For the longest time, I got confused with Curd and Yogurt. I was told that both are same with different names. I remember during my journalism days, after every conferences and seminar, luncheon was served for the delegates visiting from foreign countries. So, one day when I proceeded to the buffet served for the gatherings after the conference, I noticed a European was looking for Yogurt. He asked several times to the waiter to serve him Yogurt. The poor waiter offered him curd with which ‘raita’ was prepared. He said, “I don’t want curd, I need Yogurt. Do you serve?” he asked.
My confusion rose and I immediately checked the definition of Yogurt. I must say both the ingredients share a slight difference in component and process. Today, I will explain to you the major difference between Yogurt and Curd.
Curd for household
The curd is highly common among Indian households. ‘Dahi’, by which it is popularly known among Indians is consumed by every household at least thrice a day. It is obtained from curdling of milk with an edible acid- such as citric acid from lemon or vinegar. Sometimes, the little curd is dissolved in lukewarm milk and kept it at room temperature overnight to get the required curd. In the process, the presence of bacteria- Lactobacillus makes fermentation and causes lactic acid to form, which turn the milk into curd.
Curd has two important types of vitamins such as vitamin A and Vitamin B 12. It is good for the digestive system and productive for an upset stomach. It is protein rich and has carbohydrates, minerals and fat. It also helps to fight germs causing diseases in human body. It boosts body immunity. So, eat fresh curd every day if you are suffering from the weakened immune system. Curd helps in skin treatment as it has the moisturizing effect that helps to care dry skin. Consuming yoghurt daily will help to keep in check your high blood pressure and maintain a good heart.
Yogurt and its use
On the other hand, Yogurt is also made through the same technique as curd. The fermentation is done with the help of two specific strains of bacteria called lactobacillus Bulgaria and Streptococcus thermophiles due to this the product is considered to be standardised. This is an industrial product and cannot be easily made at home. However, the curd is a homemade substance.
Yogurt has multiple vitamins as compared to curd such as Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin C and Vitamin K. Although the benefits of Yogurt is same as Curd, there are certain extra vitamins, nutrients, high protein and other added benefits in Yogurt. If you like to eat Yogurt, choose to eat Greek Yogurt.
Yogurt contains calcium, potassium, phosphorus and, sometimes, vitamin D, which helps diseases such as Osteoporosis. Lack of the basic minerals, vitamins and calcium weakens bone. It helps to fix issues with the weak immune system. Yogurt has certain properties that help in weight management. Other benefits of Yogurt are it enhances complexion, nourishes hair, prevents hypertension, provides Omega 3 for vegetarians, and many other benefits.
Moreover, Yogurt is not for everyone. People having an allergy to milk and has lactose intolerance should be careful with this product. Lactose intolerance occurs when our body lacks lactase, which is an enzyme required to break down lactose, a sugar component found in milk. It leads to several digestive problems, such as abdominal pain and diarrhea, after consuming milk products.
I hope I am able to resolve the confusion between both the products. So, now enjoy your curd and yogurt. Also, live a healthy life!
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