Is Kefir Healthier Than Yogurt?

Most of us have been thinking the taste of Kefir is just similar to Yogurt. However, research from health institutes shows that Kefir contains 3 times more good bacteria (Probiotics) compared to yogurt.

Milk kefir is quite different from yogurt in that the strains contained colonize the intestinal tract and don’t just pass through with temporary benefit. Some of the strains in kefir are aggressive in nature too, which means they attack and destroy pathogens reasserting dominance and control of the intestinal environment.

This is why eating a ton of kefir when you have gut imbalance issues can sometimes trigger a temporary healing crisis from pathogen die-off in the gut. Eating lot of yogurt rarely causes this type of reaction as the effect on digestive health is much milder.

In addition, kefir contains a lot larger range of bacteria, as well as beneficial yeasts which combat Candida problems.

Probiotics in Traditional Yogurt Probiotics in Kefir
Streptococcus thermophilus Lactobacillus acidophilus
Bifidobacterium lactis Lactobacillus brevis
Lactobacillus acidophilus Lactobacillus casei
Lactobacillus bulgaricus Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. Bulgaricus
Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. Delbrueckii
Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. Lactis
Lactobacillus helveticus
Lactobacillus kefiranofaciens subsp. kefiranofaciens
Lactobacillus kefiri
Lactobacillus paracasei subsp. paracasei
Lactobacillus plantarum
Lactobacillus rhamnosus
Lactobacillus sake
Lactococcus lactis subsp. Cremoris
Lactococcus lactis subsp. Lactis
Lactococcus lactis
Leuconostoc mesenteroides subsp. Cremoris
Leuconostoc mesenteroides subsp. Dextranicum
Leuconostoc mesenteroides subsp. Mesenteroides
Pseudomonas
Pseudomonas fluorescens
Pseudomonas putida
Streptococcus thermophiles

From the chart list above, there is a very big difference in the probiotic benefit between kefir and yogurt. Moreover, due to the higher potency of kefir, it is easy to stay under the 2 cups per day limit recommended by Jordin Rubin (quoted above) for those with a sensitivity to the Streptococcus thermophilus probiotic strain.

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