Yogurt HistoryYogurt (also known as yoghurt, yaourt, yoghurd, and yogourt) has been a food staple in the Middle East for millenia, but it did not become a mainstay in the United States until the latter part of the 19th century. The Dannon company achieved some minor success in 1947 when it first mixed strawberry preserves into yogurt and offered it as a sweetened dessert.
However, it was health guru Gayelord Hauser who pushed yogurt into the limelight when he proclaimed it a wonder food in his book "Look Younger, Live Longer," published in 1950. Sales of yogurt skyrocketed, increasing production 500% by 1968.
Although no miracle health benefits have been proven to date other than standard nutritional benefits of milk products, yogurt does have some beneficial cooking applications. (In 1962, the FDA ruled that yogurt manufacturers could not make any specific health claims.) It is certainly tasty enough on its own and works well in conjunction with other ingredients.
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