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.  

Consumer Reportsalso 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.    
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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 Foods