Did you know that the yoghurt was discovered accidentally by the Neolithic people of Central Asia dated back around 6000 B.C.1? During that period, they kept the milk in a container made from animal’s stomach. With the reaction between milk and presence of enzymes plus hot climate, yogurt was formed.
In the early 1900’s, a Russian Nobel Prize-winning scientist, Dr. Ilya Metchnikoff found many Bulgarians lived till or beyond the age of 100 compared to people in the other 36 countries he had studied. He linked the Bulgarians’ longevity to the Lactobacillus bulgaricus strain in their yoghurt2. His efforts subsequently turned yoghurt into a popular health food in Europe.
- Ilya Metchnikoff proposed that lactic acid producing bacteria which ferments milk helps to minimize the growth of bad bacteria that produce toxin which contribute to diseases and aging effects to the human body2, 3.
- Dairy is a good source of calcium. The Ministry of Health Malaysia recommends 2-3 servings of milk & dairy products daily for children. Children aged 7- 10 years old consume less dairy compared to their toddler years4, but this is a crucial period for them to get more calcium to build healthy bones for their adult years. Look for kids’ yoghurt which is high in calcium to give your children a calcium booster.
- You’ll need to eat 127 pieces of ikan bilis or 7 whole eggs to get the similar amount of calcium that is found in just ONE serving of yoghurt! Hence, look for yogurt with high calcium.
- If you’re lactose intolerant, don’t worry. Yoghurt contains less lactose than milk, thanks to the friendly bacteria that has broken down the lactose during the fermentation process.
- Yogurt is a good source of dairy protein, which provide the essential amino acids needed to help build and repair our body tissues.
- Eating yoghurt as part of a daily balanced diet along with regular exercise help you to develop better immunity.