Kefir is similar to a drinkable yogurt. It contains protein, calcium and has multiple strains of good gut bacteria versus yogurt’s single strain. Kefir is a standout as a probiotic food. It enhances digestion of other foods and it makes valuable nutrients such as vitamin B12 and vitamin K in the gut. You can drink flavored kefir or use it in smoothies. Some recipes use kefir in baking, but this is not recommended because heat kills the bacteria.
Lindsey Hester, Registered Dietitian
The Memorial Hospital at Craig