Does anyone know about Kefir????????

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MTK957
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   Posted 1/11/2011 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
 Recently a friend of mine referred me to Kefir which one of her friends withCD swears by. What is it and how do I find it? She said it should be found at herbal type stores and it comes in a packet or in a stone type something or other. If anyone knows of it and shed a lil light on it 4 me I'd appreciate it. TY

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   Posted 1/11/2011 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Kefir is a drink similar to yogurt. You can find kefir drinks in any grocery store near the yogurt sections. Some have more sugar than others. I love it but most of the commercial products are too sweet for me and probably have too much lactose since despite my love for them I drink them very rarely.
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   Posted 1/11/2011 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I use plain kefir everyday, I make slow cooked oatmeal, I use kefir instead of milk. It's thicker than buttermilk, same flavor as buttermilk, but taste better, you can get strawberry flavor and other flavors as well, but I prefer palin, no sugar. great for smoothies, full of good probiotic stuff, I get it at sprouts, whole foods, henrys. if I don't have oatmeal then I will drink 4-5 oz in morning

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   Posted 1/11/2011 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Kefir is full of good probiotics. I hear the Russians and other cultures swear by it. I've used it before with pretty good success. I might have to get some again now that you reminded me. It is fairly tart to me but the different flavors are quite tasty. I think I liked the rasberry the best and also the blueberry. It would be great on cereal! We have Publix in the south and they have it. I've seen it at the occasional Winn-Dixie.
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   Posted 1/11/2011 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I believe http://www.lifeway.net/ is the most popular brand. They sell it in the yogurt section at my grocery store. They are a lot more brands at whole foods. I am not sure if it's any better than yogurt as far as probiotics go.
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   Posted 1/11/2011 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
In my mind there are 2 kinds of Kefir. The kind you get at the store or the kind you ferment at home. Both are good for you and Kefir is supposed to have more strains of probiotics than yogurt.

I sometimes drink the plain organic Lifeway brand. But if you want all the true health benefits you should get milk kefir grains and ferment your own. If you google Kefir grains you will find a lot of info and a lot of people willing to send you some. When people talk about Kefir and its amazing health benefits, they are usually talking about the kind you make at home with kefir grains, not the commercial kind at the store.

While the kefir at the store is still good for you, not sure there is much more benefit than commercial yogurt.
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MTK957
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   Posted 1/12/2011 12:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Cupcake... The kind you ferment is the one she told me to get. i'm in wisconsin so store names are different but thank you for the insight. I have heard so many different things in the last 2 months I never know what to trust. I will further investigate it now that i have some positive feedback. TY
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