Imagine a creamy yogurt or a smooth delicious cheese that makes your mouth water. Sounds unhealthy? A common complaint is that healthy food is boring and tasteless. Not always true. Fermented milk products prepared on full-fat milk or cream can be very delicious and nutritious. However, not all fermented dairy products are healthy choices.
Fermented milk products
Below is a list of fermented diary products to assist you in making wise choices. Raw Farm has a great collection of raw cheese and kefir. This of this: In one study, subjects consumed fermented milk products for 12 weeks (containing Lactobacillus). Participants reduced abdominal fat with 4.6 percent on the average.
Most supermarkets have a dazzling array of yogurt products for all tastes. But most contain loads of sugar and additives, including most frozen yogurt. And stay away from Danone, Yakult and similar brands that are packed with sugar and additives.
Better choices: Plain, unflavored, full-fat, unsweetened yogurt like Greek yogurt with live microorganisms. Yogurt made from raw milk has a creamy, full taste and is packed with nutrients. Homemade yogurt is simple and fun.
Much commercial hard cheese is low in nutrients and will just pile on calories. And low-fat cheese has little taste and low nutritional value.
Better choices: Blue cheese and other hard, aged cheeses are good. However, we love the full-flavored cheese made from raw, unpasteurized milk like French Roquefort Camembert, Comte, and Morbier; Italian Taleggio; many Swiss cheeses. These cheeses are creamy and full-flavored!
Kefir is an ancient fermented milk products produced by adding yeast and bacteria to milk (cow, goat, sheep, coconut). The microorganisms consume sugar in the milk creating the a tangy, fresh flavor. Kefir is also easy to make at home. All you need is a kefir culture starter and some milk. Over-ripe kefir contains high levels of the potent folic acid.
Buttermilk it what is left when making butter. It’s lighter than yogurt but contains many nutrients. Buttermilk is refreshing in smoothies and excellent when baking as it promotes a good rise of the dough. Fermented buttermilk contains enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and protein. The beneficial bacteria promote a healthy digestive tract.
This is a favorite. Fermented butter has a creamy and more buttery taste, and when preparing it yourself you can make it just the way you love it. I sometimes add herbs or chili which looks appealing.
Lassi is an Asian raw yogurt drink traditionally enjoyed before dinner. There are many varieties of lassi, but try the unsweetened kind to avoid excess sugar. It is better to add fruit, berries or herbs to enhance the flavor—mango, strawberries, saffron are superb additions. When visiting Turkey, we were offered a similar drink called ayran or laban. It is yogurt mixed with cold water and sometimes a little salt that tastes very refreshing in the summer.
Make wise choices
Wherever you live, you can probably find fermented dairy products that are both healthy and tasty.
Consuming fermented milk products is a great way to promote and support the digestive tract.