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Kefir: the fermented milk drink with numerous health benefits!

Published on 26th January 2018

I happened to stumble across this super healthy milk drink by accident. A polish shop has recently opened up next door to my flat and, being the curious foodie that I am, I am interested in trying out their produce; all of which has Polish packaging so you don’t actually know what you’re getting!

I was in a rush so swooped in quickly to grab what I thought was milk and went about my morning routine: whipping up a tasty bowl of porridge with blueberries, pumpkin seeds and jam.After mindlessly chowing down on my breakfast - all the while wondering why it tasted so weird – I later found out it was in fact fermented milk I had bought! And it goes by the name of Kefir.

After doing some research in to this weird, sour yoghurt-milk, I found out it is actually extremely good for you!

Like milk, it is a great source of protein and calcium but best of all, it contains probiotics and is packed full of good bacteria. All essential ingredients for a healthy, happy gut and can help ease symptoms of IBS and indigestion. The fermentation process also helps breakdown lactose, making it more suitable for those who are lactose intolerant. It is also thought some of the good bacteria can inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria such as Salmonella. 

How is it made?

I was quite surprised when I discovered how Kefir was made. To put it simply, small gelatinous beads called Kefir grains containing yeast and bacteria are added to cow, sheep or goat’s milk and left to ferment. And there you have it, you’re fermented milk drink!

Now I just need to find a way I can eat it so that I can actually enjoy it; not entirely sure about sour porridge. It appears to be great for dips though, check out some of these recipes: http://biotifuldairy.com/categ...

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