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Monday, February 23, 2015

Kefir ~ What is it?

and is it good for you?

Kefir is a product made by fermenting milk. The first time I ever had kefir was while living in Poland. There and here, people are using kefir for poor digestion (I do), upset stomach, lactose intolerance, diarrhea following treatment with antibiotics and high cholesterol. How does it work?
Kefir contains actively growing bacteria and yeast. Their effect on milk results in production of enzymes and chemicals that affect the way food is digested. In American big box stores, it is difficult to find kefir in its 'plain' state, rather most of what I am able to find has added fruits which means- sugar.

I recommend staying away from any dairy product that has added flavor or fruits as that translates into hidden sugar. Kefir and yoghurt are best when taken in their 'plain' state - no added anything for taste.

Other Names for Kefir:
Fermented Dairy Product, Fermented Milk, Fromage Kéfir, Kéfir, Kefir Cheese, Kefir Grains, Kefir Yogurt, Lait Fermenté, Produit Laitier Fermenté.

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