Ah! Yogurt! Versatile and nutritious, it nourishes the body and heals the gut. It’s benefits are multiplied when it is homemade and fermented for 24 hours, which is what I recommend. Also, making your own yogurt allows you to use any type of milk and avoid dairy if you so desire.
During this experiment, I tried 4 different recipes and 4 different probiotics. The first recipe I tried was from Danielle Walker’s book, Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great, but I halved the recipe and still used a full capsule of probiotic. The first time, I used Plexus Probio5 and found that the taste was not sour enough. In fact, it still tasted like coconut milk (despite having properly separated after the fermentation.
I then realized that I should have used more than one capsule since the recipe specifies that the capsule should contain 50 billion IU and the Plexus Probio5 contains 2 billion CFU per capsule. Its strains are chosen for their ability to combat yeast overgrowth and it contains the enzyme chitinase, which is known to work against candida by breaking down yeast cell walls. Great for your health, but not so great for yogurt making!
For my second experiment, I used the Ultimate Flora Critical Care. The result was amazing! Great texture and taste!Then I tried this recipe twice using Ultimate Flora Critical Care. I used tapioca starch as a thickener in one version and agar powder in the other. The yogurt didn’t get much thicker, I find that gelatin works a lot better. Yes, it was more liquid than I like, but it still tasted great. A few weeks later, I decided to use Danielle Walker’s recipe to try a third probiotic I had in the fridge. It is called Garden of Life Urinary Tract+ 50 billion CFU. The results were comparable to that of the Ultimate Flora Critical Care.
Lastly, we have been getting some goat’s milk, so I decided to experiment with my new Plexus Vital Biome. This probiotic is more powerful than the Probio5 with 20 billion CFU. Vital Biome is formulated to heal gut disbiosis, a bacterial imbalance in the gut causing a diversity of symptoms like mood disorders, food sensitivity and skin issues among others. When I made yogurt with Vital Biome, I used only one capsule for a litre of milk. I didn’t add any thickener, but then I strained it as pictured and the result was impressive! The taste was nicely sour and the yogurt had a good consistency.So what’s the conclusion of this experiment? You don’t need specially formulated yogurt starter to get great yogurt, all you need is a great probiotic! “All disease begins in the gut” is a very important quote attributed to Hippocrates, a Greek physician considered to be the father of medicine. If you would like to improve your gut health and are looking for excellent supplements, please comment below, I will be happy to help.