Milk Kefir and Yogurt

Upper left: "Making_Kefir-16.jpg" by David Niergarth licensed under CC BY 2.0/Cropped and added text
Upper right: “Kefir” by secretlondon123 licensed under CC BY 2.0
Lower right: “Homemade Yogurt” by Marco Verch licensed under CC BY 2.0/Added text.  

Fermented foods and beverages are an excellent and economical source of probiotics.  And milk kefir and yogurt are no exceptions.

Both kefir and yogurt serve a useful purpose and it is to your advantage to include both of them in your diet.

Both are made from milk and both of them are full of probiotics.

Milk Kefir
  • Kefir is a mesophilic culture which means it cultures at room temperature.
  • Kefir grains are made of up to 20 different kinds of bacteria and yeasts.
    "Kefir-Grains" by Tarikgore is licensed under CC BY 2.0
  • Kefir grains are added to milk and allowed to culture at room temperature for 24 to 48 hours.
  • Kefir has to be attended to every day by straining the grains and adding fresh milk.
  • Kefir is able to colonize the gut with up to 20 different strains of good bacteria.
  • Kefir is a liquid drink, although by straining the whey it can be made into a cheese.
  • Kefir is tangier than yogurt.
  • Kefir contains certain strains of healthy bacteria that are not present in yogurt.
  • Kefir is easier to digest than yogurt because the curd size is smaller.
Kefir has to be attended to every day be straining the grains
"Making_kefir-05.jpg" by David Niergarth is licensed under  CC BY 2.0

     Benefits of Milk Kefir
  • Helps to boost immunity
  • Helps to heal IBS
  • Helps to build bone density
  • Helps to ward off allergies
  • Helps to improve lactose digestion
  • Helps to control Candida
  • Helps to support detoxification
  • Yogurt is both a mesophilic (room temperature) culture and a thermophilic (with heat) culture.
  • Yogurt cultures have only a handful of bacteria in them.
  • Yogurt is made by adding yogurt cultures to milk.
  • The bacteria in yogurt are transient which means it feeds the good gut bacteria and it helps to keep the intestines clean.
  • Yogurt is a solid food and can be made even thicker by straining the whey.

Health Benefits

      What Kind of Milk Should Be Used to Culture Yogurt & Kefir?
  • Pasteurized whole milk is good.
  • Organic, pasteurized whole milk is better.
  • Raw whole milk is best.
  • Goat’s milk, either pastured (better) or raw (best).

    Random Facts
  • Home cultured kefir and yogurt are best, as store bought products are likely to contain artificial and/or natural flavors and sugar.
  • Home cultured kefir and yogurt are less expensive than their store bought counterparts.
  • Kefir is a tasty and healthy addition to your smoothies.
  • Both kefir and yogurt are good sources of protein, high in calcium, potassium, and B vitamins.

As you can see, yogurt and kefir are both beneficial and work together for optimal health.  Kefir is an excellent way to colonize the gut with good bacteria and yogurt is a good way to feed that good bacteria.

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