If you're a fan of Greek yogurt, you're probably familiar with the brand Fage. And like us, you've probably wondered about the round piece of soggy parchment paper covering the top of every container of Fage yogurt. Why is it there? What does it do? Thanks to the website Food Republic, we finally have an answer.It's a pretty straightforward answer: the parchment round absorbs any excess whey that rises to the top after the yogurt is packed. Whey — that clear liquid that often separates out from yogurt a day or two after it is opened — is also what is strained away from Greek yogurt to make it thicker than regular yogurt. Even after that, enough remains to be soaked up by that little circle of paper.
So there you have it — a little daily mystery solved!
Anjali is a former private chef who is currently pursuing a graduate degree in nutrition, with plans to become a registered dietitian. She lives in Los Angeles. You can read more of her health-focused writing at Eat Your Greens.
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