What Kind of Yogurt Starter to Use?
Yogurt starter contains cultures of bacteria that we use to inoculate the milk and begin the fermentation. The bacteria that we should have in our yogurt starters are Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus acidophilus (optional). In fact, without the first two strains we can't really call it yogurt.
The strain we must avoid in our SCD yogurt is Bifidus, as it has been found to cause bacterial overgrowth in the gut. Bifidus comes in quite a few variations, e.g. Bifidobacterium infantis, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Lactobacillus Bifidus, Bifidobacterium longum etc. In general, avoid anything that has bifid in its name.
Where you live is one of the biggest factors in deciding the best starter for you. Check out the products in your local markets. Examples of commercial legal starters are:
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