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Our pick of the best kefir brands to support gut health

Kefir is a 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.

Our pick of the best kefir brands

M&S Food x Zoe Gut Shot

If you prefer a fruity twist to your kefir, this shot (a collaboration between M&S Food and nutrition company, Zoe) will be right up your street.

Teeming with live cultures (5 billion of them to be exact), each bottle contains 14 strains of gut-friendly bacteria along with plenty of prebiotic fibre and nourishing goodness from plants. While it’s only a little bottle, it certainly packs a punch.

Each 150ml serving contains 5.6g of sugar.

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Nourish Kefir

Nourish 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 to suit all tastes (and different bottle sizes, too). 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.

Plus, Nourish sells its own brand of starter cultures, meaning you can brew your own kefir at home.

Nourish original flavour contains 3.8g sugar per 100ml  

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Chuckling Goat

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.  

And the brand has even expanded into creating kefir skincare – teeming with probiotics and made using anti-inflammatory goat’s milk.

Each 170ml serving of Chuckling Goat contains 2g of sugar.

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Biotiful Gut Health

Biotiful 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 drink, you can also enjoy coffee 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 Gut Health contains 3.7g sugar per 100ml.

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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.

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Live Kefir

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 dairy that contains billions of live bacteria.

The range includes a cow and goat milk, alongside a coconut milk option.

Live Kefir Healthy Cow drink contains 3.4g sugars per 100ml.

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Yeo Valley

If you prefer your kefir dolloped in a bowl and served with berries, opt for Yeo Valley’s Kefir Yoghurt. The range comes in a number of tasty flavours including original, rhubarb, 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.

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Ki Kefir

Ki Kefir is 100% organic and made in small batches for fabulous quality. It’s made from all-natural grass fed cows meaning you get all the dairy goodness, including essential omega-3 fatty acids.

Presented in beautiful, fully recyclable glass bottles, this Sussex-based brand offers kefir with a tangy kick!

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