Kefir Benefits Galore

Ice scream, you scream we all scream for ice cream…except the lactose intolerant. If you’re one of the unlucky people who are lactose intolerant, you know that eating dairy is risky. It can cause embarrassing gas, diarrhea and a lot of discomfort. But, there is good news afoot! Kefir, in a recent review was found to decrease flatulence by 71% in those with lactose intolerance.

This review delved into all the science surrounding the purported benefits of Kefir, from anticancer properties to reducing cholesterol, or preventing the flu. On most counts, the evidence was not compelling enough to say that Kefir was helpful. However, both animal and human studies showed kefir helps in healing wounds and aiding in preventing wound infections. Most importantly, with its powerful probiotic effects, Kefir was shown to dramatically alleviate the symptoms of lactose intolerance like gas and bloating.

Kefir is a fermented milk product that can be purchased in many grocery stores, and can also be made at home.  You can purchase a starter kit online. It consists of the grains which are added to milk to ferment at room temperature until you have the finished product ready for use. And you can use any type of milk, with varying amounts of fat, even coconut or soy milk.  It has consistency much like a thinned out yogurt, so it can also be used in recipes that call for yogurt. Here a few suggestions:

  • Mix kefir with fruit and ice for a smoothie
  • Kefir Cheese: Smaller dairy farms are starting to make cheese with kefir and their farm fresh milk, so look for it at your local farmer’s market
  • Baking: Kefir can also be used to replace sour cream and buttermilk as it has a similar tangy flavor. If you use a reduced fat milk to make your kefir, you’re always instantly reducing the fat in your baked goods. So try it out in your next cake recipe!

If you suffer from lactose intolerance, you may want to give Kefir a try. It will help improve digestion and may also it help boost your immunity and lower cholesterol. And it’s a great source of calcium without taking supplements.

Plus, there is even kefir ice cream. Time for everyone to start screaming for ice cream!

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  • um… excuse me, but how the heck do you measure “71% less flatulence” in something like this? do they carry an airtight container on their butts to trap the gas so that it can be measured? what the heck??

  • And if your lactose free try water kefir
    Water kefir, (or kefir d’acqua) is grown in water with sugar. Similar to Kombucha, it is cultured by first introducing a s.c.o.b.y (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts) into sugar water. The beneficial bacteria and yeasts present in the grains feed on the sugar and turn it into lactic acid. Water kefir grains are small, translucent, gelatinous structures, and consist of assorted bacteria including lactobacillus hilgardii, which gives them their characteristic crystal-like appearance. When properly cared for, they produce a wonderful probiotic-rich beverage and will continue to grow and reproduce indefinitely.
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  • Unfortunately Kefir loses most of it’s probiotic benefits when it is used in cooking.  It’s best to consume kefir in a smoothie or some people drink it straight (it’s similar to buttermilk in flavor).

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