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Trader Joe's Kefir and Sausage

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 27, 2013 at 1:13 AM

I just began shopping at Trader Joe's and bought a bottle of their Kefir. I noticed that nowhere on the bottle is there any mention of probiotics, which struck me as odd since every other brand mentions it (if only because it's a marketing draw). Does the Trader Joe's stuff have the same probiotic benefits?

One more related question: I also noticed that the Trader Joe's sausages are not labelled "No Nitrates or Nitrites". I checked the back of the packaging and did not find any sodium nitrate or nitrite listed, but it struck me as odd that they wouldn't advertise that the way other brands do. Any chance they could be hiding nitrates or nitrites in there somewhere?

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True dat. The only company's kefir i tried that there was little lactose, was a kefir company in greece. In the US, theyre full of lactose, because consumers here cant handle bitter tastes. Plus, I'd prefer casein a2 milk, rather than cow milk. So I make my own kefir.

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on June 27, 2013
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in my opinion, trader joe's kefir is a sugar bomb so anything good about it is cancelled out by the high carb content. regular kefir has no carbs since all the lactose is fermented out. i seriously doubt the trader joe's kefir ferments it for enough time for there to be a good amount of probiotics.

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on June 27, 2013
at 01:26 AM

True dat. The only company's kefir i tried that there was little lactose, was a kefir company in greece. In the US, theyre full of lactose, because consumers here cant handle bitter tastes. Plus, I'd prefer casein a2 milk, rather than cow milk. So I make my own kefir.

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on June 27, 2013
at 03:45 AM

Kefir is best made at home with a one time investment in kefir grains ranging from free (try your local Freecycle, for instance, too $15 online (IMHO, that's too much).

I like TJ'S breakfast chicken sausages. No bad stuff.

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