What is Kefir?
Kefir is a fermented beverage originating from Eastern Europe. Authentic Kefir from Live Kefir Company is made in the traditional way, using Live Kefir grains, find out more on our What is Kefir? page.
What is the difference between Kefir made using Live Kefir Company and Supermarket Kefir?
The difference is we are using Live Kefir grains whereas supermarket brands are using a powdered culture much similar to a yogurt culture. Using Live Kefir grains is a much more difficult and complex process however it produces traditional Kefir which is far more medically potent and can help with ailments. Find Out More
What bacteria strains are present in your Kefir?
It is very difficult to determine exactly what strains and species are present. Kefir grains are extremely diverse as they are each built up of many different types of bacteria and yeasts to form a cluster, each one being unique. As we use these Live Kefir grains to make our Kefir Milks each batch may be different therefore each may have a different composition of bacteria and yeast strains/species.
Why can supermarkets list the bacteria strains in their Kefir?
The Kefir products in supermarkets are commercially made, they use a powdered culture which has been manufactured in a laboratory. They can pick and choose specific bacteria strains to include.
How many strains and species of bacteria are present in our Kefir?
We have had our Kefir scientifically tested so we know there are up to 300 billion beneficial bacteria present in each bottle of Kefir. So in a 22 day course that means you will consume 2,400,000,000,000 (two trillion, four hundred billion) beneficial bacteria.
Is Kefir Lactose free?
No, Kefir is not lactose free. However due to the fermentation process and the use of Live Kefir Grains it is low in lactose as the grains feed off the lactose breaking it down. One of the benefits of consuming Kefir or fermented milk products is that it improves lactose digestion – For individuals who have difficulty digesting lactose.
Do you use Raw Milk?
No, by UK law our milk has to be pasturised prior to fermentation. We do not pasturise our Kefir once we have fermented using Kefir grains as this would kill all the beneficial bacteria.
Is our Kefir suitable for pregnant women?
Yes, our Kefir is perfectly fine to drink when pregnant or breast feeding, it can actually be beneficial!
What is the shelf life?
Each bottle of Kefir has a 60 day use by date from the date of manufacture. We make fresh batches weekly so you can expect a long date on your bottles when you receive them.
When, How much & How often should I drink Kefir?
We reccomend a maximum of 180ml, once a day, first thing in the morning. First thing in a morning because stomach acid is at its lowest level giving the bacteria the best chance to get to where it needs to be. We advise 180ml as a maximum, any greater amount will not benefit you more or speed up the process of improving gut health. Kefir is a slower process and taking a little each day will benefit you more than a lot infrequently. Most of our customers take a smaller dose than 180ml due to the fact our Kefir is packed with beneficial bacteria which is very medically potent. However this is all a guideline as each of our guts are unique and some people like to take their Kefir at nights as it helps them sleep. Whatever works best for you!
How is the Kefir delivered?
We use a Next Day Delivery service with DPD to ensure the Kefir is in transit for as little time as possible. We package the Kefir in Sheep’s woolen pouches which act as insulation to keep your bottles cool. These are 100% Biodegradable. We are use ice packs within the pouch which again helps to keep the Kefir cool, all of this packed into a cardboard box.
Does Kefir need to be refrigerated?
Yes, upon delivery your Kefir needs to be put in the fridge ASAP and kept in there throughout its use.
Why do you use plastic bottles & can I recycle them?
Our bottles are widely recyclable, just pop them in your curbside recycling. We use plastic bottles for a number of reasons, plastic is flexible unlike glass. Due to the nature of our Kefir and the fact it is full of natural yeasts that are continually fermenting there can be a build up of CO2, this causes a build up of pressure, our plastic bottles can withstand this pressure unlike glass bottles. Secondly glass bottles are typically heat sealed which would kill any beneficial bacteria within the Kefir.
What is the sugar content of your Kefir?
All of the sugars in our Kefir are naturally occurring, we do not add any extra. Our Kefir Smoothies average at approx 5.25g sugar per 100ml, whereas our original Kefir milks average 1.8g per 100ml.
Is your Kefir suitable for Vegetarians?
It surely is!
Is your Kefir Gluten Free?
Although our Kefir is full of yeasts these are not the yeasts which you would find in foods such as bread, they are natural yeasts and are free from gluten.
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