made of milk to which butterfat or milk powder has been added. After the yogurt is ready it is strained through a muslin cloth to remove the watery part called whey. This leaves a product that is creamier and thicker.

  • Frozen yogurt

It is a form of yogurt dessert. It can contain live cultures of bacteria in an active form. Once the curd is consumed these bacteria get alive and kicking due to the internal body heat.

  • Mixed Yogurt

In this variety, fruits, nuts ,oats, other solids and flavorings are mixed. These nuts or fruits etc are placed at the bottom of the container while the yogurt is filled on top. This maintains the crunchiness of the dry fruit. In some brands, the cups of yogurt are sold along with a separate package of the fruits and nuts, so that they can be mixed when one is about to consume the yogurt.

This variety is also called Swiss style, custard style or blended yogurt.


Nutrients In Yogurt

Yogurt contains energy, protein, carbohydrates, fats, several B complex vitamins especially B2 and B1 in high amounts. Some yogurt may have high folate content depending on the type of lactic acid bacteria like S.thermophilus and Bifidobacteria.

Among the fat soluble vitamins, Vitamin A and E are present in yogurt.

The energy content of yogurt is dependent on whether whole milk, low fat milk or skimmed milk has been used in the preparation of yogurt.

The protein in yogurt is of high quality and in easily digestible form. Yogurt has higher amounts of the amino acids proline and glycine compared to milk and these benefit by increasing the absorption of calcium and boosting immunity levels.

Though the carbohydrates in yogurt of in the form of lactose, fermentation converts about 20-30% of it into glucose and galactose. This makes yogurt easier to digest and is beneficial for those who have difficulty in digesting milk.

The fat content of yogurt varies from 3% for whole fat milk to under 0.3% for non fat milk. The fermentation process breaks down some fats thus increasing the digestibility and absorbability of yogurt. Yogurt also contains higher levels of CLA, a natural fat that boosts immunity and protects against cancer.

As far as the minerals are concerned, yogurt is a rich source of calcium that is in a bio available form. Also, the acidity of the yogurt increases the absorption of minerals like calcium, phosphorus and magnesium while it also reduces the effect of phytic acid which is known to reduce the absorption of minerals especially calcium.

Yogurt also contains good amounts of minerals phosphorus and iodine. A 150 gm serving of whole milk plain yogurt provides 68% of the daily adult requirement of iodine while the same amount of low fat plain yogurt provides 36% of an adult's daily requirement

These figures for a child of 6 years are 158% and 85% respectively for iodine. Yogurt can thus be a valuable source of iodine.

Apart from this yogurt also contains magnesium, potassium, zinc, selenium and iron.

Yogurt With Cornflakes

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Kishk - An Egyptian dish of yogurt & fried onions

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Dutch Yogurt and Strawberry Drink

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Frozen yogurt

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Yogurt Health Benefits


Yogurt can be consumed by people who are lactose intolerant and therefore cannot consume milk. It ensures they derive all the benefits of milk and more.

