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Kefir

Background

Kefir is a drinkable, yogurt-like dairy product that was traditionally consumed in the Middle East. Its name comes from the Turkish word ‘keyif’, meaning ‘good feeling’ because its consumption was associated with positive health. As a fermented product, kefir is a source of probiotics which promote healthy gut flora.

 

Benefits

  • Kefir is rich in calcium, like many dairy products. Calcium strengthens bones and teeth and prevents osteoporosis. In fact, half a cup of kefir has nearly as much calcium as half a cup of milk.
  • A great source of B vitamins, which are used throughout the body in the nervous system, digestive system, for synthesis of blood cells and more.
  • Kefir is a probiotic that contributes to gut health. This means that it provides healthy, beneficial bacteria, which helps balance the microflora in our gut and may prevent or treat a variety of gastrointestinal problems.
  • An excellent source of protein, which is essential for the growth, repair and maintenance of body tissues such as muscle, skin, organs, bones and blood.
  • Kefir is a good source of phosphorous, which is one of the most abundant minerals in the body and can be found in bone, teeth and most cells.

 

Nutritional Value of 1/2 cup of kefir (125 ml)

  • 74 calories
  • 5 g carbohydrate
  • 4 g protein
  • 4 g fat
  • 11% of your daily phosphorous needs

 

Did you know

Kefir is considered a low lactose dairy product. Therefore, it may be better tolerated by those with lactose intolerance- making it a great milk alternative!

 

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