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The essential part of the starter is a bacteria culture (some kind of lactobacillus). Yogurt is always made with a bacterial culture. Bacteria can be eaten by vegetarians and vegans: they are not animals. They are among the simplest life forms, lacking even a cell nucleus (they are prokaryotes). They are far less complex than plants. Countless numbers of ...


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Although you mention Google translating закваска as yeast, I believe it means probiotic cultures instead. Now, I do not speak or read Bulgarian but I am good with finding patterns and the pattern I found in this word is something that would be translated to speech as 'zakvaska'. If that is how the word is read then I believe it means probiotic cultures. ...


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From what I read regarding yoghurt production, the main (starter) cultures in yogurt are Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus. The starter cultures are used to convert milk to yogurt during fermentation. As others have mentioned, these are friendly bacteria and not an animal derivative. If you are a strict vegetarian like me, then what we ...


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I wrote to The Vegan Society for reliable information on this subject, and they told me: Probiotic cultures are made in a number of different ways – the best thing to do is to contact the manufacturer and ask them how it is produced. Many of them are produced using dairy as a source, so these would not be suitable for vegans. When I was in China I bought ...


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Probiotics are live microbes, which include certain bacteria or fungi, as found in the healthy human intestine. They appear in probiotic supplements and foods, such as certain yogurts, sauerkraut, miso, etc. According to the current evidence (PubMed 2014 and 2017), the probiotic supplements (but not probiotic foods) can reduce antibiotic-associated diarrhea. ...


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