About Kefir

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What is it?

Kefir is a European style drinkable yogurt. Its light consistency makes it so that you can either eat it with a spoon like regular yogurt, or shake it up and drink it. It is packed with live and active Probiotic cultures, Calcium and Protein. Many people compare Kefir to yogurt, yet a different method is used to make Kefir and it is said that “every kefir is a yogurt, but not every yogurt is a kefir”. This is because Kefir contains the Probiotic cultures that yogurt contains, plus more. Kefir exclusively contains Kefir cultures and because of this, it is widely accepted to be much more beneficial.

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Why is Kefir good for you?

Kefir = Probiotics

The benefits of incorporating kefir products into your diet are many. Studies are believed to show the benefits of live and active probiotics in maintaining healthy flora within the intestinal tract for digestive balance and in strengthening and enhancing the immune system. We are proud to provide you with live and active probiotics in a delicious form. We are also excited to introduce our Latta acidophillus kefir which 90% of the cultives are Latta acidophillus. Acidophillus is believed to be excellent for flora replenishment in maintaining upper and lower digestive system balance. Acidophilus is recommended specifically for post-antibiotic and post-surgery use.

Simply put, Kefir is believed to maintain a healthy digestive balance and a strong immune system. Based on studies, many believe that kefir is an excellent source of live Probiotic cultures and potent Kefir cultures, which are known to have numerous health benefits to the digestive and immune systems. For more information about the health benefits of kefir check out the links below.

Each of our Kefir varieties contains up to 14 cultures fermented from milk. Kefir is naturally rich in calcium and protein. Kefir is gluten free. All of our kefir products contain acidophilus, the most renown and powerful of the Probiotic family for its benefits. Because of how great acidophilus is for you, we’ve created a variety of Kefir which was a higher dose of it. We maximize its benefits isolating the cultive and providing it to you the more concentrated form. This kefir is slightly tangier than the others, but for a good reason and we promise you will feel the benefits!

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Benefits of Acidophilus

Acidophilus is known as “the leading probiotic” due to its benefits to the upper and lower digestive system.

Research and study results are believed to have shown that the benefits of acidophilus include, but are not limited to: assisting in the production of vitamin K, lactase (an enzyme the breaks down lactase), and various antimicrobial products.

L. Acidophilus is heavily involved in the cultivation and maintenance of a healthy environment in the gastrointestinal tract, but it also helps our bodies in other important ways. Documented studies show that it assists with digestive disorders and vaginal yeast infections as well as provides the body with cancer fighting agents and helps to lower cholesterol. Other health benefits include:

  • Assists in the synthesis of vitamins such as B12 and K
  • Creates an unfriendly inhospitable environment for harmful bacteria in the body
  • Helps to alleviate symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease
  • It is often prescribed by doctors as a supplement post-antibiotic use
  • We are providing L. Acidophilus as a refreshing treat.

Acidophilus has been recommended for post antibiotic and post-surgery use.

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“The world of micro-organisms has always intrigued me.  As a food scientist I was familiar with food processing and microorganism dependent preservation. The benefit of these organisms became very apparent to me in 1993, when I had my large intestines removed due to a cancerous condition. Upon recovery from the operation and cessation of antibiotics my intestines were in trauma and my immune system in shambles.

A professor at University of Maryland sent me a small kefir culture and suggested I make kefir as part of my diet.  Within days my intestinal issues were gone and a healthy immune system returned. That’s why when approached by Latta to assist in their kefir production, I said “yes” – it matched my interest, belief and passion.”

Dr. Marlin Grimes

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How is it Made?


Our genuine kefir is fermented right in the container, just like the old days! We take Amish Country milk, add beneficial probiotic kefir cultures, and then incubate the product while it is right in the bottle or cup. After meticulous care, the kefir is cooled and ready to enjoy. For the fruit varieties, we simply add all natural flavor and fruit puree. At Latta, we stick to the traditional recipe because we feel that the original makers of kefir had it right—less is more. We use all natural ingredients combined expertly and each bottle is individually made to perfect our traditional Russian kefir, making a delicious and nutritious product.

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A direct translation of Kefir actually means “pleasure” or “good feeling”. Kefir originated in the North Caucasus region of Eastern Europe when it was accidentally discovered by nomadic shepherds while they were carrying fresh raw milk in their animal skin bags. Being on the go for long periods of time, the milk fermented and became a unique and flavorful beverage. Aside from the new taste they discovered, it is said that they felt significant improvements in their digestion, energy levels, and overall health, which helped them get through their long journeys through the mountains. They started to spread the word and soon the buzz about Kefir expanded to other areas in Eastern Europe. Before long, Kefir came to be a staple in Middle Eastern and Eastern European diets, particularly Russian. It is said that a major reason for its popularity and quick acceptance in different cultures was the great health benefits that people noticed after drinking kefir.

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Kefir Uses

Did you know? Kefir is good for you inside and out! Kefir is an extremely versatile product and although it is great on its own it has tons of different uses. It is a great addition to soups, dressings, sauces, dips, baked goods, desserts, and more.  It can be a lighter, healthier alternative to sour cream, and is of course a great addition to smoothies. It’s also great for skin and hair. It is said that the pH and the cultures in the kefir work to help acne, exfoliate, and create a glowing complexion. Women in Russia have used Kefir masks for centuries on their skin and hair in order to help maintain a youthful, glowing complexion and healthy locks.

To find out more and for easy ways to start incorporating Latta Kefir into your lifestyle—including home-made beauty treatments, delicious foods, and beverages—Check out our Recipes tab.

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The Latta Difference

Latta products are not mass produced; each small batch is carefully made starting with real pure Amish Country milk. The kefir is made right in the container not in a vat and we use the traditional Russian method of creating kefir. Our products contain zero artificial ingredients (colors, flavorings, or preservatives), thickeners (the texture is achieved from the natural fermentation process, not from additives ), or milk substitutes. Aside from the probiotic cultures*—nothing you cannot pronounce!

*Probiotic cultures found in Latta products include: L. acidophilus, L.Casei, L.bulgaris, S.thermophilus, Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. Bulgaris, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium longum, Bifidobacterium infantis, L. casei, L.lactis, Leuconostoc cremoris, L. rhamnosus, S. diacetylactis, B.Bacterium breve, L. Planatarum, and S. Thermophilus.


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