Fermented food has been a mainstay of the human diet for 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 champion 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. If you are on a gut healing journey, homemade yoghurt should be your first go to healing food. For further information, click over and read 'Feel the benefits, make real yoghurt at home!'
Hopefully this post will convince you to take or make the time for the facts are pretty staggering!
The official website for 'Breaking the vicious cycle - intestinal health through diet' claims that "24 hour SCD yoghurt has a concentration of 3 billion cfu/ml which means that in just a cup of Yogurt (236ml) you'll get 708 Billion beneficial bacteria and that's about 50 times more than that claimed for a typical 15 billion 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!
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.
Probiotics are strains of beneficial bacteria that, when taken, support our native, beneficial bacteria. They also help prevent the opportunistic bacteria and bad bacteria from getting out of control. Here is everything you need to know about yoghurt starter culture.
Bacteria can morph quickly and can have a short and volatile life if the conditions are not right. A bowl of 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.
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 multi-strain probiotic will contain strains of beneficial bacteria not available in homemade, 24 hour yoghurt.
A probiotic can also be used, in addition to, or in stead of a traditional yoghurt starter culture. Read more on Yoghurt starter cultures here.
Apart from obviously tasting great, homemade 24 hour SCD 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.