I love yogurt. Creamy delicious goodness. I’ve also seen the value in getting our digestive system healthier by adding in fermented foods that contain probiotics. In my research I came across 24 hour yogurt. I’d never heard of it. A quick search of what is 24 hour yogurt brought up this amazing article over on the scdlifestyle.com site.
What Is 24 Hour Yogurt?
Yogurt is an ancient fermented food that has been eaten by people all over the world for thousands of years. But it’s not just curdled milk.
Yogurt is created when specific bacteria is allowed to ferment milk. When the bacteria ferments the milk, it becomes thicker, tangier, and more acidic – and it can keep much longer than regular milk can. It also becomes full of healthy-gut-promoting good bacteria (aka probiotics).
Traditionally, yogurt has been made with animal milks – everything from cow to goat to camel – but it can also be made with dairy-free “milks” like almond and coconut.
And because the bacteria consume the sugar in the milk (lactose) during the fermentation process, properly made 24-hour yogurt can be tolerated even by people who are lactose intolerant.
Yogurt isn’t just full of probiotics – depending on what type of milk is used, it is also high in protein and a great source of calcium and B vitamins (2,6 and 12).
Properly prepared 24-hour yogurt is an important part of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, the Gut And Psychology Syndrome Diet (GAPS), and many other healthy gut diets.
Homemade vs. Store-Bought Yogurt
There is a huge difference between homemade 24-hour yogurt and store bought yogurts.
The obvious difference is in the quality of ingredients. Most store-bought yogurts have thickeners, preservatives, artificial colors and flavors, and WAY too much sugar.
But even if you can find a plain yogurt with no added ingredients other than milk and the bacteria, there’s another really important difference between store bought and homemade 24-hour yogurt – the amount of probiotics in the yogurt.
The probiotic content of yogurt depends on a few factors – most importantly the quality and quantity of the starter used (that’s the good bacteria added to the milk), the temperature at which the fermentation occurs, and the amount of time the yogurt is allowed to ferment.
24-Hour Yogurt vs. Probiotic Supplements
Now we understand why 24-hour yogurt is much better than store-bought yogurt, but you might still be wondering… why yogurt at all? After all, you could just take a probiotic capsule and get all the good bacteria you need, right?
First, we have to consider the fact that our gut has 100 trillion bacteria inside it. Most probiotics contain somewhere between 1 billion CFUs and 5 billion CFUs – with some especially potent capsules containing 25-50 billion CFUs.
And probiotics aren’t cheap – high-potency capsules often cost $1 or more per capsule.
Compare that to the 700 billion CFUs in a cup of 24-hour yogurt – that means just one tablespoon of 24-hour yogurt contains about 44 billion CFUs.
Now, I’m not saying that probiotic supplements are bad or a waste of time or money – just that they aren’t comparable to SCD legal 24-hour yogurt. Probiotic pills have their place in the healing journey. They are especially useful in the beginning months of the diet. They are also useful when they supplement your diet with bacteria strains that are not in your yogurt starter.
So interesting that 24 hour yogurt is simply yogurt that’s been doing its thing for 24 hours, and is a much more powerful probiotic. Do you enjoy yogurt? Have you ever made yogurt at home?