  • Yogurt ensures a healthy digestive system due to the lactic acid bacteria it contains. these bacteria ensure intestinal health leading to better absorption of nutrients and boosting the immune system.
  • The lactic acid helps in maximising calcium absorption.
  • It counteracts yeast infections and can be used as a douche effectively for vaginal itching.
  • It helps to increase the hydrochloric acid production in HIV positive people. Hydrochloric acid is associated with digestion of food especially calcium and minerals. It also aids in better sleep and a feeling of well being.
  • Yogurt regulates blood pressure and lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol while raising the HDL (good) cholesterol.
  • The live bacteria in yogurt help in reducing colon cancer and inflammation of bowels.
  • Yogurt may help in increasing the life span of individuals as the stronger immune system is less prone to diseases.
  • For growing girls, the calcium in yogurt has been found to be especially beneficial as compared to taking calcium supplements. Higher whole body bone density has been reported. Yogurt also reduces the incidence of osteoporosis.
  • Yogurt contains Lactobacillus bacteria which is a probiotic that offers preventive and healing benefits in arthritis.
  • Yogurt suppresses the bacterium Helicobacter pylori which is responsible for stomach ulcers thus reducing the incidence of ulcers.
  • Full fat yogurt has been found to reduce the incidence of colorectal cancer.
  • Eating yogurt twice a day reduces bad breath, dental plaque and cavities.
  • It is an excellent post exercise snack providing quick energy and protein for muscle repair.
  • Yogurt keeps colds at bay.
  • A facial mask of yogurt, almonds and honey is a good skin soother and makes the skin glow.
  • Yogurt helps to remove dandruff and itchy skin. Apply some curd on the head and hair and massage for a couple of minutes. Wrap a towel around. Leave for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash with cool water. It makes the hair soft and silky and stops hair fall.
  • To relieve indigestion, add roasted ground cumin, a little ground black pepper and salt to taste in yogurt and eat.
  • If you suffer from migraine, eat yogurt with rice before sunrise. It gives relief.
  • In bleeding piles, keep consuming just yogurt till the bleeding stops. It works like magic.
  • It is the most complete food for infants next only to milk. In Bulgaria, children who do not have access to mother's milk are weaned on yogurt.
  • Yogurt benefits in kidney diseases also.
  • In swelling, pain and burning due to boils, use hung yogurt by applying it on the affected area and bandaging it. Hung yogurt is yogurt from which whey has been removed by tying it in a muslin cloth or cheesecloth for a few hours till the whey drips off.
  • If you have difficulty sleeping, add ground pepper, aniseed powder and some sugar to yogurt and consume at bedtime.
  • Yogurt eating removes the intoxicating effects of opium.
  • To relieve body odour apply and massage a paste of black gram flour made in yogurt.

Adding sugar or honey to yogurt before consuming increases the beneficial effects of yogurt. These are just some yogurt health benefits.


Greek Yogurt Breakfast Recipe

Health Benefits Of Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is nothing but strained yogurt which is yogurt that is hung in a muslin cloth to remove the whey. The following are some health benefits of greek yogurt.

It is great for those wanting to reduce weight. A cup has only 130 calories while it is devoid of fat and cholesterol. It contains very less amount of sodium but good amounts of carbohydrates for a quick shot of energy. It contains good amount of protein and is lower in sugar than most other types yogurts.

It is a rich source of calcium, phosphorus, Vitamis B1, B2 and B12.

Soy Yogurt

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Soy Yoghurt

It is made from soy milk by adding lactobacillus and steptococcus bacteria. Some sweetner like fructose, glucose or sugar may be added as needed.

It can be prepared at home in much the same way as dairy yogurt. To promote fermentation 1 tablespoon of sugar in 1 liter of soy milk is added since soy milk as such is devoid of lactose which is food for these bacteria.

Soy yogurt is beneficial for the heart since it reduces cholesterol and regulates blood sugar levels. It is especially useful for those with type 2 diabetes.
It aids in promoting a healthier digestive tract and reduces cancer risk.
It reduces menopausal symptoms in women approaching menopause and because it is high in calcium it prevents osteoporosis and lowers bone fracture incidences.


Make soy yogurt At Home

Srikhand(flavored yogurt) Recipe

How To Make Lassi-A Indian Drink To Beat The Summer

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks, Jeff.

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      Geoffrey Kerosi 4 years ago from Nairobi

      This is a very informative hub. Keep it up!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ Rumana - lassi is my favorite drink too and with summer approaching drinking it is going to be a daily affair. Glad you like it too. Thanks for reading and sharing.

      @ talkychamp - the process of making curd uses up almost all of the lactose - the bacteria use this as food. Therefore curd can be eaten and digested by even those who are lactose intolerant.

      Thanks for reading.

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      talkychamp 4 years ago

      Hi Rajan... gr8 source of info, but just want to know whether curd prepared at home in India is lactose free.

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      Rumana 4 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

      Hi Mr. Rajan,

      Yogurt is something which I can not live without. I love to have lassi made of yogurt.

      Thanks for sharing it with us.

      Voted up beautiful and Shared!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thank Audrey for all this healthy feedback. You will certainly feel much better avoiding these unhealthy additions to diet.

