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This discovery prompted us to test some of the other liquid probiotics and coconut kefir on the market and guess what we found? The counts these producers state are massively exaggerated! It is very easy to send a sample in for testing that has been fermented for a longer period of time or is more concentrated than normal to give the impression of enhanced count. However, testing the product that will be sent to market is what actually “counts.” This has been another example of the lack of transparency in the food industry...

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I wanted to start by thanking you all for your support of thirty-two degrees! In the past month we have expanded our presence in the Midwest thanks to the help of a Minnesota distributor that has an affinity for local products; hopefully this has made our products more accessible to some of you! We were also recently certified USDA organic by the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association, making us the first ever organic coconut kefir; we were the first before the certification as well but we believe it is important to show our customers that we adhere to the national and...

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A quick background on kefir: Coconut water kefir is by definition a "water kefir" as compared to a "dairy kefir," which is a fermented dairy product. These mainly differ in the fermentation base (coconut water compared to milk), but also in the strains used to ferment the respective sugars. Certain strains ferment the sugars present in coconut water much more effectively than could strains that ferment lactose (dairy sugars). Plus, commercially available dairy kefirs have truckloads of added sugar, which is in complete opposition to the very reason most of us should be consuming probiotics. Coconut water kefir is teeming...

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This, among most topics within the natural foods sector, is plagued by both controversy and snake oil panaceas. My definition of a living diet is one that is filled with unadulterated foods, abounding in colors and shapes, free from the restraints of sealed bags and paperboard boxes. I am not promoting that humanity should sit lotus-style in a loincloth eating germinated seeds and gnawing on roots; we live in a progressive society, dominated by lists and tasks, but this does not mean a living food diet is unattainable.   Here are two mental shifts that need to take place to...

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