If you aren’t already enjoying the health benefits of kefir, a fermented milk product with a tangy, slightly sour taste like yogurt, you may want to give it a try. Kefir contains protein as well as probiotics, which are beneficial for digestion and gastrointestinal health. It’s rich in vitamins B12, B2 (riboflavin), biotin, folate and magnesium. Kefir also provides calcium for bone health, along with a nutrient known as K2, which aids the body in using calcium.
Kefir is generally well tolerated by people with lactose intolerance, since the fermentation process removes most of the lactose found in dairy products.
If you want to add this nutritional powerhouse to your diet, look for kefir that contains little or no added sugars. Buy the plain variety and add your own flavorings such as honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon or cocoa. Or you may find you enjoy the tangy, tart taste of kefir without additional flavors.