The Specific Carbohydrate Diet

Frequently Asked Questions


Seth writes:
Kefir is more potent than yogurt, so if one cannot tolerate the yogurt then I would be cautious about trying kefir. Did you try straining the yogurt? Making your own kefir isn't as easy as yogurt to get started, but once you get started with it I think it can be easier.

If you're really interested in making Kefir, I suggest that you join a list dedicated to it. The one I belong to is:

If you let them know that you are on the SCD and need to remove all lactose, then Dominic (the list owner) will help you out and you can get grains.

There seems to be a bit of confusion over the word grain. Kefir has no grains of the wheat, barley, corn, and rice variety. The Kefir grain looks like small cauliflower and is squooshy like rubber. It is made of a polysaccharide matrix that the microbes make from the milk and live in/on it. The yeast are beneficial ones. Just as there are "good" and "bad" bacteria, there are "good" and "bad" yeast. Kefir is something I recommend to my friends who are on long antibiotic treatments because antibiotics do not kill the yeast in Kefir - so this is one advantage that kefir has over yogurt.

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