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Difference Between Sour Cream and Yogurt

Sour Cream vs Yogurt

We all love dairy products, especially yoghurt and sour cream, don’t we? Both make great recipes and are also eaten as such by people. Despite similarities in looks and taste, there are differences between sour cream and yogurt that will be highlighted in this article.

To make sour cream, we have to begin with cream, while to make yogurt, we begin by taking milk and causing its fermentation through bacteria. It is cow’s milk that is considered ideal to make yogurt, though yogurt can be conveniently made with milk obtained from other cattle also such as goat, sheep, buffalo, and even yaks and camels. Lactose present in milk gets fermented with the help of bacteria called yogurt cultures becomes sour because of formation of lactic acid. In some cultures, yogurt is eaten raw and some eat it adding salt, while others like sweetened yogurt (called mishti dahi in Bengal). If you do not have yogurt culture, just add a spoon of leftover yogurt into milk and leave it for a few hours to be turned into yogurt.

In the case of sour cream, it is bacterial culture that is introduced to regular cream obtained from milk, which makes the cream thick and sour. It is not as sour as yogurt, but gets the name sour cream because of the process of making of lactic acid being referred to as souring. Cream is nothing, but fat obtained from milk, which can also be turned into butter. Sour cream can be easily made at home by adding culture from buttermilk to cream. Traditionally, sour cream was made by allowing fresh cream to sour naturally. The acids changed cream into sour cream that can be added to both sweet as well as salty dishes. Sour cream cannot be made with pasteurized cream as the absence of bacteria means the cream produced will not be sour; the cream will get spoiled rather.

Sour cream is available in the market, but it is prudent to check the label for the ingredients as there are some ingredients like rennet, gelatin, vegetable enzymes, salt, and sodium citrate etc that may be a source of allergy to some.

There are many who have allergy to dairy products. Such people are advised by doctors to consume yogurt as it is not only nutritious, it does not produce allergy in people. Yogurt also increases immunity, which is why it is given to patients who are recovering from various ailments. It not only contains all the protein of milk, but is also rich in calcium and vitamins B6 and B12.

What is the difference between Sour Cream and Yogurt?

· Fermenting of cream gives sour cream, while yogurt is obtained by fermenting milk itself.

· Both are dairy product with different nutritional values.

· Yogurt has been around since 4500BC, when milk had accidentally turned into yogurt

· When fresh cream is left on its own for a few hours, it turns sour through a process called souring; giving the cream its name, though sour cream is not as sour as yogurt.

· Yogurt is in itself a food item, while sour cream is mostly used as a condiment to make recipes tastier.

· Yogurt being more nutritious is given to pregnant women, children and adults. It is also given to sick people while recovering from ailments.


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