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Monday, 28 December 2015

REVIEW: Vegan Kefir

By Pete Ryan

I found this in a local Holland and Barrett. Rhythm is a vegan kefir drink.  Kefir is made by fermenting using a yeast/bacteria blend that live in a symbiotic relationship.  If you have followed my blogposts for any length of time you have seen that I am a fan of fermented products.  Humans are fermentation based lifeforms in many ways.  The bacteria that are part of us are constantly fermenting and fermentation is a natural state for humans to exist in. Obviously sometimes things get 'out of whack' unwanted types of bacteria and yeast invade our bodies and upset our natural balance.  One of the goals of ingesting fermented products is to aid the body in reaching ideal levels of health and vigour. You have choices of foods like unpasteurised sauerkraut, natto, plant-based live yoghurts and several others, you can also take probiotic pills, but ideally a combination based upon your health and needs will determine the best option at that time.
So, on with this review each little bottle has about 15 billion friendly bacterial friends for you to meet.  Obviously these are live you do not heat your kefir.  I simply drank the contents.  Both were pretty good.  The plain one tasted like coconut, it was quite nice, the coconut, mango and passion fruit was very fruity and had an especially nice flavour I enjoyed a lot. I think out of the two bottles I preferred the fruit one, however sometimes I don't feel that 'fruity' and having the plain option is good for times like that.
The main differences between the two nutritionally is that the pure coconut has a hint more fat and the fruity one has more carbs, so buy the one that fits your goals he best
Nutritionally (per 100g - each bottle is 126g):

Plain coconut kefir
Fat 2g
Carbs 2.8g
Protein 0.8g

Coconut, mango and passionfruit
Fat 1.3g
Carbs 8.8g
Protein 0.8g

I will certainly be buying them again and if you are looking to introduce a natural source of probiotic into your life then consider adding these to your diet.

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