Health & Fitness

This is what the mysterious liquid on top of your yoghurt actually is

It's not as gross as you think.

By Danielle Tullo

If you eat Greek yoghurt, you've probably been grossed out by the mysterious liquid you see settled on top when you first open a new yoghurt container up.

You might avoid looking at it, mixing it in with the rest of your yogurt as quickly as possible — or maybe, you've even poured it out.

On Twitter people find the mysterious liquid to be their own personal hell.

And a lot of times it's confused for water.

It's actually not water, and it's not even anything that mysterious. It's whey — the liquid remaining after milk has been strained and curdled — and it's supposed to be in Greek yoghurt for nutritional purposes and because it makes yoghurt creamier. You're seeing it separated out, which often happens during its journey to your house.

"At time during transit due to handling and temperature fluctuations, some whey may separate from the yoghurt and settle on top," a Chobani representative told

Now that that's settled, we can all carry on and learn from Bekah.