What's the best, most authentic brand of Kefir if you are buying it?

  • posted by Flotty
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    Hi, I’ve just started getting interested in this clever guts stuff, and haven’t time yet to make my own Kefir. What brand would you recommend to buy? I’ve tried Bio-tiful, which says it is made with pasteurised cow’s milk fermented with live kefir cultures. How do I know it’s good? Having read a few remarks in the book about what is authentic and not?!

  • posted by Firefox7275
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    What is the context of the remarks about authenticity? Page number(s) if possible.

    Dr Mosley describes kefir as “living communities of around 40 to 50 types of bacteria and yeasts” (p.208) You may not find this level of diversity in a commercial ‘fresh’ cultured milk product. Food manufacturers like controllability and reproducibility.

    For the broadest range of probiotic microbes, eat a wide variety of traditionally matured cheeses: those from unpasteurised milk, rind washed, mould ripened etc.

  • posted by malifriend
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    I tried some shop brought Kefir but soon realised that making my own was much better. I brought some well reviewed kefir gains from Amazon. And have not looked back. My gut has benefited. My IBS is not cured but is very much better just 4 months on.
    However if I was looking for grains now I would get it from someone in the Fermenting Friends Facebook group that I have joined. People are very generous and happy to share grains for just the cost of postage. The group is an excellent source of expertise and information on anything fermented from kefir to sourdough, saurkraut and beyond!

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