Kefir grains are the main culture of our products. Babushka’s Kefir is a natural probiotic food, with a creamy consistency, a tart, refreshing flavour and the slightest hint of a natural effervescent zesty tang. The yoghurt is prepared by inoculating milk with kefir grains.
Kefir grains are a combination of bacteria and yeasts in a matrix of proteins (caseins), lipids (fat), and sugars (lactose). This symbiotic matrix forms grains that resemble cauliflower, resulting in a complex and highly variable community of micro-organisms. Many different bacteria and yeasts are found in the kefir grains, such as a polysaccharide known as L. kefiran that imparts a rope-like texture and feeling in one’s mouth as well as L. Rhamnosus, L.Casei, L. Plantharum, L. Acidophilus, L.Brevis. Daily consumption supports a balanced intestinal eco-system, the foundation for healthy immunity.
One of the most thorough studies on kefir was conducted by Edward R. Farnworth Food Research and Development Centre, Quebec, Canada.
Below is part of E. Fanworth’s shortened conclusion.
“Many probiotic products have been formulated that contain small numbers of different bacteria. The microbiological and chemical composition of kefir indicates that it is a much more complex probiotic, as the large number of different bacteria and yeast found in it distinguishes it from other probiotic products. The study of kefir is made more difficult, because it appears that many different sources of kefir grains exist that are being used to produce kefir.
The production of kefir depends on the synergistic interaction of the microflora in kefir grains. During the fermentation process, the yeasts and bacteria in kefir grains produce a variety of ingredients that give kefir its unique taste and texture. Furthermore, there is evidence to show that kefir consumption not only affects digestion, but also influences metabolism and immune function in humans.
We have chosen and recommend Kefir because it is naturally made up of more then a dozen Lactobacilli bacteria and various yeasts, offering you the benefits of multiple live probiotics happily co-existing in this complex food product.