Lifeway Kefir Yogurt

Lifeway Kefir has 12 probiotic strains, more than most other probiotic yogurts Rating:

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What is Lifeway Kefir?

Kefir is a European yogurt drink that is made from milk and “kefir grains” which are probiotic yogurt bacteria that thrive in acidic conditions. Kefir is a sour yogurt beverage that contains the most probiotic strains out of any other yogurt that we’ve analyzed. Lifeway Kefir contains 12 active probiotic strains: Bacillus lactis, Lactobacillus lactis, Streptococcus florentinus, Streptococcus diacetyllactis, Lactobacillus acidophilis, Bifidobacterium longum, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus, reuteri, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacilus rhamnosus, Bifidobaterium breve, and Leconostoc cremoris which is even more than some probiotic pills!

Does it Work?

Yogurt is effective at delivering probiotics only if those probiotics are resistant to stomach acid. The stomach is more acidic on an empty stomach than a full stomach so we recommend eating yogurt with a meal. Lactobacilli are generally stomach-acid resistant because one of the products they make is lactic acid.

Lifeway Kefir claims to have 15-20 billion CFUs of probiotic in the entire bottle at the time of manufacture. There is some time between when the product is manufactured and when it is actually consumed there should be even more probiotic than is claimed.

What you get with this product is actual live probiotic since they are able to grow in the probiotic yogurt. It is also refrigerated.

Artificial Ingredients

All the ingredients of Lifeway Kefir are safe and natural. No artificial sweeteners are utilized.


5 stars. We like the number of strains of this great tasting probiotic beverage. Ingredient Analysis:

Criteria Our Comments
Prebiotics Prebiotics are a food source for probiotics. Without a food source, probiotics will not establish themselves in your GI. Yogurt contains simple sugars that probiotics can utilize as food.
Number of Probiotic Strains There are thousands of different kinds of organisms living in your colon. Some are more helpful than others.Some probiotic organisms are more helpful that others.Every probiotic product should have S. boulardii and L. acidophilus. A good probiotic supplement will have more probiotic strains. Stonyfield Organic Yogurt only has 6 strains, 1 of which will not survive past the stomach. It does not have S. boulardii or L. acidophilus.
Number of CFUs (in billions) CFU stands for Colony Forming Unit which is representative of the number of organisms in the product. A higher CFU means more organisms can be delivered to the gut.  The number of CFUs is not disclosed.
Enteric Coating/Stomach Acid Resistant Probiotics Used Digestive juices will destroy many probiotic organisms. Lifeway Kefir utilizes probiotics that are acid resistant and thrive in the sour environment of Kefir.
No artificial coloring, dyes, or sweeteners. Acesulfame increases the risk of artherosclerosis. Lifeway Kefir does not have any artificial dyes or coloring.
Serving Size: 1 cup with 4 servings per container
Amount Per Serving %Daily Value*
Calories 140
Calories from Fat 20
Total Fat 2 g 4%
Saturated Fat 1.5 g 8%
Trans Fat 0 g 0%
Cholesterol 10 mg 4%
Sodium 125 mg 5%
Potassium 250 mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 20 g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0 g 0%
Sugars 20 g
Protein 11 g
Vitamin A 10 %
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 30%
Iron 0%
Thiamin 0%
Riboflavin 0%
Vitamin B6 0%
Vitamin B12 0%
Panthothenic Acid 0%
Phosphorous 0%
Magnesium 0%
Vitamin D 25%
*Based on a 2,000 Calorie diet


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