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Terri Coles The Huffington Post Canada09/12/13 02:55 PM ET
You've probably already know about the health benefits of yogurt, but did you know you can get them in a drink as well?
Like yogurt, kefir is a cultured milk product with a tart and even sour taste, but the two foods have some differences as well.
Kefir (pronounced kee-fer) originates from the Caucasus Mountains in Eastern Europe. It's believed that the name comes from the Turkish word "keif" which means good feeling. Kefir's flavour is naturally sweet and slightly bubbly, and mild but a bit tangy as well.
The drink is made either with kefir grains or a powdered kefir starter — the grains aren't an actual grain like wheat, but are made of bacteria and yeast. Generally of a thinner consistency than yogurt, kefir is usually sold as a drink, either plain or flavored.
The various types of beneficial microbiota contained in kefir make it one of the most potent probiotic foods available.
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I hope you learn and enjoy it.
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The good news is that there are other helpful nutrients in kefir grains that you will benefit from even after cooking. The white cauliflower-like kefir grains are rich in sugars, proteins, lipids, vitamins, and minerals. They also contain polysaccharide called kefiran, although I believe the word “kefir” was not named after this substance but the other way around. I learned that it was derived from a Turkish word that means “feeling good” or “a good feeling”
The important nutrients in kefir that will not go away due to heating are calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, tryptophan (an amino acid), folic acids, biotin, and Vitamins A, B2, B12, D, and K. Your nervous system benefits a lot from these, since the tryptophan calms your nerves while calcium and magnesium stabilizes your system.
Other than these contents, kefir also has antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties, which means kefir can treat several types of health problems, some of which I already mentioned above. These properties, however, are in danger of being damaged or lost when heated since they are brought about by the probiotics.
However, cooking kefir should not be your first option in how to consume your kefir for the main reason that cooking is said to kill the good bacteria. Consider cooking only after you’ve prepared your milk kefir already or when you wish to show off to your friends the many ways to consume kefir. ( smile)