What You Need To Know About Kefir
If you have recently entered a health food store or ever eaten in a Middle Eastern or Russian restaurant you may have come across a strange yogourt-like drink known as kefir. The thick, milky beverage has hit the nutrition world by storm and while it is still relatively unknown to the general Western population, it deserves some serious attention.
What is it?
Kefir is similar to yogourt in a lot of ways. It is (usually) made from dairy, is fermented and contains loads of healthy probiotics. However, rather than simply using healthy bacteria, the process of creating kefir includes the introduction of yeast. Yeast itself contains a plethora of healthy vitamins and minerals including a hefty dose of B vitamins. The yeast and bacteria mixture together creates gelatinous particles known as grains that ferment the milk, incorporating the belly beneficial organisms into each batch.
What makes it so special?
The unique formula makes for an incredibly potent digestive aid. It relieves bloating, promotes weight loss and helps to encourage elimination. It can also act as a protective layer in your stomach and helps to metabolize food more effectively. Even those with lactose intolerance can enjoy kefir. In our world, approximately 70% of the population stops producing the necessary enzyme to digest milk shortly after weaning. While yogourt can cause a seriously upset stomach for people who are especially sensitive to dairy, the abundance of yeast and bacteria in kefir provide lactase, the very enzyme required for the digestion of milk products.
Kefir can be made from any type of milk amazing alternatives made from soy milk, coconut milk and even coconut water are hitting the market. So even your vegan friends can enjoy the benefits of friendly bacteria. So put away your yogourt, get rid of those probiotics and embrace this wonder drink that might just change your gut.
Liberté Organic Kefir, $4.69, realfoodtoronto.com