The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving and yogurt fun facts. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know.

We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know we will look at yogurt fun facts.

Yogurt Fun Facts: Yogurt, yoghurt, or yoghourt is a food produced by bacterial fermentation of milk.

  • The bacteria used to make yogurt are known as yogurt cultures. Fermentation of lactose by these bacteria produces lactic acid, which acts on milk protein to give yogurt its texture and characteristic tart flavor.
  • Turkish shepherds had been turning milk into yogurt as early at 3000 BCE.
  • Because cow’s milk is commonly available worldwide, it is the milk most commonly used to make yogurt.
  • In the United States, “yogurt” is a federally regulated term that can only refer to products that were created with one or both of the bacteria Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus.
  • Americans consume more than 300,000 tons of yogurt each year.
  • Once yogurt makers strain the yogurt to let the liquid whey run off. What’s left behind is Greek yogurt. It contains only half as much sodium and half the carbohydrates of regular yogurt.
  • Not only is yogurt a healthy snack, it contains high levels of lactic acid that promote healthy skin. Yogurt has long been used as a natural moisturizer to revitalize dull, dry skin. This practice dates back to ancient India.

Key Dates

  • February 6th is National Frozen Yogurt Day.
  • November 9th is National Greek Yogurt Day.

Yogurt Fun Facts We Missed

Let us know if we may have missed any yogurt fun facts in the comment section or food truck forum. We love to add to these lists. If we can verify the facts, we will give the reader credit in this article.

Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about Yogurt.

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