Feature 1, 01/27
Women-owned, Canadian made.
What is The Cultured Coconut™?
The Cultured Coconut is a traditionally fermented organic coconut milk, handmade in Halifax, Canada. This probiotic drink is pet-safe, dairy free, sugar free, gluten free, cholesterol free, and certified Canada Organic.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are naturally found in fermented foods, like sauerkraut, and yogurt. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, “probiotics are live microorganisms that are intended to have health benefits when consumed or applied to the body. … Some bacteria help digest food, destroy disease-causing cells, or produce vitamins. Many of the microorganisms in probiotic products are the same as or similar to microorganisms that naturally live in our bodies.”
The story behind The Cultured Coconut™
From The Cultured Coconut™’s website:
“Launched in May 2015 by Haligonians Linda Peers and her sister, Anne Hebb, The Cultured Coconut was born out of a desire to create a fermented, non-dairy probiotic that had the potential to make a significant difference in one’s health by improving gut flora.
“Being lactose-intolerant, Linda had tried a number of dairy alternatives over the years, but eventually settled on coconut milk. After doing further research though, she became concerned about the type of packaging in which they were sold, Tetra-Paks or aluminium cans. Bisphenol A (BPA), commonly used in the lining of canned coconut milk as well as food additives such as guar gum, carrageenan and sulphites, has been known to cause digestive issues.
“As a result, they settled on making their own additive-free, handmade coconut milk using organic whole coconut and non-chlorinated water. Rather than using freeze-dried probiotic powder created in labs, they chose traditional fermentation methods using ancient kefir grains. The end result is a probiotic teeming with over 4 trillion Colony Forming Units (CFU) and over 40 active strains in just one tablespoon, making it the most powerful probiotic on the market.”
What is kefir?
Kefir, pronounced keh-FEAR, is a sour drink made from fermented milk, originally from Russia and Central Asia (from the Cambridge Dictionary).
Ancient kefir grains are the magic behind The Cultured Coconut’s potency, allowing for it’s high bacterial cultivation.
More about processing their kefir grains, from The Cultured Coconut’s website:
“Although our kefir has been verified dairy-free by the University of Guelph food lab, our living milk kefir grains (that do not contain milk themselves) need to rest in dairy milk in between fermenting batches of organic coconut milk. Otherwise, they will die unless they have access to lactose, their native food. We chose to use milk kefir grains instead of water kefir grains as the probiotic value created by milk kefir grains is superior. Our milk kefir grains are then treated before they ferment coconut milk, so that they will not carry any trace of milk. We have found that customers who choose veganism for health reasons are accepting of this requirement, however, those adhering to the highest vegan standards, may object to this contact with dairy. Out of respect for this group, we do not claim that our kefir is vegan despite our probiotic strains and ingredients in the product being plant-based.”
How to take The Cultured Coconut™
From The Cultured Coconut™’s website:
“Our probiotic is the strongest probiotic on the market so it’s important to go slow as you introduce this ecosystem to your own gut flora. Start with 1 teaspoon and gradually increase to 1 tablespoon daily. Heating it over 40℃ destroys the probiotics although it is fine to add it to warm food. Many of our customers have found a lot of creative ways to ensure they get their 1 tablespoon per day. Here are some suggestions:
- Add it to a smoothie – it is perfectly okay to blend The Cultured Coconut™
- Mix it with yogurt or use it as a yogurt starter
- Mix it with juice. Many of our clients enjoy it with blueberry juice
- Add it to cold cereal or overnight oats
- Take a tablespoon on its own
Visit theculturedcoconut.com to learn more, and to read testimonials from happy customers!
“Kefir.” Cambridge Dictionary, dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/kefir.
“Probiotic/Fermented Organic Coconut Milk.” The Cultured Coconut, theculturedcoconut.com/.
“Probiotics: What You Need To Know.” Edited by Yisong Wang, PhD. and David Shurtleff, Ph.D., National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, http://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/probiotics-what-you-need-to-know.