As we progress through the years, It has come to our attention that now, more than ever, adapting healthy eating practices appears to be the key to a long, healthy existence. Needless to say, exploring new beneficial foods is going to give us a broader platform from which to launch a balanced, nutritionally varied menu to work from.
One particular area of interest is that of fermented drinks such as Kefir. It has been suggested that there are benefits to our GI tracts by providing a favorable probiotic flora and beneficial yeasts as are found in Yogurt. Kefir has been used to improve digestion and counter GI problems. It might be helpful after taking antibiotics. As always, there are potential side effects and interactions with some prescription medications so do your homework before you make these a part of your routine.
My first experience with Kefir was a sample of a batch that my brother was brewing in his kitchen in New Mexico. It had a whitish, curdled milk appearance and was somewhat of a bitter taste with a buttermilk kind of consistency. Considering the proposed benefits, My brother was routinely consuming this concoction for the health benefits, in spite of it’s palate appeal.
You can imagine how excited I was to get a batch of Kefir to try again! Ah, the joys of being a human guinea pig, but we must dare to explore in order to find treasure, no?
We were sent a box of Lifeway Veggie Kefir to try out for Amaze; we received three flavors, Beet, Cucumber, and Tomato. The primary requisites in my mind were a pleasant flavor and agreeable consistency and I was impressed with all three flavors right off the bat. Now, I must mention that I have not cared much for beets since I ate them in elementary school. It has only been in the last few years that I have been learning to enjoy them again. This has occurred by juicing fresh beets from our farmer’s market. That said, I was very surprised that my favorite flavor was indeed the Beet!
All of the flavors were nicely subtle with a slightly tangy twist. The consistency was very smooth and easy to drink. I took advantage of these Kefir drinks and used them as between-meal, liquid snacks (about 110 Cal each). I found them to be quite satisfying and they did the job of satiating my hunger until I could get to my next meal.
Note: These beverages are 99% lactose free if this is a concern for you.
As for digestive benefits, I can’t attest to them as I already enjoy a pretty healthy GI tract (and brew and drink Kombucha daily). I also haven’t consumed what I would consider to be enough Kefir on a regular basis to notice any changes, but based on what I did try, I could easily make Lifeway Kefir drinks part of my diet.
Lifeway Kefir labels are loaded with important information and I would encourage you to peruse their website at: lifewaykefir.com
You will discover their full line of products as well as coupons for savings if you are interested in trying them out.
Summing up, From what I have read, there appear to be many advantages to having Kefir as part of a nutritional tool-kit and if you actually enjoy consuming it, you are that much more likely to get the full benefits.
Check out Lifeway Veggie Kefir drinks for yourself, as well as the rest of their products, which I am now very curious to try.
Let me know your thoughts on this product, as well as probiotics in general.