10 Things You Didn't Know About Yogurt

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10 Things You Didn't Know About Yogurt

Once limited to breakfast, yogurt is now everywhere as a topping, a substitute for sour cream and even an ingredient for baking recipes. However, this new craze has been around for quite some time... Read on to learn little-known facts about yogurt.

It is believed that a version of yogurt was consumed by people between 5,000 and 6,000 B.C. That's because herdsmen carried milk around in containers made of animal stomachs, which curdled the milk and essentially made yogurt.

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The word yogurt is actually Turkish.

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According to certain accounts, Genghis Khan, the founder of the Mongol empire, consumed yogurt with his armies.

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Yogurt can help strengthen the immune system. The live cultures in yogurt can help the good bacteria in the intestines.

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Yogurt can actually make for a great facial cleansing mask. Try out a mask here.

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Greek yogurt has become an extremely popular variety of yogurt. Over a third of yogurt in a typical grocery store is now Greek.

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Yogurt with fruit at the bottom was invented in 1947 by Dannon, who decided to add strawberry to their product hoping Americans would enjoy it more.

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Between Greek and regular yogurt, Greek is a little bit more nutritious due to its protein content. Plain Greek yogurt also has less sugar.

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Calcium-rich yogurt could help prevent osteoporosis according to research.

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Yogurt actually works well as a natural cleaning product! Wipe a few tablespoons of plain yogurt on brass and rub until it's shiny!

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Craving yogurt now? There are many ways to incorporate yogurt into both savory and sweet meals. Read on for recipes.

Papaya And Greek Yogurt Smoothie

Papaya is a great flavor for drinks.

Get the recipe: Papaya and Greek Yogurt Smoothie

Cucumber-Yogurt Soup With Pepperoncini

Pepperoncini is a long, thin Italian pickled chili that give this otherwise-mild soup an appealingly tangy flavor.

Get the recipe: Cucumber-Yogurt Soup with Pepperoncini

Yogurt-Zucchini Bread With Walnuts

This moist, nutty bread is a terrific way to use up zucchini. The walnuts in the bread are super-heart-healthy, and the yogurt adds moisture without any fat.

Get the recipe: Yogurt-Zucchini Bread with Walnuts

Yogurt-Garlic Sauce

This savory sauce adds a wonderful flavor with grilled chicken or lamb.

Get the recipe: Yogurt-Garlic Sauce

Homemade Greek Yogurt

Homemade yogurt requires surprisingly little prep and keeps in the fridge for a month.

Get the recipe: Homemade Greek Yogurt

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Yogurt is experiencing a resurgence in popularity.

Once limited to breakfast, yogurt is now everywhere. It's a topping, a replacement for sour cream and even used in baking. However, this new craze has been around for quite some time...

Check out the slideshow above to learn more about yogurt.

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