What is Kefir?
Kefir is a fermented milk beverage that is rich in probiotics, vitamins, minerals, and is nearly lactose free. It is a cousin of buttermilk and yogurt with similar consistency and taste. Kefir has been around for thousands of years originating in the Caucasus Mountains of Southern Russia. Kefir is a natural probiotic with many health benefits and healing properties. It is especially beneficial to gastrointestinal and immune systems.
Kefir, like yogurt, is made by the process of milk fermentation. This process is accomplished by inoculation of milk with the beneficial bacteria and yeast that feed on milk, break it down, and turn it into kefir. The clusters of beneficial bacteria are called kefir grains. They are the most important ingredient in our products. Unlike yogurt which usually only contains one bacterial culture, kefir contains 20-30 different cultures of beneficial microorganisms. These cultures live and multiply together in symbiosis forming kefir grains. In appearance, kefir grains resemble a tiny cauliflower. They are gelatinous, almost rubbery, slippery and squishy to touch.
Many vitamins and important elements can be found in kefir. They include group B vitamins, vitamin A, C, D, E, K2, folic acid, biotin, macroelements such as magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and chloride; microelements such as iron, zinc, iodine, selenium, manganese, and phosphorus. One cup of lowfat kefir typically provides 7-14 grams of protein with only about 140 calories. Kefir is beneficial to people who are trying to lose weight.
The healing properties of kefir gave the beginning to numerous legends about this drink. Kefir was called magical, a God sent sacred remedy. The people of Caucasus Mountains diligently guarded the secret of kefir grains. While travelers were allowed to enjoy the beverage, no one could repeat the recipe.
By the beginning of the 20th century word of this closely guarded miracle substance reached the ears of the Moscow Society of Physicians, and they were determined to introduce kefir into the common Russian diet. Two brothers who owned a dairy company were approached regarding the mission, and they elected to send a beautiful Russian woman named Irina as an agent to the prince of the Caucasian region, to acquire the Kefir recipe by any means necessary. After enduring much hardship, including kidnapping and the threat of forced marriage, the resourceful Irina was finally able to secure a supply of the precious Kefir, although intervention by the Tsar himself became necessary!
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