Barb Hodgens
Barb Hodgens

Barb Hodgens loves to cook with alternative, healthy whole food ingredients, with a focus on gut health, SCD & GAPS diets. Barbs has overcome her own gut health issues through healthy eating. Share your ideas, comments and photos at the end of this post :)

SCD yogurt starter

WHERE TO PURCHASE FREEZE DRIED STARTER CULTURE & WHICH COMMERCIAL YOGURT TO USE?

The bacteria necessary in a traditional yogurt starterare: Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophiles - Lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacteria may also be added. The combination of these probiotic strains makes a culture that will produce a yogurt with a thick, smooth, creamy consistency and a mild tart flavour. In additional to be primary strains other beneficial strains may also be included in a culture.

 

YOGURT STARTER CULTURE FOR 'SCD'

The original Specific Carbohydrate Diet, from the book ‘Breaking the Vicious Cycle - Intestinal health through diet’, calls for a yogurt starter that does not contain Bifidus Bifidum bacteria because it can ‘take over’ and cause health problems in some cases. While on the early stages of the diet, it is best to avoid anything that has ‘bifid’ in its name. e.g. Bifidobacterium infantis, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Lactobacillus Bifidus, Bifidobacterium longum etc

Yogourmet SCD starter

SCD FREEZE DRIED STARTER CULTURE

YOGOURMET FREEZE-DRIED YOGURT STARTER 

Sold at Luvele 

STRAINS: Lactobacillus Bulgaricus, S thermophilus, L acidophilus
MAKES: Available in boxes of 6. Each sachet makes 2 litres of yogurt.
STORAGE: Sachets are divided in two sections of 5 grams and packed in sealed double-layered envelopes for long-lasting quality.
FREE FROM:  Additives, maltodextrin, gluten and GMO

GI PRO START

Sold online via GAPS Australia website

STRAINS: Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Streptococcus thermophiles, Casei
MAKES1 bottle makes up to 80 Litres of yogurt
INSTRUCTIONSAdd 1/8 of a teaspoon to 2 litres (or 2 quarts) cow or goat milk.  Alternative milk requires a 1/4 teaspoon to make a non-dairy milk yogurt.
FREE FROM: Dairy, gluten and common allergens.
DAIRY FREE DISCLAIMER: “The highest quality and pure LAB cultures are used in this formula. The yogurt strains are recognized to have exposure to some dairy peptones (broken down molecular structures) during their fermentation. The final culture is filtered and has less then detectable levels of dairy proteins. Considered dairy-free yogurt based on the standards established in the nutritional industry.”
STORAGEGI ProStart does have to stay refrigerated to keep the bacteria alive but can be left out of the refrigerator for up to 10 days with only a 5% loss of active bacteria, after 10 days the bacteria will die off quickly.  Can be kept in the freezer for up to 1 year.

  

CUSTOM PROBIOTICS FORMULA 1

Sold on their website or at GPA Wholefoods

STRAINS: Acidophilus, Thermophilus, Bulgaricus
INSTRUCTIONS: Scoop size = 0.8 grams. Add half scoop (0.4 gm) to 2-4 quarts of milk at 100 Deg F (38 Deg C). Mix thoroughly and ferment for 9 hours or longer. 150 billion cfu’s per gram of yogurt starter powder.
STORAGEKeep sealed in the refrigerator to retain maximum potency. Starter can travel for 2-3 weeks without refrigeration. Expires one year from date of manufacture.
FREE FROM: Dairy, sugar, gluten, soy, casein, yeast, artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, FOS or any genetically modified or engineered ingredients. 

 

COMMERCIAL YOGURT AS A STARTER FOR SCD

The following commercial yogurts are only to be used as starters and are not otherwise legal foods. It is imperative to check the ingredients labels carefully. Some yogurts that are used as a starter may contain sucrose, cream and lactose however these are consumed over the 24-hour fermentation.


In Australia these brands are SCD legal:

In New Zealand these brands are SCD legal:

  

YOGURT STARTER FOR THE 'GAPS' DIET

The GAPS diet allows Bifidus Bifidum bacteria in a starter but is not a requirement, so all of the above listed SCD starter cultures may be used to make GAPS 24 hour yogurt or this homemade probiotic yogurt.

Probiotic starter culture

 

GAPS FREEZE DRIED STARTER CULTURE

YOGOURMET FREEZE-DRIED PROBIOTIC YOGURT STARTER CULTURE

Sold at Luvele

probiotic starter culture

STRAINS: L. casei, B. longum, L.acidophilus, L. bulgaricus, S. thermophilus
MAKES: Available in boxes of 6. Each sachet makes 2 litres of yogurt.
STORAGE: Sachets are divided in two sections of 5 grams and packed in sealed double-layered envelopes for long-lasting quality.
FREE FROM:  Additives, maltodextrin, gluten and GMO

CUSTOM PROBIOTICS FORMULA 2

Sold online at their website or the GAPS Australia online shop.

STRAINS: Lactobacillus Bulgaricus, Streptococcus Thermophilus, Lactobacilus Acidophilus, Lactobacilus Lactis, Bifidobacterium Lactis
INSTRUCTIONS: Scoop size = 0.8 grams. Add half scoop (0.4 gm) to 2-4 quarts of milk at 100 Deg F (38 Deg C). Mix thoroughly and ferment for 9 hours or longer. 150 billion cfu’s per gram of yogurt starter powder.
STORAGEKeep sealed in the refrigerator to retain maximum potency. Starter can travel for 2-3 weeks without refrigeration. Expires one year from date of manufacture.
FREE FROM: Dairy, sugar, gluten, soy, casein, yeast, artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, FOS or any genetically modified or engineered ingredients. 

 

 

COMMERCIAL YOGURT AS A STARTER FOR GAPS

The following commercial yogurts are only to be used as starters and are not otherwise GAPS legal foods. It is imperative to check the ingredients labels carefully to avoid sugar, fruit juice or other additives or gelling agents.

Australia: In addition to the commercial yogurt starters listed for SCD above, these brands may be used. 

New Zealand: In addition to the commercial yogurt starters listed for SCD above, these brands may be used. 

 

For more on yogurt starter cultures click here
For a list of SCD & GAPS starter cultures in the US click here
For a list of SCD & GAPS starter cultures in UK click here
For a list of SCD & GAPS starter cultures in Europe click here

 

If you know a starter culture or commercial yogurt that should be listed here, please contact support@luvele.com.au so we can include it in this post.

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Yogourmet starter culture

 


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