Kefir is a product made by fermenting milk.
The first time I ever had kefir was in Poland. There and here, people are using kefir for poor digestion (I do), upset stomach, lactose intolerance, diarrhea following treatment with antibiotics and high cholesterol. How does it work? Kefir contains actively growing bacteria and yeast. Their effect on milk results in production of enzymes and chemicals that affect the way food is digested. Here in the US, it is difficult to find kefir in its 'plain' state, rather it has added fruits which means hidden sugar. I recommend staying away from any dairy product that has added sugar and that includes most flavored yoghurt. Kefir and yoghurt are best when taken in their 'plain' state - no added anything for taste. If you recall, I have posted on the hidden culprit 'sugar'. It is in just about everything on the shelf. So, try to stay away from hidden sugars, at least so you can eat good bread with some Kefir cheese.
Other Names:Fermented Dairy Product, Fermented Milk, Fromage Kéfir, Kéfir, Kefir Cheese, Kefir Grains, Kefir Yogurt, Lait Fermenté, Produit Laitier Fermenté.