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Kefir or lassi better probiotic?

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Created December 21, 2011 at 7:39 AM

I just found out that my 77-year old mom is having regular diarrhea. She is quite weak and underweight after a major spinal fusion last spring (112 at 5'7" + 2 of those Pounds are stainless steel or Titanium...) i was shopping in whole foods the other day (oh heaven) and saw kefir and right next to it, lassi. The lassi was available in a mango flavor so I bought it since i know she likes mango. But I was wondering which would be the better probiotic for diarrhea? And how much should she try at a time? (She won't eat sour things - she even sugars fage yogurt so I had to buy a sweetened version.)

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on December 21, 2011
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@ Nance=No Prob! :)

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on December 21, 2011
at 07:37 PM

I just saw coconut water for the first time today in whole foods. Wow! The stuff you can get in the US... boggles the mind. I never heard of coconut water before!

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on December 21, 2011
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Thanks Nance! All good ideas. She likes the fage greek yogurt, so I try to get the full fat version. I'm only here for 10 days so I thought I could direct her to some stuff she can get easily on her own at Whole foods or trader joe's.

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on December 21, 2011
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If I somehow did that, I apologize, but I swear I re-opened my own answer and it did say 'edited.'

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at 07:28 PM

@Dragonfly ??? I didn't edit your answer, I edited mine. Oh, I see what happened--the link was supposed to go into my answer. ?? Mine says edited but the link is in yours? NO CLUE!

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on December 21, 2011
at 07:13 PM

(@ Nance) or mark the edit so it was clear that I didn't make it. Thanks!

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Here's Nance's link: If you can find some fresh, live culture yogurt here's a [Jamie Oliver](http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/jamie-oliver/mango-lassi-recipe/index.html) recipe for mango lassi.

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on December 21, 2011
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Hey Nance~ I don't mind you editing my answer for spelling, etc, but please post your own answer if you are adding additional information. Otherwise, it looks like I posted the additions. Thanks!

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on December 21, 2011
at 02:55 PM

They have a different balance of cultures--both are good!

If she is lactose intolerant, the kefir will have little or no lactose.

Also coconut water is useful for rehydrating and replenishing Potassium.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on December 21, 2011
at 07:07 PM

Here's Nance's link: If you can find some fresh, live culture yogurt here's a [Jamie Oliver](http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/jamie-oliver/mango-lassi-recipe/index.html) recipe for mango lassi.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on December 21, 2011
at 07:13 PM

(@ Nance) or mark the edit so it was clear that I didn't make it. Thanks!

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 21, 2011
at 07:28 PM

@Dragonfly ??? I didn't edit your answer, I edited mine. Oh, I see what happened--the link was supposed to go into my answer. ?? Mine says edited but the link is in yours? NO CLUE!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on December 21, 2011
at 07:06 PM

Hey Nance~ I don't mind you editing my answer for spelling, etc, but please post your own answer if you are adding additional information. Otherwise, it looks like I posted the additions. Thanks!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on December 21, 2011
at 07:39 PM

@ Nance=No Prob! :)

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 21, 2011
at 07:30 PM

If I somehow did that, I apologize, but I swear I re-opened my own answer and it did say 'edited.'

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on December 21, 2011
at 07:37 PM

I just saw coconut water for the first time today in whole foods. Wow! The stuff you can get in the US... boggles the mind. I never heard of coconut water before!

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on December 22, 2011
at 11:44 AM

I like mango lasso better. Much better tasting and less sour. I think it has the same amount or more probiotics. I love the one that my whole foods carry.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 21, 2011
at 06:14 PM

If you know anyone who makes a probiotic food/beverage at home I would recommend that over any store-bought product. Processing and shelf life drastically reduce the value of commercial products.

Sauerkraut, full-fat yogurt, lassi, water or dairy kefir, kombucha all should be teeming with beneficial bacteria if they are fresh. Among fresh probiotics, I've read that either dairy or water kefir provide higher bacterial counts than yogurt, but yogurt's still great.

If she's underweight and likes mangos, can you find her a fresh mango? That might stimulate her appetite and you can make sure you use the best yogurt available to you.

Jamie Oliver has a recipe for making a mango lassi with fresh yogurt.

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on December 21, 2011
at 07:36 PM

Thanks Nance! All good ideas. She likes the fage greek yogurt, so I try to get the full fat version. I'm only here for 10 days so I thought I could direct her to some stuff she can get easily on her own at Whole foods or trader joe's.

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on December 24, 2011
at 12:47 AM

If you can find cultures of Kefir in your area, you should do this. You might just want to make your own at home for a lot less $, super easy and you control the sugar content. This also allows you to choose either Water or Milk Kefir at will and what they process. I do both Milk Kefir and Water Kefir from my own Kefir Grains, if you need some, let me know? I mail them all the time.

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