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January 13, 2009

GOOD QUESTIONS: Non-dairy yogurt culture starter?

Question:  Carla, Where can I get a good yogurt starter? I want to make your coconut milk yogurt but I don't want to use a dairy starter.

Answer:  I recommend GI ProStart Yogurt Culture Starter from GI ProHealth which has a combination of three well-recognized and certified probiotic strains with documented clinical effectiveness. GI ProStart yogurt starter produces a nice, creamy, dairy-free yogurt when used with alternative milks like coconut milk and can also be used with cow or goat milk. 

GI ProStart has to stay refrigerated to keep the bacteria alive and you only use an 1/8 teaspoon to make two quarts of yogurt.

To get you psyched to make the coconut milk yogurt or any other probiotic-containing food (like sauerkraut), here are some benefits for you to consider.

  • Good bacteria make vitamins our bodies need and utilize such as B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, A and K.
  • Good bacteria produce essential fatty acids
  • Good bacteria digest lactose
  • Good bacteria regulates peristalsis and bowel movements
  • Good bacteria digests protein into amino acids
  • Good bacteria produce antibiotics and antifungals which prevent colonization and growth of bad bacteria and yeast/fungus
  • Good bacteria support the immune system and increase the number of immune cells.
  • Good bacteria balance intestinal pH.
  • Good bacteria break down bacterial toxins
  • Good bacteria have anti-tumor and anti-cancer effects.
  • Good bacteria protects us against environmental toxins like mercury, pesticides, pollution and radiation
  • Good bacteria break down and rebuild hormones
  • Good bacteria help normalize serum cholesterol and triglycerides


Are you on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet? I'm only on the beginning and I've been following the Pecan Bread site's "steps" of introducing foods. It's rough... anyway.

I found your blog when looking for pecan flour recipes. :)

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