Kefir vs Yogurt
How are They Made?
- Yogurt: It is made from cow’s milk that has been heated, with two strains of bacteria added, bulgaricus and thermophilus.
- Kefir: It is also made from milk. But instead of heating the milk, cultured kefir grains are added to it at room temperature and then left to work for up to 18 hours.
- Both kefir and yogurt are good sources of calcium, potassium, and B vitamins.
- Both provide, on average, about 9 grams of protein.
- Because kefir is cultured at room temperature, it can have three times as many probiotics as yogurt.
- Kefir that has not been cultured enough will look like regular milk. Kefir that has been cultured properly has the consistency of .
- Yogurt is thicker, with a smooth, custard-like texture.
- Both kefir and yogurt are sour and tangy.
- Often, yogurt is sweetened with fruit or honey.
- Kefir may also be sweetened, but still retains its original tanginess.
- Live culture probiotics support a healthy immune system and keep your running smoothly. tract
- Yogurt and kefir are recommended for the treatment of diarrhea or bowel disease (IBD).
- As a result of the process, kefir is mostly lactose-free, making it a great option for people who are lactose-sensitive.
- Yogurt has very few side effects but can cause stomach problems or a skin rash in rare cases.
- Some of the side effects of starting to drink kefir can include bloating, constipation, or cramping.
Which is Better?
If you’re looking for more probiotics in your diet, kefir has more of the active “healthy” bacteria. However, if you’re concerned about taste, yogurt is a great source of protein without the thinness of kefir, and still provides some probiotics to aid health.