Why You Should Never Drain That Liquid At The Top Of Your Yogurt

February 23, 2017

There’s nothing better than a good breakfast in the morning. Whether that’s bacon and eggs, fluffy pancakes, or yogurt with berries and granola, breakfast has long been revered as the most important meal of the day.

With people becoming more health-conscious, yogurt has become a very popular breakfast food. It’s light and refreshing, comes in many flavors, and tastes incredible with nuts and fruits mixed in.

If you love to eat yogurt, you know that there’s often a weird liquid at the top, especially in Greek yogurt.

Many people are confused by the liquid, even though it’s a natural part of yogurt. If you’re one of those people, you might quickly stir it into your yogurt while trying to ignore it’s there, or you might even dump it out.

Pouring the liquid into the garbage or down the drain may seem like a good solution, but there are actually multiple reasons why you shouldn’t do that.

[H/T: Cosmopolitan]


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If you’ve ever found that weird liquid sitting on top of the yogurt and didn’t know what it was, you’re not alone.

Many people choose to dump the liquid out and pretend it was never there, but you shouldn’t do that.


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Don’t pour out the liquid on top of your yogurt, and not just because you could accidentally lose your yogurt: it’s because the liquid is supposed to be there!

In fact, it actually makes your yogurt creamier.


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AOL explains, “It is called whey, the liquid that remains after milk has been curdled and strained. Whey naturally separates and stays on top of the yogurt. The liquid has protein and a sour taste.”


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If the term “whey” sounds familiar, it’s because it’s in the popular nursery rhyme “Little Miss Muffet,” which reads:

Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey;
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her,
And frightened Miss Muffet away.

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Cooking Light explains, “The clear liquid that often separates and floats to the top of many yogurts contains a little protein and tart flavor: Don’t pour off — stir in.”

Greek yogurt can be a great breakfast or snack, but make sure you’re leaving the whey to get the full nutritional value!

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Do you normally drain the whey or stir it in? Let us know in the comments!

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