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24 HOUR YOGHURT Vs A PROBIOTIC PILL

Barb Hodgens

Posted on April 11 2016

Fermented food has been a mainstay of the human diet for tens of thousands of years. These days fermenting is not so common - to the detriment of our health. If you’re on the gut health path, you are probably keen to learn how to get more fermented food into your diet. Getting a dose of probiotics from homemade, naturally fermented yoghurt is a great place to start. But, it can’t be any old yoghurt - it has to be homemade 24 hour yoghurt if you want to get your fill.

Does waiting two days for yoghurt to ferment seem unreasonable to you? Are you wondering why you can't just take a probiotic pill? You can, but no pill will match the amount of good bacteria you ingest with a generous dollop of homemade 24 hour yoghurt. Read, 'Feel the benefits, make real yoghurt at home' for more on why, the homemade stuff is so good.

Hopefully this post will convince you to take or make the time. 24 hour yoghurt vs a probiotic; the facts are pretty staggering!

THE FACTS - 24 HOUR YOGHURTS Vs A PROBIOTIC

For each 1 ml of yogurt you eat, you ingest about 3 billion CFUs of probiotic goodness. CFUs are colony-forming units; a measure of how many bacteria are in a substance.

In just one cup of 24 hour yoghurt you get about 700 billion beneficial bacteria! Wow! That is incredible. Now go check your bottle of probiotics. My guess, is that it will be around the 20 - 30 billion mark per capsule. That's a big difference hey? About 30 times the healthy bacteria going into your tummy in one, delicious serve of homemade yoghurt. Can't argue with that! Source here and here

24 hour yoghurt also has a higher probiotic count than commercial yoghurt because it is fermented longer. Want to know why that st? Read the post; Making yoghurt - fermentation time and temperature make all the difference. 

THE PROBIOTIC LOW DOWN

Probiotics are strains of beneficial bacteria that, when we take them, support our native, beneficial bacteria. They also help prevent the opportunistic bacteria and bad bacteria from getting out of control.

BACTERIA IS A LIVING THING

Bacteria can morph quickly and has a short and volatile life. You know how quickly milk can sour if left out? A bowl of fresh, chilled, homemade yoghurt has an abundance of good bacteria set in the same environment they grew in. No shipping, no repackaging, no contamination, just perfectly alive, good bacteria, awaiting ingestion.

Contrast that to the bacteria in a capsule that may have become dormant. Fingers crossed that doesn’t happen to your expensive probiotics, but who knows how long they have been sitting on a shelf? I'd be especially suspicious of any probiotics that haven't been kept in the fridge.

GOOD BACTERIA AT A BARGAIN PRICE

Finally, consider how much you spend on probiotics. If you're like me, it’s a lot! With homemade 24 hour yoghurt, the cost is equal to a carton of milk – plus a little prep time.

But stop! Don’t throw those pills and capsules out. It’s not a case of one or the other, it’s the more the merrier! I’m not suggesting 24 hour yoghurt replace your probiotics. A good probiotic contains strains of beneficial bacteria not available in homemade, 24 hour yoghurt. 

IN ADDITION TO BEING A HEFTY SOURCE OF PROBIOTICS, 24 HOUR YOGHURT IS SUPER NUTRITIOUS

Apart from obviously tasting great, homemade 24 hour yoghurt also contains calcium, proteins, B vitamins (2, 6 and 12) & vitamin C, minerals, amino acids, fats, and much more! It’s not just yoghurt, it’s medicine!

For even more information on this probiotic rich yoghurt, read: Why 24 hour yoghurt should be your first, go to healing food.

ARE YOU READY TO START MAKING?
Click over to find step by step instructions for 24 hour cow's milk yoghurt and coconut milk yoghurt