The wonder of
Yogurt. We love it. It’s perfect with our morning muesli, delicious topped with lots of fruit and adds a little something to a curry. In fact, we love it so much that last year alone we spent a whopping £2.6 billion on the stuff*. But what exactly is yogurt? And how is fat-free yogurt different? We take a look at what goes into our fresh and creamy fat-free goats’ milk yogurt and explore its benefits.
What exactly is yogurt?
Yogurt is a cultured milk product made by adding several types of beneficial bacteria to milk, causing it to ferment. Lactic acid produced by the bacteria coagulates the milk protein, thickening the milk and adding to yogurt’s characteristic sharp flavour.
St Helen’s Farm yogurt is ‘live’, meaning those beneficial bacteria stay ‘live’ and can help maintain a healthy digestive system and boost the immune system. The bacteria – or probiotics – used to make St Helen’s Farm goats’ milk yogurt are Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Streptococcus thermophilus, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis.
How is fat-free yogurt made?
Some people think that fat-free yogurt is made by removing the fat from full-fat yogurt at the end of the manufacturing process. This isn’t the case. Fat-free yogurt is actually made using skimmed milk. In order to make one litre of fat-free yogurt, two litres of St Helen’s Farm Skimmed Goats’ Milk are used.
The fresh milk is put through a special filtration process that takes out some of the water and effectively concentrates the milk and helps to thicken it. It is then fermented, and the live bacteria are added, naturally thickening the yogurt. This means at St Helen’s Farm, we don’t need to add any thickening agents such as starches and gums that you may find in many other yogurts. Neither do we include any other additives.
What are the benefits?
Yogurt is rich in calcium, protein and provides us with numerous vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins D, A, B2 and B12, potassium and zinc. The probiotics in the yogurt help your body to take in their goodness as they can help absorb the proteins, vitamins, and nutrients.
All St Helen’s Farm yogurts are packed with ‘live’ bacteria that can keep your gut healthy. Those beneficial bacteria can help maintain or restore the natural balance of good and bad bacteria which is important to stay healthy and to fight illnesses.
Goats’ milk is lighter and gentler on the stomach because of its smaller fat particles and different protein structure. It is also slightly lower in lactose and may therefore assist digestive comfort for those who are sensitive to lactose. However, goats’ milk is not recommended for people who are diagnosed with lactose intolerance.
Try St Helen’s Farm Goats’ Milk Yogurt
St Helen’s Farm fat-free goats’ milk yogurt is made with absolutely no additives, other than live bacteria. It has 0% fat and contains just 48 calories per 100g – that’s half of our whole milk natural yogurt.
If you’d like to try our fat-free goats’ milk yogurt, you can pick this up at selected Tesco stores and online at Ocado.
Also available from St Helen’s Farm is our Natural Goats’ Milk Yogurt as well as flavoured yogurts, including Strawberry & Vanilla, and a brand-new twin pack of Raspberry & Goji and Peach & Passionfruit.