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.
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.
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.