Toxic waste from Greek yogurt poses danger to waterways

May 29, 2013 1:38 PM

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Toxic waste from Greek yogurt poses danger to waterways

Greek yogurt has become an increasingly popular low-calorie treat in the United States, as it is thicker and contains more protein than regular yogurt. In fact, the yogurt is in such high demand that total yogurt production has nearly tripled in New York state over the last five years.

But the new diet fad harbors a dark secret. When Greek yogurt is strained, a thin, runny waste product known as acid (sour) whey is left over. According to a new report from Modern Farmer, whey acid – a liquid containing mostly water, lactose (sugar), protein and yogurt cultures – is extremely toxi...

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