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Thoughts about KeVita coconut probiotic drink to replace soda.

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Created September 18, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Ok, so I've been enjoying the benefits of a paleo-style diet for a while. I foray into more neolithic diet only in a few areas. The first of those is dairy. I do eat some fermented dairy (raw-milk yogurt, Greek-style), cheese (mostly hard cheeses), and butter... however, my other foray is in the area of soda. I really like the bubbly refreshment, especially during "century days" -- for those who don't know what those are, they're the days in Texas where the temperature climbs over 100 -- especially on Gulf Coast Texas, where it's usually combined with pretty high humidity.

Several years ago, I ditched regular soda, and started drinking stevia-sweetened sodas (up to 3 cans a week). However, lately, I've been debating even letting go of those -- however, I still like that bubbly, light feeling. So I was thinking about changing over to KeVita, which is a coconut-based probiotic (fermented) drink. It's got just enough bubble, and it really isn't "sweet" per se. It's got a nice tang that is really refreshing. I'd like to get folks thoughts on whether this might be a worthwhile change (again, at the rate of about 3 bottles a week).

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12540 · November 05, 2012 at 5:57 PM

I've actually found that I enjoy it -- I've developed a taste for the super-greens one that has surprised me, and like the mango coconut flavor as well.

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12540 · November 05, 2012 at 5:56 PM

My experience with stevia has been positive. The flavor gets a lot of people, but as long as I stick to pure stevia or stevia extract (without the addition of dextrose or sugar alcohols), it doesn't cause additional cravings or blood sugar irregularities, and it has actually improved my glucose tolerance over time. It's an herb, and has been used and grown for centuries as a sweetener in teas, so in my mind, it fits the 'paleo' category well.

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5640 · October 27, 2012 at 9:36 PM

i've always wanted to try this but didn't because of the price. i'm glad you have found that it helps. i will have to get a bottle.

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24271 · July 03, 2012 at 9:19 PM

I've just discovered this and was thrilled about the carbs but I was hoping this would help my IBS (which has flared up again after years and years of quiet). I only bought 4 bottles to try so I guess I'll have to see what happens. I don't see inulin on the label though. Maybe only certain flavors have it or is it implicit in the fruit purees?

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12540 · February 07, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Agreed. Commented on this above. My first attempt at brewing had my companion perpetually irritated -- she said she could smell it all the way back in her bedroom with the WINDOW open... admittedly, she has a much more sensitive nose than I do... so I agreed that I wouldn't brew my own until I had a place to do it where she wouldn't have to smell it.

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12540 · February 07, 2012 at 5:40 PM

I probably could -- however, brewing kefir requires more space than I have in my current situation (at least, without inciting wrath from my companion, who despises the stuff -- smell of it, taste of it, etc.) Perhaps when I have my canning kitchen set up, I'll be able to brew my own.

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8255 · February 06, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Lindsay's an alcoholic who binges on Kombucha and says there's no problem... Kombucha has a little alcohol in it due to the fermentation process, and my recollection is some of the ones in Whole Foods had substantially more. I imagine that that's what Lindsay was binging on. As long as you aren't an alcoholic, you probably won't have any problems.

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50 · September 18, 2011 at 6:04 PM

I like them. Kinda expensive but I need the bubbly stuff too. Also try flavored seltzers or seltzer with a lemon slice.

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56596 · September 19, 2011 at 3:24 AM

I drink it sometimes as a substitute for kombucha actually. Yeah, I caught the kombucha addiction after giving up soda. Kevita is a much better choice since it has about half the carbs of most brands of kombucha. It's definitely better than soda, and also has some probiotics and nutrients. The only caution is that it contains inulin, which is a problem for many with IBS. I actually haven't had an issue, but I've done a lot of work getting my gut balanced. You should try joining a co-op and ordering wholesale if you drink a lot.

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24271 · July 03, 2012 at 9:19 PM

I've just discovered this and was thrilled about the carbs but I was hoping this would help my IBS (which has flared up again after years and years of quiet). I only bought 4 bottles to try so I guess I'll have to see what happens. I don't see inulin on the label though. Maybe only certain flavors have it or is it implicit in the fruit purees?

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11099 · September 18, 2011 at 6:54 PM

I think KeVita is a great substitute for sodas. I've been impressed with them, though they are too expensive for me to purchase on a regular basis...Instead of Zevia's sugar alcohols and zero nutritional value, you get the benefits of coconut water and probiotics! Definitely worth the extra money if that is something that keeps you from feeling deprived!

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19469 · September 18, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Can't imagine why KeVita wouldn't be a suitable replacement for soda. As the previous poster mentioned, the only drawback would be the cost (around $3-4.00 a bottle in my area), but the price may be worth it on "century days"!

I used to treat myself to GT's original formula Kombuchas when I wanted something soda-ey, but after the whole Lindsay Lohan/Whole Foods debacle, my area stores only carry the watered down "enlightened" version which doesn't do it for me.

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0 · August 14, 2013 at 9:39 PM

I love Kevita!

Been drinking it for about 3 years or so. I buy it on sale for about $1.99 a bottle.

Then I stretch out the use of it by adding it to a glass of homemade veggie / fruit juice. In the blender (I use a vitamix blender) I put 1 carrot, 1 beet, juice of 1 lime, 2 celery stalks, 1 cup of spinach or kale, 1/2 cup of berries, 1 apple (apple is optional, I have also made it without the apple), and 1 cup filtered water. Blend until smooth. Mix equal amounts of juice blend with Kevita. Place in masson jars. Cover with a coffee filter and secure with a rubber band. Let sit at room temperature for 1 day and up to 3 days. Remove coffee filter and place on a lid. Refridgerate.

