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Support Science with Yogurt

This article appeared in the July 31, 2015 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

 

By Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise

 

Is the hot weather getting you down? Are you wondering what you can do to support science education in your community? Solve both problems at once by joining Explorit Science Center for a fundraiser at Cultivé Frozen Yogurt on Wednesday, August 5!

 

All day, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Cultivé Frozen Yogurt (231 E St. in Davis), will donate a portion of their sales to Explorit, just mention the Explorit Fundraiser when you order. So you get a cool treat and the satisfaction of supporting your local science center, all in one cup of creamy deliciousness!

 

And while you’re enjoying that refreshing snack, you just might be supporting your digestive system and immunity. Yogurt has been made for centuries from curdled milk that allows bacteria to grow and flourish. While that may sound gross, many bacteria are actually beneficial, and you already have lots of them inside you already!

 

Your intestines regularly rely on microflora like peptococcus and lactobacillus to process the proteins and carbohydrates you eat, and absorb water from your food. Plus, they help protect you from any harmful bacteria you may happen to ingest.

 

But that’s not all. The microbes in your digestive system also support your immunity by teaching your immune system how to identify the pathogens it needs to fight to protect you from infections. Those tiny creatures really work overtime to take care of you!

 

The bacteria growing in the yogurt-making process are referred to as probiotics, tiny living things that are good for us. When you eat yogurt, you’re adding more good bacteria to your system, helping replenish your body’s natural supply.

 

It’s still unknown exactly how helpful eating yogurt can be to boosting your own colony of microflora; more research is needed. But yogurt can also be a good source of calcium, vitamin D and protein, among other beneficial nutrients. So even though many frozen yogurts have higher fat and sugar contents than other forms of yogurt, that chilled treat can be a better choice than many desserts.

 

Plus, on Wednesday, August 5 you can indulge for the good of science education! So come on out to Cultivé Frozen Yogurt between 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Be sure to mention Explorit to have your purchase counted to help support science education in our community!

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Explorit’s coming events:

 

  • Explorit’s Exploration Gallery is open to the public every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. and every Friday, 3:00-6:00 p.m.  Admission is $5.00 per person; Explorit members, teachers and children 2 and under are free. Come check out the new “Our World in Water” activities!
  • Don’t miss our tasty fundraiser at Cultivé Frozen Yogurt (231 E St. in Davis) on Wednesday, August 5, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Mention the Explorit fundraiser when you order and a portion of your purchase will go to benefit Explorit Science Center.
  • Interested in helping out the community through board membership? Explorit is currently seeking individuals in the community to serve as members of our volunteer board. Please call or email for additional information on how to apply.
  • Interested in membership?  Think your Explorit membership may have lapsed?  Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 to check or sign up!
  • Birthdays are back at Explorit!  Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 for more information or to book your party.

 

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Explorit Science Center is located at 3141 5th St. For more information call (530) 756-0191 or visit http://www.explorit.org, or “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/explorit.fb.

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