What is Kefir?

You may remember my previous blog covering fermented foods and drinks – and how they’re good for you. (Even wine! In moderation, of course.)

In addition to wine, there’s another fermented drink you may be interested in, and it’s called kefir.   It may sound exotic, but it’s not as scary as you think.

What is kefir?

Much like yogurt, kefir is a product of cultured milk. Kefir grains (or kefir starter, in powder form) that contain bacteria, yeast and milk proteins are added to pasteurized milk that has been heated, then cooled. The result is a thick and creamy product that can be enjoyed as a drink or with a spoon.

Why is kefir good for you?

Also like yogurt, kefir contains many beneficial strains of bacteria (probiotics), as well as healthy yeast, vitamins and minerals. Eat with fruit for an extra boost – yum!

Where can I get kefir?

Chilled, pre-made kefir is available. But why not make your own? Just mix kefir grains/starter with milk, let it ferment at room temperature for 12-36 hrs, strain and enjoy! Homemade kefir offers a great way to get your fill of beneficial bacteria. (As a bonus, it can also double as a healthy substitute for buttermilk in your favorite recipes!)

Not a fan of kefir or yogurt? Consider taking a probiotic supplement, which provides beneficial bacteria in capsule form.

About Katie

Katie is a Marketing Editor (and loyal customer) at Vitacost.com. In her spare time, she enjoys biking with her husband, playing with her pets and writing bios about herself.

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2 comments on «What is Kefir?»

    1. Waseem says:

      I was just reading about the benefits of Kefir and can’t wait to try this out for better immunity and some other things I’ve been struggling with. Thank you for all this great info. Here’s what I was reading below Kefir is natural brain food, helps in treating depression, anxiety, and even the attention-related disorders.One of the Kefir health btifenes is its brain-enhancement capability. As natural brain-food, Kefir helps you break free from stress. While pumping up your brain, Kefir also develops the usual functions of your brain such as reflexes, memory-retention and even your focus. This benefit works hand in hand with the five senses and leads you to be at your best. Kefir also helps cure depression, anxiety, and even the attention-related disorders. Kefir is also rich in Vitamin B1 (thiamin) which is known as the “morale vitamin” for its beneficial effects on the mental attitude and nervous system. Thiamin is linked with enhanced learning capacity, growth in children, improvement in muscle tone of the stomach, intestines and heart, and is essential for stabilizing appetite and improving digestion.Think we all need to try it!! :)

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