The Origins of Yogurt
According to one legend, yogurt originated when the goat was first domesticated in Mesopotamia about 5000 BC. Warm goat milk, stored in gourds in the warm climate, naturally soured and formed a curd. According to Dr. Frank Kosikowski:
“Someone with sufficient courage tasted this clabbered mass and rendered a favorable verdict. History was observed in the making, and yogurt was on its way.”
Healthy Yogurt Cultures
Many people who are allergic to cow milk products or who suffer from lactose intolerance may be able to enjoy our yogurt, kefir and cheese. Yogurt cultures convert lactose into lactic acid, making yogurt easier to digest than milk. Lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidus can help to restore normal intestinal flora after antibiotic therapy.
Goat yogurt benefits:
- Easily digested, yogurt provides beneficial bacteria or probiotics, balancing the levels of “good” and “bad” bacteria.
- A balanced and nourishing food containing vitamins, minerals, and complete proteins.
- The complete proteins in yogurt are partially digested and more easily utilized by the body.
What Our Yogurt Does NOT Contain
Our yogurt does NOT contain gelatin, refined sugar, preservatives, artificial colors or flavorings. Redwood Hill Farm’s yogurt is made WITHOUT antibiotics, added growth hormones, or pesticides.
FDA Requirements and s. thermophilus
Because of a recent book written by Jordan Rubin discounting the health benefits of s. thermophilus, some customers have asked us to make our yogurt without this beneficial digestive enzyme. It is FDA law however that s. thermophilus as well as l. bulgaricus be included in all yogurt sold as a standard of identity.
To learn more about the benefits of Goat Dairy:
Choosy Moms Choose Goats Milk Dairy for Kids, By Tamara Duker Freuman, MS, RD, CDN