It has been brought to my attention that many people in my area are not educated in nutrition and a lot of people are just plain not interested. Therefore, I am embracing the journey into whole foods and nutrition in hopes that those around me read my blog and also become interested and embrace it also.
I have been reading a lot about kefir and I have found more information than I ever hoped and dreamed or even wanted to know. But here are my findings.
Kefir is a much needed, very healthy product that should be introduced into your diet. Kefir is a cultured, enzyme rich food that is filled with much needed micro-organisms that help balance your body. It is more nutritious and helpful than yogurt. It's packed with complete proteins, essential minerals, and jammed full Vitamin B. Which interestingly is very important for women to balance hormones and help with the reproductive system. Kefir contains beneficial yeast as well as probiotics. If consumed regularly, Kefir can get your body in optimum health.
Kefir is made from yellowish or white "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. Kefir is often said to look like a head of cauliflower. The milking is fermented when the Kefir adds its organisms to the culture. The grains are strained before consuming and then added to another batch of milk continuing the process.
Kefir has a tart taste. Some people can just drink kefir straight, though many people add other ingredients. These other ingredients consist of honey, syrup, nuts, fruits, and perhaps vanilla. Adding these ingredients give it almost a "smoothie" effect.
There are many health benefits of Kefir. There are many different health benefits to kefir a few include tumor growth reduction, immune system enhancement, and pleasing benefits of the digestive tract. There was also a study done by Ohio State University stating that consuming kefir on a regular basis can aid in lactose intolerance in lactose intolerant people. (Click here for study.)
As you can see there are many positives for adding kefir into your daily eating. As I look further into kefir, more information and more resources will be coming your way!