      I appreciate your feedback. Thank you.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Rajan - I came back to review your hub and to tell you I stopped using no fat whipping cream. You were right about the hydrogenated vegetable oil. I now check all my food labels. I completely stopped using anything that contains this oil. I thank you so much my friend! Audrey

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thank you Mr. Ahmad. I'm happy you found it informative .

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      Bilal Ahmad 4 years ago

      I had never studied such loaded article on benefits of yogurt, bundle of thanks for sharing Mr. Rajan Jolly !!!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ Mara - thanks and glad you liked.

      @ Helen - Thanks for the feedback and I'm glad you eat yogurt often. Thanks for the read.

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      oceansider 4 years ago

      I enjoyed reading your article about all of the different types of yogurt, Rajan, and I really liked the video that shows how to make your own yogurt.

      Now I know what Greek yogurt is like....I have heard of it but have never actually tasted it before....it sounds really good.

      I eat yogurt pretty regularly, and just a few days ago, I tried strawberry-banana yogurt with fresh raspberries.....wow, what a treat that was! Or, blending vanilla yogurt, banana and fresh strawberries is also delicious!

      Voting this up, useful and interesting. Take care......Helen

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      Mara Dobrin 4 years ago from Bucharest, Romania

      Very interesting, I found out many interesting information about yogurt. Great article

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      enkindler,thanks for sparing time to read and all the wonderful comments. Glad you liked the hub. Much appreciated.

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      enkindler 5 years ago

      Who knew yogurt was so versatile? Amazing article, loads of information. I'm bookmarking this page for all my yogurt needs! Thanks again for taking the time to share all this!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Olde Cashmere,

      So glad you like the write up. Thank you for all the support.

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      Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

      This was an awesome read rajan jolly. Now I have a lot more reasons to continue eating yogurt. Voted up, awesome, useful, and interesting :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Audrey. What I would be looking at is not the amount consumed. That is fine. I would just be worried about the preservatives since they are unnatural chemicals. I would go in for homemade or organic yogurt. Adding unsalted sunflower seeds is the right thing to do.

      Also, I presume kool whip contains hydrogenated vegetable oil, just be aware of the fact that partial hydrogenation leads to trans fat formation and as is known trans fat gives rise to a lot of health problems.

      I hope you appreciate the facts stated clearly and thanks for stopping by and sharing the hub.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I buy a low-carb yogurt, add raw, unsalted sunflower seeds and mix with a tablespoon of non-fat kool whip. It's delicious. I eat this 2-3 times a day. The yogurt is cultured lowfat dairy blend with 4g carbs, to calories (6 oz.) and 3gr. sugar with 1.5g fat. It containes enzymes and active cultures and comes in a variety of flavors.

      My question is this. Is it ok to consume this much everyday? (I love it).

      It also has preservatives. Thank you for answering my question and for this excellent article. Will share!

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      linda 5 years ago

      This is such a great blog post! Very good information! Appreciating the hard work you put into your site and detailed information you present. It’s awesome blog.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks a lot Linda. Appreciate your stopping by.

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      linda 5 years ago

      This is such a great blog post! Very good information! Appreciating the hard work you put into your site and detailed information you present. It’s awesome blog.

      http://all4payday.com

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ dwachira, glad you found the info useful. Thanks for reading, voting and sharing.

      @ David, yes yogurt is also easy on the digestive system too along with the benefits you outline.

      Thanks for appreciating.

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      David 470 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, United States

      Great hub about yogurt. I eat 2-4 yougurts a day to get carbs. It's great because it's easy to eat, tastes good, and if you need a low fat meal.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      I like Yogurt but i didn't know it was accidentally discovered, great article rajan jolly and those photos are wow! Voted up, useful and shared.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi angela. Yogurt is a very healthy food and good that you would be consuming more of it.

      I appreciate your sharing, the nice words and the read. Many thanks.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      I had no knowledge of all the benefits of yogurt. It even can prevent cancer! I will make a point to eat more yogurt! I will also share this on twitter, pin it, facebook, google+ and with followers.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Peggy. Your breakfast smoothie recipe is awesome so I had to include the link to it in my hub. I'm happy and thankful for your visit, comments and sharing.

