Kefir vs Yogurt: What is the difference between kefir vs yogurt? Well, although they seem very much the same, there is a vast range of difference.
Kefir and yogurt are considered by some to be a similar product, because taste-wise, they tend to be very alike. They both also are a “live” food, meaning they contain living, active probiotic cultures. They are both very good for digestion and both are made from milk.
The most obvious difference between kefir vs yogurt is the visual one. Kefir is much more liquid and is most often enjoyed as a drink. Whereas yogurt normally has a much firmer texture and is more likely to be ‘eaten” rather than drunk.
However, if you compare kefir vs yogurt from the probiotics angle, the major difference – and the one that is most compelling – is that kefir has at least three times (and probably more) the amount of probiotic cultures which are typically present in yogurt products.
Taking this a step further, it is not only the amount of friendly bacteria present in kefir, but the diversity and range of bacteria, which makes kefir far superior to yogurt for health-promoting. Kefir actually contains about ten types of probiotics. And of course, this supplies a much wider range of health benefits for your body.
Instead of just passing through your digestive system as yogurt does, the beneficial probiotics kefir gives you, colonize themselves right throughout your digestive tract. This is great for fending off any invading pathogens. Friendly bacteria make up around 80% of our immune system – we need them to be healthy. So it makes good sense to be continually restoring high amounts into our system.
While 500ml of yogurt contains approximately 1.5 trillion friendly bacteria organisms the same amount of kefir contains an almost incomprehensible 5 trillion probiotic organisms. (bet you wished you had seen me counting them!)
Kefir has a combination of friendly bacteria along with a range of beneficial yeasts, whereas yogurt typically only contains lactobacillus (and sometimes bifidus) bacteria.
Now, I am not saying yogurt is no good – because it is still a very healthy, nutritious food. It is just that if a choice is to be made between kefir vs yogurt then – in my book – kefir wins hands down, every time.
Most people would agree that the taste of these two probiotic products is very much the same. If you like yogurt you will certainly appreciate kefir. They both have a slightly sour bite to them. However, depending on the method of making each, the taste can vary wildly.
Kefir is able to be fermented for only a short time. And while a very short fermentation time will still imbue the milk with beneficial bacteria, it will leave you with a smooth product that is very milky, silky and very mild in taste. If it is fermented until the kefir solids separate from the whey – as pictured above, then the final kefir product will be more acidic and sour.
It is very much the same with making yogurt. The longer fermentation time, then the stronger your yogurt will taste.
However, both kefir and yogurt can easily be flavored, even if a person does not like the sourish taste (which is typically relatively mild) any sensitive taste buds can be catered for, too.
Having made both kefir and yogurt, kefir is the one I stick with these days, and have for many years now. Apart from the superior nutritional value of kefir vs yogurt, the ease of making kefir simply has no comparison. It is simply a matter of popping your kefir grains into some milk, waiting 24 hours or however long it takes to transform your milk, straining off the product and starting again. Any young child can make kefir.
There is also the major benefit of the tiny costs involved. To be able to make kefir at home for just the price of the milk, would make it possibly one of the most affordable ways there is, for people to improve their health. It is such an easy addition into any lifestyle
And as long as your culture is kept fed, it will last indefinitely. Your kefir grains are a microscopic army of non-complaining caregivers, working for you free of charge, for ever and a day