10 Unbelievable Fun Facts About Yogurt

There’s no ignoring America’s ever-growing obsession with yogurt, particularly that of the Greek variety. Greek yogurt is everywhere. But how much do you really know about the creamy treat that’s taking over the world? Here are some cool facts for you about yogurt.

  • “Yogurt,” unlike many English words, does not have a Greek origin. It’s actually Turkish.
  • Not only is yogurt a delicious and healthy snack option, but it also contains high levels of lactic acid that promote healthy skin.
  • Genghis Khan, the founder of the Mongol empire, consumed yogurt with his armies.
  • Over a third of yogurt in a typical grocery store is now Greek.
  • Sixty-eight percent of women eat yogurt, compared to only 43 percent of men.
  • Americans consume more than 300,000 tons of yogurt each year.
  • People have been creating and eating regular yogurt for over 5,000 years! However, frozen yogurt was first introduced to the world in the early 1970s in New England.
  • Greek yogurt has nearly two times the protein compared to more traditional varieties.
  • When French king, François I suffered from recurring diarrhea, Ottoman Empire sent over one of his own doctors with a miraculous cure: yogurt.
  • It’s hard to spell yogurt wrong. The Oxford English Dictionary recognizes at least a dozen spellings of the word “yogurt.”

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