France: The Big Yogurt Binge

The Bible tells us that Abraham fed it to his guests. Assyrians ate it for their health and, according to Pliny, Persian women believed it to be good for their skin. In Iran, the sour, thick fermented milk is called mast, and one of the most popular brands is "Mickey Mast." The Greeks know it as oxygala, and it is filmjolk in Sweden. Bulgarians have always had the reputation of being the world's greatest yogurt eaters but, thanks to the energies of a Paris company called Societe Danone, the French, of all people, are taking over the championship. Last...

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