KefirKefir is a type of beverage similar to yogurt. However, its effect on health was mentioned more powerful than yogurt. What exactly is kefir? What are the benefits for the body?KefirKefir his form rather thick and has a slightly sour taste, though not as thick as yogurt. Is the result of fermentation of milk. Those are some similarities kefir with yogurt. What distinguishes it is the manufacturing process. In the process of yogurt fermentation, used bacteria Bifidobacterium sp. and Lactobacillus sp., in addition to the Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophillus. While kefirs made using seeds containing streptococci and Lactobacilli bacteria / Streptococcus and Lactobacilli sp.

Prepared fresh milk preheated at a temperature of 85-90 degrees Celsius, then put in a glass container and allowed to stand until it reaches room temperature (25-28 degrees Celsius). After that, the seeds included in the milk kefir. This process is left overnight (between 20-24 hours). This process produced by fermentation of kefir grain.

The result, the milk will form a clot. Blobs are then filtered to separate the grain kefir with kefir is ready to drink beverages. If you prefer, you can add sugar or honey as a sweetener. Kefir can be stored in the refrigerator for 1-3 days if not immediately taken.

Kefir has a unique flavor, a mixture of sour, soda and a little taste of alcohol. Also has a layer of froth on top. More delicious when drunk in the cold.

Kefir seeds

Who was instrumental in making kefir is kefir grain. Kefir grains and seeds form can be greater when in milk. Yellowish-white color and will become more brownish when in the milk. Its size varies, range from 1 to 15 mm.

In kefir seeds contain microorganisms, bacteria and yeast. Kefir seeds that have been used screening results can be reused after being washed with boiled water. Kefir seed storage should be done in a way put in the fridge freezer in frozen condition.

Benefits of Kefir

As fermented milk, kefir has many health benefits. Some of the benefits of kefir, namely:

Suppress the growth of bad bacteria in the digestive system so it is good for digestive problems. Act as probiotics.
Lowering cholesterol.
Prevent cancer or tumors, particularly cancers of the digestive tract.
Help people with lactose intolerance to get the nutritional benefits of milk, fermented milk such as kefir on, lactose is broken down there.

Besides the rich benefit, making milk into kefir is one way to preserve milk is not easily damaged. You can also enjoy kefir with a variety of flavors. In many places, kefir is sold mixed with fruit flavors. Like yogurt, you can also enjoy a delicious frozen kefir.Enjoy and feel the benefits of kefir.