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Natural yogurt: an old time favourite!

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Natural yogurt: an old time favourite!

Natural yogurt is one of the oldest foods which have stood the test of time. Oh by the way, I had no idea that the word yogurt is of Turkish origin and that yogurt is actually the correct spelling instead of yoghurt! Lol!

There are so many natural yogurt products to choose from in supermarkets and in my experience, the quality really does vary from product to product. There are many factors that affect the quality of yogurt for example, the quality of milk used, the proportion of fresh milk to skimmed milk powder, the process of making the yogurt (to name a few). I have tried several products; supermarket own, brand products, organic and non-organic natural yogurts. The product that I really like at the moment and have added to my weekly shopping list is Lancashire Farm Natural Bio Yogurt. Five things that I like about this product:

  • It is natural and healthy! Unlike the fruity flavoured yogurts which are full of sugar or artificial sweeteners and other additives, my natural yogurt is free from additives and preservatives. The product shelf life is extended by a natural process involving milk cleaning and heat treatment during the production of the yogurt.
  • I like the taste and the creamy texture. I think natural yogurt should have a bit of tartness which this product has.
  • It is nutritious as it contains fresh whole full fat milk which has fat soluble vitamins e.g. D, E and A. Whole milk has been reported to be more nutritious than semi and skimmed milk which is used in low fat version of natural yogurt which I personally don’t like. The fat content in whole milk doesn’t bother me as I don’t consider it to be a high fat food (from guidelines I interpret a high fat product to have more than 17.5g of fat per 100g). 
  • It’s a good source of calcium which important for strong bones and also contains protein which is essential for the body to grow and repair itself.
  • The milk used comes from grass fed cows which are allowed to roam the green field freely. No wonder the yogurt tastes so good! Animal welfare is important to me and I do believe that a happy animal equals quality product.
  • It is live yogurt which means it has bio-cultures. These are friendly bacteria which are supposed to be beneficial to a healthy gut.

Natural yogurt is such versatile food and I have enjoyed it in so many different ways at home and in my travels:

  • As a side dish e.g. cucumber and mint raita. The natural yogurt complements hot spicy food well and helps to take away the heat.
  • In drinks – I often use my natural yogurt to make smoothies at home. In my travel I have tried savoury lassi and ayran which are also refreshing and good.
  • In marinades - I love making tandoori chicken. Natural yogurt is a key ingredient in the marinade and helps to tenderize the meat.
  • In cooking – I have used natural yogurt to make chicken korma and scones.
  • A natural beauty face mask – I find the mixture of natural yogurt (two tablespoons) and turmeric (a small teaspoon) applied to the skin for 30 minutes to be soothing to my skin. The key to this face mask is to keep the mixture chilled. It’s great for irritated skin!

I am sure there are other ways of using natural yogurt that I don't know about. So please let me know how you enjoy your natural yogurt.

Thanks to Lancashire Farm for educating me about how natural yogurt is made.

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