What is Probiotic Yogurt and How Can You Make it at Home

Probiotic yogurt contains cultures of good bacteria which help to keep our intestinal tracts in balance. Yogurt found in grocery stores is full of extra additives that we don’t need. It contains food coloring, cornstarch, sugar, and a ton of other unnecessary stuff that we don’t need in our diets.

It is very possible to make your own healthy probiotic yogurt at home which contains bacteria such as:

L. Bulgaricus
S. Thermophilus
L. Acidophilus
L. Bifidus

Why do People Eat Probiotic Yogurt?

Why do People Eat Probiotic Yogurt

There many different reasons why people eat yogurt that contains probiotics. Probiotics are “live” bacteria which naturally live inside our intestinal tracts. These “good” bacteria work to keep us healthy by fighting off infection and assisting with digestion. They are easily depleted from our in systems which can cause havoc on our digestion and immune function. Probiotic yogurt is a great way to replenish our systems with these essential bacteria.

Probiotic yogurt is beneficial since it helps with:

Immune System Function
Crohn’s Disease
IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Lactose Intolerance
Adding Calcium to Our Diets
Reducing Blood Pressure
Preventing Yeast Infections
Weight Loss

How to Get Extra Probiotic Yogurt Into Your Diet:

Yogurt goes great with many different things. It can be used in place of sour cream for a variety of dishes such as baked potatoes, added as a topping to soups, chili, etc. It can be used for Mediterranean dishes such as falafel, cucumber-soup (khyar b’laban), etc. It can also be used for baking to reduce the fat. It is used in place of oil for things such as muffins, bread, etc.

Why Make Probiotic Yogurt at Home?

There are many different reasons why making your own yogurt is beneficial. Some of the more important reasons include: increased numbers of “live” beneficial bacteria, no added sugar, no added colors, no cornstarch, and other unnecessary preservatives.

Directions for Probiotic Yogurt:

Here is a really quick way to make your own probiotic yogurt at home. It is much healthier and will be cheaper as well.

1.Pour ½ -1 gallon of milk into a pan and heat it on the stove until just before boiling.
2.Cool the milk to around 110F
3.Place 1 small container of store bought plain yogurt that contains “live” cultures into the pan and stir.
4.Pour into clean sterilized containers.
5.Add these containers into a cooler with a lid. Also place a pitcher full of warm water into the cooler which acts as the heat source. Close the lid and let sit (ferment) for 4-8 hours.
6.The yogurt is done when it has firmed up.
7.Store the yogurt in the refrigerator. This recipe can be scaled up or down for making your own probiotic yogurt at home.