Monday, June 18, 2012

Kefir

I've always been a big fan of frozen yogurt but this year I discovered a store nearby that sells frozen kefir. It's delicious, but I never really took the time to actually discover what it is. After doing some research I found out why it really is a wonder food. This is what I found:


Kefir’s tart and refreshing flavor is similar to a drinking-style yogurt, but it contains beneficial yeast as well as friendly ‘probiotic’ bacteria found in yogurt. The naturally occurring bacteria and yeast in kefir combine symbiotically to give superior health benefits when consumed regularly. It is loaded with valuable vitamins and minerals and contains easily digestible complete proteins.
Kefir can be made from any type of milk, cow, goat or sheep, coconut, rice or soy. It is made from gelatinous white or yellow particles called “grains.” This makes kefir unique, as no other milk culture forms grains. These grains contain the bacteria/yeast mixture clumped together with casein (milk proteins) and complex sugars. The grains ferment the milk, incorporating their friendly organisms to create the cultured product. The grains are then removed with a strainer before consumption of the kefir and added to a new batch of milk.

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