Benefits of Making Yoghurt at Home
Flexible and inexpensive spring to mind, but have you ever really considered the extent of how beneficial make-at-home natural dairy products are for your health and your lifestyle?
If you are reading this, you are probably interested in dairy products already. So, tantalize your taste buds with these basic fun facts about the added benefits of making your own dairy products with the help of starter cultures.
What exactly is a starter culture?
Starter cultures may be defined as the carefully selected group of microorganisms that are deliberately added to the milk and milk products to bring desirable fermentative changes.
Starter cultures form a large group of microorganisms that include bacteria, yeasts and molds* and are used in the manufacturing of different types of fermented milk and dairy products, including yoghurt, dahi, cultured buttermilk, sour cream, quark, kefir, kumis and cheese.
The use of these cultures for the preparation of products has been practiced since time immemorial. Traditionally, the common method was to use the previous-day's product, as an inoculum to produce the fresh batches of fermented product.
Such methods were not reliable and often resulted in off-flavour, inconsistent products and product failure due to undesirable fermentation. These drawbacks were mainly due to the lack of scientific knowledge of culture starter technology. The ideal of pure culture for making good-quality fermented milk became more visible in the mid-nineteenth century, where starters were widely studied and their metabolisms were well established. This resulted in the uniform quality of product.
We have carefully studied starter culture microorganisms that exist during raw milk fermentation and, with that in mind, selected multifunctional strains of bacteria that resemble the organoleptic, nutritional and health properties of products derived through such fermentation.
Your body contains about 100 trillion beneficial bacteria and organisms known as the microbiome. In particular, for every one human cell, there are 10 microbial cells (90%) in your body. Yes, you read it right. You are essentially more bacteria than you are “human”. These microbial cells help us to perform functions that nurture our life.
Our gut hosts an intricate community of these organisms called the gut microbiome, and these little guys impact the health of our gut and overall wellbeing. These organisms have been linked to chronic diseases and illnesses, and it is always best to keep them happy. Gut microbiome thrive on beneficial live bacteria that can be administered by eating probiotic foods, which is where our all natural dairy products come in.
All natural, traditional kefir, yoghurt, cottage cheese, and fermented dairy, is stacked with advantageous probiotics and offers a good source of fats, protein, carbs, vitamins and minerals. You can maximise the benefits of making your own natural dairy products by using grass-fed cow’s milk or goats milk as a base. These milk products increase the omega-3 acid content, whey protein, magnesium, calcium, potassium, vitamins D and K2, and enzymes that help to break down and digest the food.
Instead of eating some “health claimed” dairy product that is more likely a powerhouse of artificial sweeteners, colours and flavours, you can tailor the taste of custom made yoghurt to your own liking, with less of the bad stuff! Keep the ingredients all natural by simply adding some fresh (or frozen) berries to your probiotic drink or cottage cheese before you serve it up. Berries have many health benefits in their own right including antioxidant properties. You could also blend your home-made yoghurt with banana, natural oats, and Manuka honey if you want a little sweetening, for a tasty banana smoothie on the go.
Substitute for Sour Cream
As a healthy substitute to sour cream in cooking, you might like to use your natural yoghurt or cottage cheese instead. Yoghurt can also work well in many desert dishes as a healthier option. Check out these 10 best yoghurt dessert recipes that we found online at Yummly.
Convenient Probiotic Drink
You can serve yourself up a cultured powerhouse of natural probiotics through a convenient drink too. Mix up a batch of your favourite natural dairy and knock it back to enjoy the benefits that will bounce around and get to work on your insides.
The benefits of probiotics
There are many researched benefits of probiotics, not just for gut health, but for overall health too. Some of the added benefits that probiotics are known for are;
- Support of healthy digestion
- Lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes
- Reduces the risk of colorectal cancer
- Increases bone density and may help to prevent osteoporosis
- Supports weight loss and provides a boost for fat loss
- Boosts the immune system
- Reduces high blood pressure
- Lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol and heart disease
- Regulates your moods
- May help to treat chronic pain and brain-related illness like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, and autism
The health benefits of making your dairy products far outweigh the convenience of store-brought imitations.
For a little of your time and effort, My Biodefence products are the all-natural, effective way to give a boost to your digestive and immune functions, gut health, as well as a myriad of other positives.
Adding an extra mark to the convenience score card, the yoghurt maker we have available through My Biodefence, offers the ease of preparing up to seven 180mm jars of yoghurt, in 8 to 12 hours. Its features include a digital timer, audible ready signal, and an automatic shut-off. The yoghurt jars are versatile too. They can be used for mixing different flavours, are sized thoughtfully to fit into lunch boxes, and even handbags. They are easy to drink or eat from.
My Biodefence products come in convenient-size pouches, are relatively inexpensive on the hip pocket, and packed with beneficial live bacteria waiting to greet you within. Besides, they are yummy and good for kids!
Experience the benefits of natural probiotics and pack your bags to a fermented food haven with My Biodefence tasty treats of goodness. Your boarding call is here, head online now to check-in.
* lactococci, leuconostoc, streptococci, lactobacilli, pediococci, bifidobacteria, brevibacteria, propionibacteria and enterococci
Fermented Milk and Dairy Products: edited by Anil Kumar Puniya