THREE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT KE­FIR

Good Housekeeping (UK) - - Good Health -

With a sto­ry­line in The Archers, it’s fair to say that ke­fir has gone main­stream. So what’s all the fuss about?

1 Ke­fir is a tra­di­tional milk drink that orig­i­nated in the Cau­ca­sus Moun­tains. Like other fer­mented foods, it’s made with a starter, the ‘grains’. 2 Ke­fir has long been con­sid­ered a health pro­moter. ‘The live cul­tures en­cour­age the right bal­ance of bac­te­ria and yeast for a healthy gut and help sup­port your im­mune sys­tem,’ says Tenna Anette, who founded drinks com­pany Purearth. Other ben­e­fits? Bet­ter di­ges­tion and re­duced sugar crav­ings. Plus, a new study says drink­ing ke­fir may help lower blood pres­sure. 3 There are now sparkling wa­ter-based ke­fir drinks for non-milk drinkers. Try Purearth Ke­fir Wa­ters, from £3.50, purearth.co.uk.

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