The nutritious probiotic beverage Kefir has been named the best dairy-based smoothie in the May issue ofConsumer Reports. Lifeway Kefir, produced by Lifeway Foods Inc. in Morton Grove, Ill., is "thick and yogurtlike, with a mild, fresh-tasting strawberry flavor," the article says.
also says the
health benefits associated with Lifeway Kefir, saying, "Three of the four
dairy-based smoothies contain yogurt; Lifeway has kefir, a cultured beverage
similar to yogurt that is claimed to have twice the amount of live and active
cultures in regular yogurt. Lifeway also has the most protein of all, at 11
grams per serving."
According toConsumer Reports,
"To see which [smoothies] are worth sipping, our trained tasters tried 12
packaged, refrigerated smoothies that are either juice- or dairy-based. We also
had 34 boys and girls ages six to 17 tell us which of four smoothies they
preferred, and we had tasters sample offerings from two smoothie chains."
Similar to yogurt but far more
beneficial, Lifeway Kefir has seven to 10 billion CFU's of 10 live and active
cultures per cup that are known to help promote better health. These friendly,
probiotic bacteria fortify the consumer's body and may help to boost immunity,
improve digestion, ward off side effects from antibiotics, fight lactose
intolerance and may even aid in weight loss.
About Lifeway Foods
Lifeway Foods Inc., recently named
one ofFortune Small Business' Fastest Growing Companies for the 4th
consecutive year, is America's leading supplier of the cultured dairy product
known as Kefir, and America's leading supplier of Organic Kefir. Lifeway Kefir
is a dairy beverage that contains 10 exclusive live and active probiotic
cultures. While most regular yogurt contains only two or three of these
"friendly" cultures, Lifeway Kefir products offer even more
nutritional benefits. Lifeway produces 12 different flavors of its drinkable
Kefir and Organic Kefir beverage, and recently introduced a series of
innovative new products such as a children's line of Organic Kefir products
called ProBugs with a no-spill pouch and kid-friendly flavors like Orange
Creamy Crawler, Goo Berry Pie, and Sublime Slime Lime. In addition, the company
produces a variety of probiotic cheese products and a line of products marketed
in U.S. Hispanic communities called La Fruta Drinkable Yogurt (yogurt drinks
distinct from Kefir). Lifeway also sells frozen kefir and kefir smoothies
through its Starfruit retail stores.
Erin O'Connor of SS/PR for Lifeway
Consumer Reports ranks Lifeway Kefir as best dairy-based smoothie
April 9, 2010