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   Posted 7/2/2008 9:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm almost afraid to ask this since the EVOO topic got a little colorful!
I've read some on the kefir and I am lactose intolerate.  Two of my concerns of course is taste and the fact that it's suppose to "build the immune system".  I don't know about you but my immune system is already in overdrive!
Should any of you make kefir part of your diet, do you have any recommendations on brands and/or flavors?  

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   Posted 7/2/2008 9:48 PM (GMT -7)   
i used to drink it until i made my own yogurt. i do that now as part of the scd and i can control the ingredients and i feel i have a better chance of having live cultured probiotics in my yogurt as it is fresh and not on a store shelf for who knows how long and was also pasteurized. i believe i make a better product. but anyhoo.....

the 2 brands i find most prevalent are lifeway and helios. helios should be avoided if you are on the scd since it contains FOS, which is illegal on that diet. i am now beginning to see other brands emerge.

so in a nutshell, kefir is a cousin to yogurt. it is more "drinkable". so like yogurt, most people dont like the plain flavor (i think plain is better cos you get rid of the added sugars and what not - you can use it as a base, like yogurt, and add stuff on your own like honey, fruit, extracts) so they go for the flavored kinds. every one i know whom i introduced it to loves it.

as to lactose intolerance, if you can tolerate yogurt, you should be able to tolerate this.

for the immune system - all the benefits of yogurt, but probably more. think of it as yogurt basically. if yogurt doesnt kick your immune system into over drive (i dont see how it could, i know you were using a figure of speech) then you should be fine on this too.
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   Posted 7/2/2008 9:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Instead of kefir I drink goats milk and eat LOTS of goat yogurt. The goat yogurt also has probiotics in it (the healthy bacteria for your intestines) so I would much rather eat that then drink kefir (yuck).

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   Posted 7/2/2008 10:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Harry...I do make my own yogurt too. The Lifeway was the brand I was considering. I understand it's pretty common in the Chicago area. I'll have to google around NC to see if I can find it.

Liturbo-I can't say that I've seen the goat yogurt around these here parts but I'll keep my eyes peeled.
I do LOVE goat cheese though!!!
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   Posted 7/2/2008 10:54 PM (GMT -7)   
In my reading about the topic of probiotics, I found that digestion destroys between 90 and 99.9% of the bacteria that pass through the stomach. I have read numerous reports that refer to the anti-inflammatory benefits of certain bacteria, notably some lactobacillus strains and bifidobacter brevis as well as other reports that showed a reduction of gut permeability resulting from lactobacillus bacteria supplements. To get the most benefit from these probiotics, you would need to take the supplements in an enteric coated capsule so that they reach your colon alive. One final item - bifidobacter are inactivated by exposure to air, so most supplements that purport to provide them won't actually provide live bacteria. There is some mention of micro-encapsulated formulations that protect the bifidobacter in the formulation, but I don't know of any brands that promise that benefit. If you want to get the benefit of these bacteria you need more of them than you can get from kefir or yogurt.
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