Jackie2 wrote: What is Kefir? I have never heard of it…feeing kind of stupid??
Hi, Jackie. Don’t feel bad, lots of people have never heard of kefir.
To put it simply, kefir is a much stronger natural probiotic than yogurt. The other thing is that yogurt is usually thick and eaten with a spoon whereas kefir is a drink. Also these two contain different types of probiotics. Yogurt normally contains Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bifid bacterium, Lactobacillus Delbrueckii Subspecies, Bulgaricus, and Streptococcus Thermophilus.
Kefir cultures can contain different strains of bacteria, but normally a variation of Lactococcus lactis, lactis, Diacetylactis, Leuconostoc mesenteroides, Cremoris, Lactobacillus kefyr, Kluyveromyces marxianus var marxianus, and Saccaromyces unisporus. This is another reason kefir is better for us than yogurt, more strains of bacteria.
There’s quite a difference in the taste as well; the taste of kefir can be described as not so sour but more of a strong tang, similar to buttermilk perhaps but so much better and stronger. I think it’s something that you either like or detest. For me, I find it almost addictive once I start drinking a glass. But at the same time, I can imagine many people simply gagging on it in an attempt to drink it. It’s enjoyable when mixed about half and half in a bowl of yogurt with coconut cream added as a thickener (not to mention taste).