What is Kefir?

Kefir is a cultured, creamy product with amazing health attributes.

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.

For the lactose intolerant, kefir’s abundance of beneficial yeast and bacteria provide lactase, an enzyme which consumes most of the lactose left after the culturing process.

How is Kefir Made?

Kefir can be made from any type of milk, cow, goat or sheep, coconut, rice or soy. Although it is slightly mucous forming, the mucous has a “clean” quality to it that creates ideal conditions in the digestive tract for the colonization of friendly bacteria.

Kefir 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. They look like pieces of coral or small clumps of cauliflower and range from the size of a grain of wheat to that of a hazelnut. Some of the grains have been known to grow in large flat sheets that can be big enough to cover your hand!. 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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  • Sein Sein Yi

    Is there Lectin in Kefir?

  • Leslie

    I started drinking kefir 3 days ago and I’m feeling a lot better. I had c diff twice last year and my good bacteria and flora were gone from my gut. Kefir has calmed down my digestive track and no more burning in my intestines. I swear by it. Just one cup a day and I good again.

  • Mad Dog

    Got a question… I would like to start making milk Kefir with organic milk but I read even organic milk has natural cow hormones in them…will the hormones affect my hormones?

  • sagau

    I’ve been mixing kefir with raw cacao powder as a morning drink for a long time now. But I recently read on the internet that dairy blocks the absorption of antioxidants. Anyone knows if it’s true, and/or if it applies to kefir ? Does that mean I haven’t been getting the antioxidants from the cacao all this time ?

  • cinnamon022

    I’m trying to learn the benefits of kefir and find myself reading a pissing contest over who knows more about detox or the myth of it. I awaiting test results that could be quite scary … I’m just trying to learn how kefir works in the stomach.

  • Monica

    I have never read so much nonsense on a website, seriously???? Before you all assume how the digestive system work and the kidneys I strongly suggest you take a human biology class. The liver has 500 different functions, it needs to deal with poor fatty diet, refined sugar, hormones, medication, stress and the impacts of the Gi Tract if its not working as it should. If the liver is not working properly then it is down to the kidneys to do a lot of the work. Detox is essential i.e. plenty of water, no sugar and nutrients to help the body detoxify naturally. Please I urge you people who have posted stupid comments, educate yourselves, you sound blood stupid.