The Consumer Education Project of Milk SA

Maas & Amasi

Maas & Amasi

Amasi, also known as maas, is a traditional fermented dairy drink enjoyed by many South Africans as part of their regular diet. Similar to milk and other dairy products, amasi is also a good source of high-quality protein and other nutrients important for good health. This product is described as a liquid-like beverage, similar to yoghurt, buttermilk and kefir. It has a creamy-white colour, a smooth texture and a distinct sour taste. Maas is included among several other dairy product in South African food-based dietary guidelines.

Maas  is high in potassium and relatively low in sodium (salts), with evidence suggesting it may be important in the prevention of hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Being fermented, the lactose content of amasi is lower than freah milk, making it more tolerable by people with lactose intolerance.

Maas, Amasi, inkomaas

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