      Thank you.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Oh I'm so happy for all the compliments Suzie. Glad you enjoyed the hub. I appreciate your sharing, voting and following me. I'm following too and will be reading your hubs too.

      Thanks again.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Great article rajan, I am a big fan of yogurt, particularly Greek style. You have a well written hub with great amount of info and photos! I really enjoyed and will be voting and sharing! Congratulations again.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This is a terrific article regarding the benefits of yogurt. Thanks for including the link to my hub using it as a healthy breakfast smoothie combining it with fruit and cacao nibs. I will be happy to include a link of your hub to mine! They will work well together. Voting up, useful and also sharing. Thanks!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks again johnakc. It is a pleasure to receive your feedback.

      Take care, my friend.

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      johnakc 5 years ago from New Delhi

      Thanks to you too, for writing such a good and healthy article which will help improve digestive as well as overall health of the hub users and others. :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      This is great to hear. Yogurt is any day healthy because of the lactobacilli - the beneficial bacteria in it. And its wonderful to maintain the digestive system in top shape.

      Glad you stopped by, johnakc. Much appreciated.

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      johnakc 5 years ago from New Delhi

      Yogurt is most favorite thing in my meals, I do not want to miss it anytime.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ - Jools, greek yougurt like the normal yogurt is full of health benefits. Addition of fruit and honey mutiplies its benefits.

      Thanks for reading, appreciating and voting it up and sharing.

      @ adjkp - Goat's milk is superior to cow's milk so the yogurt made of this milk is the best. It's heartening to know you are eating healthy.

      Thanks for stopping by and voting.

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      David 5 years ago from Northern California

      We eat a bunch of yogurt in my house and my wife has actually made some with goat milk.

      We usually put them in smoothies or just eat them out of their containers.

      We only recently discovered the Greek variety but we like it too.

      Voted up and useful.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      I love yoghurt and I eat it every day, usually with fruit but my favourite is greek yoghurt with honey.

      Voted up and shared!

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      johnakc 5 years ago from New Delhi

      You are Welcome.

      You know I am a big fan of Yogurt/Curd?or Dahi..

      I can't live without yogurt.

      :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      John glad you stopped by. Much appreciated.

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      johnakc 5 years ago from New Delhi

      Yummy,...

      I am already a fan of Yogurt..

      Really yogurt is a very delicuous and useful food.

      Great Hub, thanks..

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Pinkchic, I'm glad you found this informational. Appreciate your visit and comments.

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      Sarah Carlsley 5 years ago from Minnesota

      I had no idea there were so many uses for yogurt! This hub was wonderful!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I agree with your observations, sweetie. Dahi/yogurt is an integral part of our lives.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments.

      Thanks for the votes.

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      sweetie1 5 years ago from India

      Rajan very informative hub. We all like yogurt or dahi as we call here. It is not only eaten like this but there are over hundreds of dishes we can make from it, apart from it being used to marinate most chicken dishes in India. voted up and useful.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      jiro, thanks for reading and voting.

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      jiro 5 years ago from India

      you are well quoted the benefits of yogurt and voted up

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      anglnwu, thanks for reading. Unfortunately heat kills the beneficial bacteria in yogurt. So you won't be deriving the full benefits. It would be better to incorporate it, without heating, in any other form that you can.

      Thanks for the vote and I appreciate your question.

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      This is so well researched and written. I learned so much just from reading this. I use yogurt in my curry--does heat destroy the good bacteria in it? Thanks for sharing and voted up.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ J.S. Yogurt indeed needs to be given all these accolades for the awesome health benefits it offers to keep us healthy. I have just stated some facts.

      Thanks for reading, appreciating, voting and sharing.

      @ L.L. I'm glad you found something useful here. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments. I appreciate the vote and sharing.

      @ Jaspals. I am happy that this hub provided you with some extra info. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Jaspal Singh 5 years ago from India / Australia

      Interesting and useful yoghurt hub - I learned a few things.

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      L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Lots of great information here. I didn't know that lactose intolerant people could eat yogurt without experiencing the unpleasantness that dairy products bring.

      Voted up and SHARED.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      It is very interesting to see the different methods and names used for similar foods. I like yogurt and should eat it more than I do! As always, Rajan, awesome article with tons of useful information! Voting up and SHARING as always! Great job once again!

