Can you eat water kefir grains?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you eat water kefir grains?” and discuss what kefir grains are composed of.

Can you eat water kefir grains?

Yes, you can eat water kefir grains. Except for the residual taste of the kefir (or sugar-water) in which they were marinated, they are flavorless (unlike delicious milk kefir grains which are like sour gummy worms). As a result of their high concentration of probiotics, they are very beneficial to your health. 

It’s common for individuals to either consume the surplus grains or give them to their animals. What’s even better is that you can consume only the grains if your body can’t handle the acidic nature of the sugar level of your kefir beverage. Blend some grains into a smoothie or any other drink that doesn’t need to be heated up (which will kill the microflora). 

Also, they may be dried and used in cooking (crush them into powder and sprinkle over salad or pasta) or as a sweetener (include them in a dessert or smoothie). Dried milk kefir grains don’t have the same taste as their fresh counterparts, but they make a wonderful homemade probiotic in their dried state. 

To make your own probiotic powder supplement, just dry your grains and crush them in a coffee bean grinder or food processor/blender. 

They’ve been shown to have anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, and blood pressure-regulating activities in modest trials. Aside from lowering cholesterol levels, they’ve shown promise as a therapy for IBS, Ulcerative Colitis, and stomach ulcers for certain individuals. 

For therapeutic reasons, you may take up to 1/8 cup a day for a brief length of time (or daily for overall health if consuming just a few grains). Always practice moderation, and remember to give your body a break every now and again, even while doing something like this!

Kefir Grains vary from powder starters (like Body Ecology’s) and store-bought kefir in how they are made.

To get the real deal, you have to get it from a kefir farm rather than a commercial one. The taste of real kefir is faithfully reproduced in the synthetic beverage known as “manufactured kefir.” It isn’t made the old-fashioned way. Instead, it is made by combining a variety of bacteria and yeast (which they buy separately). 

Like the Body Ecology products, they are usually freeze-dried powder versions of bacteria and yeast. In the sugar water, a symbiotic mass colony of diverse bacteria and yeast that are alive, sometimes outliving their owner, is established and thrives!

What are the ingredients in Kefir Grains?

Lactic acid, carbon dioxide, and ethanol are all products of the symbiotic connection between various strains of helpful bacteria and yeast. 

Insoluble polysaccharides (complex sugars) make up the majority of the grain’s mass, thanks largely to the presence of L. casei and L. Brevis. To make the stringy kefiran, which is the mucus produced by the milk kefir grains, it does not need the same kind of polysaccharides.

Is ginger good for your kefir grains or not?

It’s been reported that freshly peeled slices of ginger, candied ginger, or ginger juice are all effective growth promoters. Due to a variety of reasons, this may not always be the case with water kefir grains: (they look extremely similar). 

To find out whether your water kefir loves it, you’ll have to experiment with different grain ‘families,’ even within the same species. Moreover, just while it doesn’t seem to like it at one moment, you may find it take off and develop quickly at another (water kefir is always in flux and changing). 

In the same way that a person would want bananas for a few weeks, and then get tired of them and switch to a new food, water kefir likewise enjoys variation. We’ve found this intriguing. 

A broad variety of nutrients, as well as a respite from other nutrients, appears to be best for their health (and then returning to them). As an example, you might start with apricots, then dates, then figs, and finally ginger slices.

Grains may be washed or rinsed without washing.

This is something that some people like doing, but it was never done in the past and is not required. In their natural state, they are a symbiotic mass of microflora that protects themselves against alien bacteria or yeast. 

Its excretion of lactic acid also helps to keep it clean. As a result of not washing their grains, many claims that their kefir grains flourished and produced superior kefir. As far as the jar is concerned, it doesn’t need to be cleaned every time. 

But it’s possible for them to develop a filmy covering on their surface which may signal that they require some light scrubbing and/or rinsing. Make sure the water you use to wash them is clean and free of chlorine. A simple rinse in a bowl of clean water and a quick rinse under the faucet is all you need to do.

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In this article, we answered the question “Can you eat water kefir grains?” and we discussed what is kefir grains composed of?


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