I recently started eating kefir in the morning.
It’s very refreshing and light and I think it will be great having a cold glass of kefir during hot summer days.
The reason I began consuming it is because I long heard about its many benefits.
So I’m currently trying to see for myself if these benefits are facts or fiction.
Here’s what my research indicated:
Kefir can be eaten by people who are lactose intolerant
According to research performed by scientists, although kefir is a milk-based food, it can be ingested by those who are lactose-intolerant. Why? Kefir contains bacteria which help us decompose lactose. Such bacteria results from the fermentation of milk, a process necessary for creating kefir. In addition, eating kefir will help you overcome digestive issues due to the earlier mentioned content of probiotics.
Kefir is not the same as yoghurt
Although they might seem the same, kefir and yoghurt are not. The former is created by slipping so-called “kefir grains” into milk. These grains are a combination of yeasts and bacteria and they cause fermentation. The result is a fairly sour drink, rich in calcium and able to improve your immune system.
Kefir contains lots of vitamins and minerals
Calcium is not the only mineral found in kefir. Magnesium and potassium are also part of its composition. Vitamins B, C and E should also be mentioned as part of kefir. Moreover, kefir is an excellent source of folic acid. In fact, the sourer the kefir, the more folic acid it contains.
Kefir may prevent the onset of some types of cancer
According to some studies, kefir has positive effects when it comes to fighting against breast cancer. Also, kefir consumption may contribute to low risk of developing colon cancer, due to its contents of linoleic acid. Apart from these, kefir helps you maintain healthy bones, as it contains lactoferrin – a protein which ensures the proper function of bone-building cells.
So there you have them – some facts about kefir. These were enough to convince yet again that a cup of kefir a day will keep the doctor away.
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