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What???s the difference between yogurt and kefir?

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 6:50 PM

What’s the difference between yogurt and kefir?


Yogurt and kefir are both cultured milk products rich in protein, calcium, B vitamins and potassium. Both have a similar tart, slightly sour taste and can be purchased plain or flavoured with fruit or vanilla. They also improve lactose digestion, since the live cultures used to make them break down milk sugar. Their differences lie in consistency and the numbers and types of beneficial bacteria they contain.


Kefir, however, typically contains three times the amount of probiotic cultures than yogurt. To make kefir, milk is fermented with a mixture of 10 to 20 different types of probiotic bacteria and yeasts.


A higher probiotic count per serving means bigger potential benefits to your digestive health and immune system. Growing evidence suggests that some probiotics can help prevent allergies and eczema; alleviate bloating and constipation; treat inflammatory bowel disease; lower elevated cholesterol and blood pressure; and possibly guard against colon cancer.


You can find Kefir at your local store or make it at home with the Kefir "grains" call Tibetan Mushrooms.

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