Kefir yogurt has a long and proud history. Humans in Russia have been making this fermented milk drink for thousands of years.
Nutritionists praise kefir benefits like its high protein content, essential calcium, and probioticproperties. And some studies have shown that kefir’s benefits may be even more impressive. The Department of Natural Sciences at the Lebanese American University reports that a recent study suggests kefir may have the power to stop some malignant cancer cells from developing.
Kefir Health Benefits
Kefir yogurt is a great choice for both weight loss and good nutrition. Research has suggested that eating three to four servings of dairy per day may help speed weight loss. Studies have also suggested that people who eat three servings of dairy a day have less belly fat. Because it is also high protein and relatively low sugar, low-fat Kefir makes a good daily source. Kefir also has probiotic properties, which makes it a great tool for supporting digestive health and function.
Kefir vs Yogurt
Kefir yogurt is not technically a yogurt, but it is similar. Kefir and yogurt are both cultured milk products, so they have comparable flavors. Yogurt does have some helpful bacteria, but kefir has markedly more probiotic power. Yogurt’s good bacteria comes and goes through the body while kefir’s healthy bacteria colonizes the intestines. This means the bacteria has a better shot at creating a healthy digestive environment. Kefir cultures are smaller than yogurt cultures, so kefir is also easier to digest. Both can support a healthy diet by providing essential dairy, but whether you love homemade kefir or you prefer store bought yogurt, choose a low fat variety if you are trying to lose weight.
Kefir’s versatility and long-proven health benefits make this ancient food an ideal source of dairy. Try it out as a base for fresh fruit smoothies, use it as a substitute for yogurt in yummy dips, or just enjoy it plain!
Institut Anca Anca Cercel N.D.