If you pay attention to the healthy-eating industry, you have probably heard about the benefits of probiotics, and the foods that contain these mighty microorganisms. As proponents of probiotics in all shapes and mediums, we wanted to spotlight kefir. If you haven’t had kefir, we’re here to say there is nothing quite like it.
It’s Like a Super Yogurt
If you like creamy yogurt, chances are kefir could be a natural progression for your taste buds. This nutrient-boosting dairy by-product deserves some serious props. Like yogurt, it’s a cultured food that is home to beneficial microorganisms known as “probiotics.” Unlike your average yogurt varieties, kefir has an abundance of protein, vitamins, and minerals.
Let’s Talk Microorganisms!
Don’t get us wrong. Unpasteurized yogurt, rich with live cultures, is a great source of probiotics. But, we can’t help praising the fact that kefir typically boasts –on average– 10-20 different types of bacteria. When you consider that most yogurts include a handful of different cultures at most, Kefir proves to have an overabundance of these friendly microbes.
Fun Fact: Kefir.net explains that because most kefir is comprised of yeast and beneficial microbes, the culture feeds off of most of the lactose, meaning this is much more friendly for people with lactose sensitivity. Be sure to consult your doctor, before introducing this into your diet if you have food allergies or sensitivities.
*Also, look into water kefir that has a water, rather than milk-based, foundation.*
Eat & Drink Your Probiotics
We’ve talked about the wonders on kombucha before, and now we know what a powerful source of probiotics and minerals kefir is. And while there are a wealth of other probiotic-laden foods, be sure you find ways to incorporate these powerful microbes into your diet.
Whether you choose a supplement or natural means of probiotics, there are a number of avenues available to help you make this healthy lifestyle change.