How To Buy Yogurt Culture?
Yogurt-the yum and healthy food can be easily made at home if you know how to buy yogurt culture. Apart from bolstering the digestive tract with useful bacteria, yogurt is used in myriad delicacies from savory dishes to desserts. It is globally acclaimed for its digestion-enhancing power and so forms an integral part of all cuisines around the world.
How is yogurt formed?
Yogurt is formed by the bacterial fermentation of milk. The fermentation process produces lactic acid, which gives yogurt its characteristic texture and tang.
Live bacterial culture- Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus are added to milk to metabolize the lactose or milk sugar and form yogurt.
Health quotient in Yogurt – to help you choose/buy yogurt cultures
Yogurt by rule should contain about 10 million live bacteria per gram. Naturally made, unsweetened yogurt has a high nutritive value being enriched with calcium, proteins, vitamin A, B, potassium and phosphorous. These nutrients help the body in a lot many ways from:
• Stimulating intestinal activity by increasing the microbial number present in the lining of the small intestine.
• Combating rotavirus infections, antibiotic-inflicted diarrhea and helicobacter pylori.
• Subduing the symptoms of Crohn’s disease.
• Improving lactose digestion and absorption.
So if you want to make yogurt at home here are a few tips on how to buy yogurt culture.
• If you are buying yogurt starters in powder form look for these combination strains of these bacteria: L. Bulgaricus, S. Thermophilus and L. Acidophilus; and B. Longum and L. Casei.
• Ensure that the cultures you buy are live to derive the maximum health benefit of yoghurt. Look for the National Yogurt association seal which says “Live and active cultures” that is stamped on yogurt starters.
• Another aspect to keep in mind is the origin of Yoghurt cultures whether it is lactose-based or soy-based. Those having lactose-intolerance can opt for soy-based cultures.
• Before buying yogurt culture make it a point to note down the ingredients. These should be hypoallergenic and gluten-free. You could also look out for the inclusion of Whey protein or dietary fibers such as inulin. Some specific ingredients in yogurt starters enhance the absorption of certain minerals.
• Look for artificial sweeteners and flavorings along the label of your yogurt culture product, as this may not yield the best output as a natural product would.
• One key point to remember while buying yogurt cultures, is to look for “contains added sugar” tag. Fruit-flavored yogurt starter may give the flavor but be forewarned about the “price you have to pay for it”, health wise.
• Do not forget to look for the expiry date stamped on yogurt cultures. Since these are live bacteria you are dealing with, you may want a fresh buy for immediate use and in the near future.
Now, the next time you set off to buy yogurt cultures to have a fresh home-made yogurt at the table; remember the tips mentioned above, so that every scoop you take out from your cup, there is a dollop of “yogurt-health”!
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