Kefir is the name of the fermented milk beverage made from live cultures of beneficial yeasts and bacteria. Its origins lay deep in the Caucasus Mountains in Russia. The name itself is Russian in origin, and means “pleasure drink.”
To typically create the drink, kefir grains, a live culture composed of healthy bacteria and yeasts, are mixed with milk.
- Kefir can realign your digestive tract resulting in improved gut flora and a healthier digestive system.
- The drink is plentiful in fibre which helps with constipation and overall colon health.
- Kefir helps to lower the risk of stomach cancer.
- Helps maintain blood sugar levels, which is extremely beneifical to diabetics as the good bacteria in kefir feeds on sugar; thus any excess sugar is removed before it enters into your bloodstream.
- Kefir bacteria eat the lactose in the milk, making kefir nutritious even those who are lactose-intolerant.
Typical Kefir good bacteria includes:
|Lactobacillus (L.) acidophilus||Candida humilis|
|L. brevis||Candida kefyr|
|L. casei||Kazachstania unispora|
|L. delbrueckii||Kazachstania exigua|
|L. delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus||Kluyveromyces siamensis|
|L. delbrueckii subsp. lactis||Kluyveromyces lactis|
|L. helveticus||Kluyveromyces marxianus|
|L. kefiranofaciens||Saccharomyces (S.) cerevisiae|
|L. kefiri||S. martiniae|
|L. paracasei||S. unisporus|
|L. lactis subsp. cremoris|
|Leuconostoc mesenteroides subsp. cremoris|
|Leuconostoc mesenteroides subsp. dextranicum|
|Kefir Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 serving (175 g)
|Calories from Fat||32|
|Total Fat||3.5 g||5%|
|Saturated Fat||2 g||10%|
|Vitamin A 4%||Vitamin C||4%|
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.
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