Our pick of the best kefir brands
Kefir is becoming an increasingly popular drink for supporting good gut health – and Liz is a big fan. You can brew your own at home but if you’re not quite ready to take the plunge, we’ve put a list together of the best kefir brands available to buy.
It’s fair to say that the tangy flavour of kefir can take some getting used to. Shop-bought brands can be incredibly useful in this respect as they come in a whole range of delicious and nutritious flavours. From vanilla and strawberry, to mango and passionfruit, there’s a flavour to suit all tastes.
Enjoy a glass on its own as a mid-morning snack, poured over cereal or whizzed up in a smoothie – here is our pick of the best kefir brands.
Best kefir brands
Chuckling Goat is one of the UK’s most popular kefir brands – and for good reason. The delicious milk product contains a staggering 35 strains of beneficial bacteria, helping to support good gut health. It’s also a fantastic source of vitamin B12, calcium, phosphorous and vitamin A.
What’s more, you don’t even need to head out to the shops to enjoy Chuckling Goat. Take the hassle out of buying and enjoy this delicious gut-friendly product delivered straight to your door. Each bottle is made from recycled plastic too.
Each 170ml serving of Chuckling Goat contains 2g of sugar.
The Collective Dairy
For something with a bit of a twist, we love The Collective Dairy’s Mango ‘n’ Turmeric milk drink. This smooth and creamy drink packs 13 different strains of live bacteria into each bottle. Plus, with the added turmeric, it’s got a bit of a kick to it. Turmeric is well-known for its raft of wellbeing benefits. Places with high daily turmeric intakes, such as India, boast lower rates of particular diseases, including certain cancers.
Available in a variety of supermarkets, including Waitrose and Sainsbury’s, The Collective Dairy range also features a natural flavour, as well as Coconut ‘n’ Honey, Passionfruit ‘n’ Ginseng and Berries ‘n’ Hibiscus.
These tempting flavours can be an easy introduction into drinking kefir if you’re not quite sure about the original drink’s tangy taste. You can get your daily dose of gut bugs in a tasty and ready-to-go drink.
The Collective Dairy Mango ‘n’ Turmeric contains 6.1g sugar per 100ml.
Biotiful Dairy was created by figure-skater-turned-entrepreneur Natasha Bowes in 2012. After moving to London from Russia, Natasha couldn’t find a kefir that she enjoyed as much as what she’d had back home and Biotiful was born.
Biotiful comes in a range of flavours and sizes – ideal for having a supply to hand in the fridge. Along with a kefir drink, you can also enjoy cheese and yoghurt products from Biotiful. We especially love that the brand has a range for kids – ideal for encouraging good gut health from an early age.
The original Biotiful kefir contains 3.7g sugar per 100ml.
Lifeway was founded by Julie Smolyansky, author of The Kefir Cookbook, and features an array of products from low-fat varieties to frozen blends. You may have heard of Julie before – she joined Liz on an episode of the Liz Earle Wellbeing Show and explained all about the brand, along with some fascinating gut-health insights.
Each bottle of Lifeway contains 12 different live cultures and is available in a range of flavours including strawberry, blueberry and mango. Find Lifeway in Morrisons and Booths, with a full list of stockists available on the Lifeway website.
Lifeway plain low-fat kefir contains 12g sugar per 240ml.
Nourish is one of Liz’s favourite kefir brands, and for good reason. The brand was created by Deborah Carr after finding kefir successfully eased symptoms of her IBS. She now enjoys foods that she once had to exclude and credits kefir for this success.
Nourish Kefir comes in a range of flavours and sizes. Keep a bottle on standby in the fridge or take a miniature version with you for on the go – choose from original, Madagascan vanilla or a number of fruit flavours. Each bottle contains billions of good gut bugs from at least six different live strains.
Nourish original flavour contains 3.8g sugar per 100ml
Support a flourishing British business and order your gut-friendly drink from the Live Kefir Company. The brand hails from Yorkshire and has been trading since 2017, priding itself on producing handmade kefir that contains billions of live bacteria.
Live Kefir Healthy Cow drink contains 3.4g sugars per 100ml.
If you prefer your kefir dolloped in a bowl and served with berries, opt for Yeo Valley’s Kefir Yoghurt. The range comes in four different flavours including original, mango & passionfruit, strawberry and blueberry.
Each yoghurt contains 14 different live cultures including Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus cultures. Find pots of Yeo Valley in a number of food stores including Waitrose, Ocado, Tesco and Sainsbury’s.
Yeo Valley Natural Kefir Yoghurt contains 5.4g of sugar per 100g.
Yorlife kefir from Yorvale is rich in good bacteria, essential amino acids and B vitamins. The cultured milk is available in three delicious flavours and is full of the good bacteria we need to keep our internal eco systems running efficiently.
Yorlife Kefir is available in 2 litre, 500ml and 250ml bottles.
Want to make kefir at home?
Try Liz’s new Wellbeing Good Gut Box to find out just how easy and delicious it is to make kefir and more at home.
With six organic starters, and the ingredients you need to ferment everything from kefir to kombucha, this box contains Liz’s all time favourite gut boosters to help you reap the rewards of a healthy microbiome.