What is Kefir?

Origin of Kefir

Kefir is a Turkish word derives from “kief” meaning feel good / good feelings. This drink is thought to originate from Caucasus, Eastern Europe and Russia.

Kefir is an excellent tasting probiotic drink that offers an energy boost, improves mood, and enhances gut health. Kefir can be made by cow milk, goat’s milk, coconut milk.

About Kefir 

Kefir’s flavour is similar to yogurt with its tart and refreshing appeal, with added benefits from yeast. Not only does is it packed with vitamins and minerals, but kefir contains naturally occurring bacteria and yeast that work together to improve gut health.  Read the benefits of kefir. 


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We get some commonly asked questions about kefir products: 

What is Water Kefir?

Water kefir is fermented specifically through grains that depend on water to be produced.

What Is Coconut Kefir?

Coconut water or coconut milk can be used to create a delicious dairy free option for a kefir beverage. This option is great for those who have lactose intolerance, in fact kefir can help digest lactose due to its bacteria. 

The difference between milk kefir and coconut milk kefir has to do with what they’re made out of - milk, coconut milk, or coconut water. Coconut milk doesn’t contain lactose. This makes it dairy free and suitable for individuals with allergies or who want to follow a vegan diet.

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are live microorganisms that produce health benefits. Probiotics can be found for example in fermented diary products and help promote good bacteria and improve digestion. Adding live active cultures to our diets can offer numerous benefits which is why we promote kefir.

 Is kefir good for the gut?

Probiotics ultimately help with gut health and overall health which is why kefir is great for the gut.

Learn about fermented foods and gut health.


Let’s Compare:

Kefir vs. yogurt

The big difference between kefir and yogurt includes the amount of fat, protein, and probiotics. Additionally, kefir’s consistency is different than yogurt as it’s sold as a beverage and therefore thinner. Drink it, pour it over cereal, make a smoothie, or bake with it! 


Kefir vs. kombucha

Kefir is more of a probiotic and kombucha helps with digestion. Another factor has to do with the method of preparation of both kombucha and water kefir. Kombucha is prepared in adding the culture to sweet tea where the mixture is then fermented for up to a 30-day period.

Water kefir is prepared by combining water kefir grains to a sweet drink such like sugar water, fruit juice, or coconut water. The culturing process then lasts approximately 24-48 hours.