- Dairy, soy, and gluten free
- Contains lauric acid
- Contains 10 active and live cultures
I’ve written previous articles detailing the benefits of kefir and coconuts. Turtle Mountain has combined the best of both with its Cultured Coconut Milk Beverage [Formerly known as So Delicious Coconut Milk Kefir]. Now I can enjoy the benefits of kefir without having to ingest cow’s milk to get it! And coconut milk provides a host of benefits including lauric acid, a medium chain fatty acid, that has anti-viral, bacterial, and fungal properties. Not only does it protect against infections and viruses, it boosts the metabolism and improves the condition of the hair and skin.
Turtle Mountain So Delicious Coconut Milk Kefir comes in three flavors: Vanilla, Strawberry, and Original. The Original has the least amount of sugar and thus contains only 70 calories in each eight-ounce serving. The other two contain approximately 100 calories. They each have about five grams of fat (although the Original has six grams). I’ve only tried the Vanilla and overall I really liked it. It has a very sweet, but authentic vanilla flavor. It’s thicker than milk but not as thick as kefir made from cow’s milk. The texture was just slightly fizzy but it’s pleasant. It was good enough to drink alone but I really liked adding protein powder and blueberries to make a smoothie.
The best part is that it’s a great alternative for those that are limiting dairy due to either allergies or just overall health concerns. I still can’t have anything but half and half in my coffee, but otherwise I’m attempting to be dairy free. So until I discovered So Delicious Coconut Milk Kefir, I had completely stopped drinking it. Previously, the dairy versions were the only ones I could afford (Whole Foods carries a few varieties with coconut water but they are way out of my price range). I’ve been looking for affordable options to include probiotics into my diet since they are so beneficial. Here is a list of benefits that come from including kefir into the diet:
- Lowers level of LDL cholesterol
- Improves digestion
- Improves the immune system
- Cures Candida
- Treats eczema
- Has anti-oxidants and anti-aging properties
- Nourishes hair
- Regulates blood pressure
- Lowers blood sugar
- Contains anti-stress properties
- Treats sleeping disorders
- Treats depression
- Treats asthma
So Delicious Coconut Milk Kefir contains ten strains of live bacteria without the need for dairy. It’s a tasty and affordable way to get a daily dose of lauric acid and probiotics. I found mine at Whole Foods but hopefully the distribution will grow and include more grocery stores as word spreads about So Delicious Coconut Milk Kefir.