Pour over ice for a refreshing nutrient packed drink, or drink straight from the jar. Pack them in a lunch, grab on the go for breakfast, drink after workouts at the gym, etc. the jars are easy to take on the go. You can also freeze the mixture for a delicious frozen desert with zing! You can also use it in smoothie and quick bread recipes too.

The longer you let it sit on the counter, the more fizzy it will be.

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13 · October 27, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Hmmm, I haven't seen this brand in my local Whole Foods. I'm not sure how I feel about Stevia, it seems that it is in each of their flavors. I have found Inner-Eco water kefir though, and it is like 15$ a bottle. Quite expensive but it has improved my digestion so far being through 2 bottles of it. They recommend 1 tablespoon per day and then move up as needed. I take 2 shot glasses per day, one morning and one before bed.

Also the Inner-Eco is just coconut water kefir, atleast in its original flavor. I believe their 2 other flavors have Stevia.

Here is the website: http://www.inner-eco.com/

anyone have any experience with both to compare?

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12540 · November 05, 2012 at 5:56 PM

My experience with stevia has been positive. The flavor gets a lot of people, but as long as I stick to pure stevia or stevia extract (without the addition of dextrose or sugar alcohols), it doesn't cause additional cravings or blood sugar irregularities, and it has actually improved my glucose tolerance over time. It's an herb, and has been used and grown for centuries as a sweetener in teas, so in my mind, it fits the 'paleo' category well.

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5640 · October 27, 2012 at 9:36 PM

i've always wanted to try this but didn't because of the price. i'm glad you have found that it helps. i will have to get a bottle.

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5640 · October 27, 2012 at 4:12 PM

if you can stomach it, i'd drink it. personally, i bought one bottle and it was so gross that i actually couldn't swallow the gulp i put in my mouth. i was actually wondering how the company thinks they can sell such bad tasting crap. gt's kombucha is where it's at!

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12540 · November 05, 2012 at 5:57 PM

I've actually found that I enjoy it -- I've developed a taste for the super-greens one that has surprised me, and like the mango coconut flavor as well.

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5775 · October 27, 2012 at 4:52 AM

Anecdotal, but I feel better after consuming this product. I'm skeptical of the Probiotics in such a beverage, but I think it's a solid and readily available option for many folks.

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-4 · February 28, 2012 at 2:13 AM

Many folks have been asking me if KeVita is kombucha - its not! KeVita's a vegan, dairy/lactose free naturally fermented drink and one of the four live probiotics in KeVita is derived from a vegan kefir culture. As for ingredients each of the 9 flavors are now Certified Organic and they are made using a base of Coconut Water, Tea or Purified Water, depending on the flavor. Here's the ingredient listing for Coconut KeVita: Purified Water, Organic KeVita Probiotic Culture (Bacillus Coagulans, L-rhamnosus, L-plantarum, L-paracasei), Coconut Water, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Organic Coconut Flavor, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) Organic A Stevia. Feel free to ask me any questions customerservice@KeVita.com. Chakra Earthsong, Creator/Formulator of KeVita Sparkling Probiotic Drink

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4258 · February 07, 2012 at 7:27 AM

I've not tried KeVita, but I found kombucha a lovely switch from soda. It's a fermented tea with lots of good enzymes and amino acids and vitamins. Helps to clear out toxins in the system. I drink it in place of energy drinks and/or oda that I used to get before classes. Good stuff.

Like water kefir (KeVita), if you learn how to you can make it yourself or a fraction of the cost.

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12540 · February 07, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Agreed. Commented on this above. My first attempt at brewing had my companion perpetually irritated -- she said she could smell it all the way back in her bedroom with the WINDOW open... admittedly, she has a much more sensitive nose than I do... so I agreed that I wouldn't brew my own until I had a place to do it where she wouldn't have to smell it.

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8255 · February 06, 2012 at 11:07 PM

KeVita = the Water Kefir that's been mentioned here before. Strikes me you could make your own for substantially cheaper.

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12540 · February 07, 2012 at 5:40 PM

I probably could -- however, brewing kefir requires more space than I have in my current situation (at least, without inciting wrath from my companion, who despises the stuff -- smell of it, taste of it, etc.) Perhaps when I have my canning kitchen set up, I'll be able to brew my own.

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-2 · February 06, 2012 at 10:57 PM

what was the lindsay Lohan/ Whole foods debacle about? I read on web md how some people have died from Kombucha! And I just got hooked on it! Any thoughts/comments? thanks

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8255 · February 06, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Lindsay's an alcoholic who binges on Kombucha and says there's no problem... Kombucha has a little alcohol in it due to the fermentation process, and my recollection is some of the ones in Whole Foods had substantially more. I imagine that that's what Lindsay was binging on. As long as you aren't an alcoholic, you probably won't have any problems.

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-4 · September 19, 2011 at 12:02 AM

KeVita is a great option to traditional soda and works really well with the Paleo style diet and for anyone choosing vegan, dairy, lactose and gluten free foods. A Sparking Probiotic Drink, KeVita's packed with nutrients and a proprietary four strain probiotic culture. It's delicious and effective for supporting digestion and maintaining the immune system too. Made with high quality organic ingredients, the suggested retail is $3.49 per bottles. Watch for specials too, Whole Foods and many retailers are promoting KeVita at $2.99 a bottle or 2 for $5.00.

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