What is Kefir?!
Kefir milk is actually made from dairy milk and kefir grains, and it is 99% lactose free and gluten-free. This makes it a good choice for people with lactose intolerance. But since it’s made from milk, it has all the nutrients found in milk.
Kefir milk also contains more protein than milk! It also contains probiotics, which are very important for the health of the beneficial bacteria found in our large intestines. (Learn more about probiotics here and immune boosting foods here).
Many choose milk alternatives over dairy milk because they have a dairy allergy or intolerance. This means when they pick a milk alternative, they are using it instead of dairy milk, therefore their alternative should have a similar nutrient profile to dairy milk. This is where almond, cashew, and rice milks fall short.
What To Do With Kefir:
Kefir milk has a thicker consistency than regular milk, but it is thinner than most yogurts, making it drinkable. Kefir milks often come flavored like yogurts do, but they do come in plain with no added sugars.
You can blend fruit into plain kefir milk in a blender and make your own no sugar added fruity flavors. Plus you will be adding fiber by adding whole fruit, something you can’t get from fruit flavors. You can also sweeten your own plain kefir milk with a little honey or maple syrup.
It’s always a good idea to sweeten your own foods because you will likely add less sugar than food manufacturers do.
The Bottom Line:
Kefir is a good alternative if you are someone who needs a low-lactose milk. The extra protein and probiotics don’t hurt, either. However, there is nothing wrong with regular cow’s milk and if you prefer to stick with what you’re drinking, there’s no need to switch.
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