      JSMatthew~

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      m0rd0r, goat milk is the best of all animal produced milk so the yogurt made from it is the best.

      Moreover, yougurt is a probiotic itself as it is teeming with the gut beneficial bacteria. No wonder those Bulgarians live long and I bet live equally healthy.

      Thanks for giving all this information and stopping by.

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      Stoill Barzakov 5 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Excellent hub Rajan. We Bulgarians use it every day, especially at summer.

      The tarator and ayran are excellent digestives and probiotics.

      It is said, that people living in the bulgarian mountains live more than 95 years just because they eat yogurt made from goat milk every day.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ Ruchira. I guess most of us are fond of yogurt from childhood as it has been a staple in most households. Thanks for your observations and input. I appreciate your visit.

      @ ashu. Thanks buddy. I'm glad you liked it.

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      ashu 5 years ago

      good work man

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Yogurt is consumed in abundance in our household as well.

      Thank you for such a well informed hub. As usual, you inform your readers well.

      Thanks!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ Ruchi. Thanks for the read. I appreciate your input.

      @ ChristWrites. I'm glad you found this hub useful. Thanks for your appreciative words and the vote.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      So much information here, and well presented with the photos as well. Vote up my friend.

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      Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

      Great hub. My daughter and me like to eat yogurt. It is great in taste and good for health.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ albertsj. yogurt is healthy in whatever way it is consumed and definitely a better option than mayo as it has none of the high calories that are associated with mayo consumption.

      Thanks for the read, vote and all the appreciation.

      Glad you found it helpful.

      @ MsDora. Thanks for reading and leaving your comments.

      @ alocsin. frozen yogurt is a dessert so it does not have the benefits of yogurt. It may or may not have the bacteria associated with yogurt in it. Also, it is definitely higher in calories and lower in vitamins and minerals.

      Thanks for the vote and I'm happy to see it has been useful.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Do you get these benefits from frozen yogurt or just the natural kind? Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks to you,rajan jolly. I can finally explain why I prefer Greek yogurt.

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      jacy albertson 5 years ago from Lake Mary, Fl

      I love yogurt, and while I've known of many of it's benefits, I never knew it could help combat bad breath.

      I eat it daily, and am now loving the greek yogurt, but I switch it up. I don't like to have yogurt that's all sugar, however. Sure I could eat plain yogurt, & mix in what ever fruit I want, but admitidly, I'm lazy. I often use yogurt in place of mayo, or sour cream. I use it in my tuna salad, instead of mayo. And every now and then, in a vegetable. (And I love Indian food) Excellent, informative hub! Voting up, interesting & useful

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Georgina, thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments.

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      Georgina_writes 5 years ago from Dartmoor

      Lovely yoghurt hub - I learned a few things. Big fan of yoghurt. Thank you

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Samad bhai, thanks for liking the post and posting your encouraging words. I'm glad you found it informative as well.

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      Samad Aslam Khan 5 years ago

      Rajan Jolly g You are great. I'must admit once again that our Sikh bhara knows best about sub-continent's food and their health benefits. I never heard or read so much about Yogurt as I read here in your Hub.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      shampa, thanks for reading, appreciating and sharing.I appreciate your visit.

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      Shampa Sadhya 5 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Voted up and useful!

      I am extremely fond of yogurt. You have written on a very well known subject in a very useful manner with all the basic details. Liked it. Sharing it with others.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Daisy, I think making yogurt is probably the easiest of things and it sure is a great healthy food very easy on digestion. This itself should make it a food of choice. I believe more people than we imagine are hooked on to it. It makes me feel nice and good when I see that readers are already consuming the health food I am writing about, which in this case happens to be you and yogurt.

      Well, thanks for reading this hub and being so appreciative. I really value your input as always.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Rajan,

      Thank you so much for publishing this article. As always, your Hub is well-researched, well-written, and beautifully formatted with great photographs and video.

      I eat yogurt several times per week. Ever since I had Greek yogurt with a serving of honey on the side in Athens, Greece, I greatly prefer the thicker variety of yogurt.