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All of Lifeway's products are gluten free and 99% lactose free.
  • What is kefir?
    Kefir is a cultured probiotic beverage similar in taste and texture to drinkable yogurt, and made from milk fermented with kefir cultures. Originating over 2000 years ago in the Caucasus Mountains-where many people live well over 100 years-kefir has been associated with a long list of health benefits.
  • How long does Lifeway Kefir stay fresh for after opening?
  • What are probiotics?
  • What kinds of bacteria (probiotics) are in Lifeway kefir?
  • Are Lifeway Kefir Products Gluten Free?
  • Why should I add probiotics to my diet?
  • How do probiotics work?
  • How can I identify a probiotic?
  • What kinds of Lifeway kefir are available?
  • What can I expect when I try it?
  • Why is Kefir sometimes either too tangy, carbonated, acidic, bubbly, or has a
    ‘bite’, that tingles on the tongue?
  • What is the difference between kefir and yogurt?
  • Where can I find the probiotic Lifeway kefir?
  • How many bacteria should be in a probiotic to be beneficial to our health?
  • Where does the milk in non organic Kefir come from?
  • Does Lifeway Kefir contain any alcohol?
  • Do probiotics survive when frozen?
  • What is the difference between Lifeway Frozen Kefir and if I freeze the drinkable kefir products myself?
  • Where is the expiration date on a bottle of Lifeway Kefir?
  • Why is Lifeway Kefir sometimes lumpy?
  • Where can I find Lifeway and Helios kefir?
  • Can I give kefir to my child?
  • Is kefir safe for pregnant/nursing women?
  • Can I cook or bake with kefir?

If you would like to learn more, check out this site:
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(13) Lifeway Corporate