The Best Dairy-Free Probiotic Supplements + Essential Label Reading Tips

This is the flagship post in our dairy-free probiotics section, which I will continue to update. Finding dairy-free probiotic supplements used to be a challenge, but these days there are quite a few options. Technically, probiotics themselves are free of all food. They’re live bacteria and yeasts that occur naturally in our digestive tracts. But two primary food issues can arise with probiotic supplements. Supplements often contain fillers, binders, and other types of ingredients to bulk them up and create a functional pill. Getting live bacteria to our guts without a transport system would be next to impossible. But these ingredients can include food, like dairy. Most of the time it’s lactose (milk sugar), but other dairy ingredients might be used. Nonetheless, the ingredients should be clearly visible on the label. And the probiotics themselves must be grown on a medium. This is often dairy. The bacteria is removed from the medium, and in theory shouldn’t be problematic for most people with a dairy issue. The bacteria itself doesn’t contain properties, like proteins, of the dairy it was grown on. However, there can be a concern for trace cross-contamination, and vegans might ...

CAFE 541: Jun, a kombucha alternative, uses local honey as sweetener – Entertainment & Life – The Register-Guard

Just when you thought you had the fermented tea selection at the health food store figured out, a new kind arrives. Kombucha, the now-mainstream probiotic beverage, is fermented from a sugary black tea solution. Now, meet jun, kombucha’s green-tea-and-honey-based cousin. A distinct culture from the one that ferments kombucha, jun probably arrived in Eugene decades ago, if not earlier, brought here from distant Asian lands and brewed in homes. More recently, it’s started to show up on store shelves. And there’s good reason for that: Eugene loves its bees. “Our business model is all about sourcing as locally as possible,” BNF Kombucha & Jun founder Kevin Warren said. “Having a local sweetener source was really appealing to me.” He started making jun around the same time as kombucha, in 2015, and now he’s buying 600 pounds of honey at a time from Pleasant Hill apiary Humble Bee Honey. OSO Jun, another Eugene brewer, is named for the Spanish word for bear because bears love honey, explained founder and brewer Graham Hannegan. OSO sources honey from Flying Bee Ranch in Salem. Honey cannot be certified organic unless every property i...