Yogurt is a healthy and nutritious food but only if it’s prepared the right way. As you may be aware, the store-bought yogurt has harmful additives – preservatives, thickeners, artificial tastemakers, and sugars. It’s like changing a very healthy food into something that may negatively affect your health in the long run. Let’s find out why:
Additives Used In Store Bought Yogurt
The commonly used additives for thickening are gelatin (glue made from animal bones), pectin (a bio-polymer acid, lab-made ingredient), powdered milk etc. And it is usually loaded with unhealthy sugars and artificial sweeteners that can make things really bad for people who have type 2 diabetes.
Yogurt is supposed to be healthy but a lot of good stuff is processed out in the store bought ones. It is heat processed to increase shelf life, which can destroy live bacterial cultures. In short, this is not the yogurt you can call ‘healthy’.
And with Greek yogurts, the liquid probiotics are strained out leaving your yogurt low in probiotics.
So why go this way when you can make your own yogurt in a 5-to-7-minute hands-on process and in the healthiest way possible?
Is Making Yogurt At Home A Challenge? Not Really!
People usually refrain from making yogurt at home because quite contrary to their expectations, it turns out to be runny, watery and sour. And then there is also a lot of fuss like it needs straining. Some people turn to artificial additives to make things work somehow but they end up getting disappointed with the outcome.
Here’s a little secret: the quality of yogurt and health value of the yogurt greatly depends on the kind of pot in which it is made. Let’s see how:
The Natural Yogurt Maker
An unglazed pure clay pot is an ideal yogurt maker. The raw material is all-natural and 100% non-toxic. The unique feature is – the pot is semi-porous which makes it ideal for making yogurt because it allows for the excess water to evaporate and naturally thicken the yogurt.
This is the way yogurt has been made for thousands of years in Asia, Africa and the middle east!
As the pot is unglazed and made from a naturally healthy material, it is 100% non-toxic. It makes sure your yogurt has only the healthy probiotics and nutrients but no toxins. The yogurt prepared this way is not only easy to make but also far more nutritious and healthy than the store bought ones. And the natural taste of this yogurt is just unmatchable!
Again, all you really need is milk (dairy or vegetarian – coconut, almond etc.), a small amount of live culture from a previous batch, 5-7 minutes of your time and a pure-clay pot.
Now that you know all you need to make a truly healthy batch of yogurt, go ahead and try making your own home-made yogurt, I am sure you will get a happy surprise this time!