What is the difference between Kefir and Yogurt?

difference between kefir and yogurt

What is the difference between kefir and yogurt? Yogurt is produced by a fermentation process using bacteria, and kefir is produced by a fermentation process using bacteria and yeast. If you have ever tasted any kind of kefir, you notice it is in more of a liquid state compared to yogurt, and has a kind of a bubbly sensation similar to champagne.

Will they colonize?

Typically, the friendly bacteria found in yogurt don’t colonize. You eat the yogurt, the friendly bacteria may do some good on their way through your digestive system, but then they are gone, leaving nothing behind.
The bacteria in kefir, on the other hand, typically do colonize. This means they are more apt to stick around and do some good. By reproducing, they add additional amounts of the good guys to your gut.

Beyond dairy

Dairy products were the traditional mediums used to create both yogurt and kefir. Overtime, we have learned that you can make yogurt and kefir using other mediums like soy, almond, rice and coconut “milks”. These can be great alternatives for people who don’t want to consume, or can’t consume, dairy products.

Coconut as a medium makes so much sense; the health benefits of coconut alone far surpass dairy, soy, almonds and rice. There is a BIG difference in coconut waters out there. We like Tula’s CocoKefir (pictured above) because the water is coming directly from the actual coconut at their facility. We always stress the importance of knowing the quality and source of the raw material in a product! It is the key to getting the best super food or supplement.

Fuzzy feeling

Tula’s gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside, not just because of the natural bubbles in the products, but because I knew the owner and founder Michael growing up. We lost touch for a time, and once we reconnected, I learned how his daughter Tula’s health challenges inspired their family to learn more about health and nutrition at the gut level. When they made their natural products for the world, they did it right.

Look for the best

The serving size of a high quality kefir can be as little as 1-2 ounces a day for health maintenance, or up to a ¼ cup or more a day for deeper healing support. Tula’s CocoYo made with the coconut water and meat (shown below), is so versatile because it is awesome in smoothies and it has a nice creamy consistency that could be blended well into many other kinds of recipes.

The difference between kefir and yogurt may ultimately come down to the quality of the product over all. Always look to buy from a company that specializes in what they do, it will give you the best chance of consuming the best products for your health.

difference between kefir and yogurt

Fermented Coconut Water and MeatCocoYo Kefir

9 Responses to What is the difference between Kefir and Yogurt?

  1. Jordan Troublefield says:

    I’ve always seen kefir in stores but always gravitated towards the greek yogurt, because i was uneducated about what it was. After reading this, and exploring more sites about kefir, i’m super impressed and intrigued by the health benefits. Would love to try!

  2. Scott Thorstad says:

    I am very interested in trying the various products to see if they help me control my medical condition. I was diagnosed with gastro-paresis. Probiotics are recommended but I have problems taking them in pill form (I would rather get them through the foods I eat). I eat Greek yoghurts and enjoy them but am always looking for other foods to complement my diet. I am hoping they help me re-set my digestive tract and help me feel like I did 10 years ago.

  3. Lisa says:

    This is great for those who are gluten free & dairy free. We follow this diet in our family due to autism spectrum. This product would be very helpful.

  4. Wendy says:

    I love this product and have started to give it to my entire family. I hope it will wind up in a store near me…soon!

  5. Brianna Wagnon says:

    i would love to try this because i have many chronic illnesses including various that are gastrointestinal- so this would be very beneficial for me!

  6. Melanie says:

    Would love to try this! I wasn’t familiar with this product before you posted it — and I’m local to MN!

  7. Melanie says:

    Would love to try this! I live in Minneapolis so it would be fun to try a local product. The only kefir I’ve ever bought is Lifeway.

  8. Katarina says:

    Trying to fight health problems I went gluten-free and later dairy free. Made kefir from goat and cow milk before giving up diary. Looking for an alternative as I am aware of the benefits of cultured foods. Would love to try your CocoKefir!!!

  9. lace says:

    I’ve never heard of this product before and would love to give it a try. We love dairy kefir! This sounds amazing as well.

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