~ CLOSED ~ Facts and Benefits of Kefir {w/$50.00 GC Giveaway}

I LOVE yogurt and eat it almost everyday.  Most of us are familiar with yogurt and it’s benefits; but are you acquainted with the benefits of kefir?  Do you know what kefir is?

Until recently, I did not have much knowledge of kefir.  I had heard of it, knew it was a  yogurt like drink, but that was about it.

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So, I have done a bit of research and this is what I have found:

  • Kefir is a fermented milk drink made with kefir “grains” (a yeast/bacterial fermentation starter).
  • Originating over 2,000 years ago in the Caucasus Mountains – – where many people live well over 100 years — kefir has been associated with a long list of health benefits.
  • Kefir is cultured for twelve hours, whereas most yogurts are cultured anywhere from two to eight hours. It is that extra time that gives kefir its high probiotic activity count.
  • It has a thinner consistency than yogurt and is typically sold as a beverage. You can drink it, pour it over cereal and granola, use it as a base in dips, or blend it with fruit to make a smoothie.
  • Kefir is a source of probiotics, live organisms (like bacteria and yeast) that, when consumed in certain amounts, is considered to exert health benefits.
  • Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are thought to be good for your health, especially your digestive system. Your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called good bacteria, because they help keep your digestive system healthy.
  • Probiotics are also thought to help inhibit the growth of unfriendly, disease-causing bacteria and stimulate the body’s immune response.
  • Drinking kefir and consuming foods to which kefir has been added boosts the amount of “good” intestinal flora.
  • The  PC® Kefir milks I have been drinking contain 2 billion probiotic live active cultures per 250mls.  Which is about three times the probiotics of many yogurts.
  • A higher probiotic count per serving means bigger potential benefits to your digestive health and immune system.

It took me a while to get used to drinking plain kefir, I found the taste and texture a bit unusual.  I find the flavoured kefir more to my liking and have also used both the flavoured and the plain in smoothies, which are delicious! You can also find kefir in frozen treats and there are also dips available that use kefir as the base.  Add some whole grain crackers or crunchy vegetables to a platter with kefir dip and you have a tasty, healthy snack.

President’s Choice® wants to give you the opportunity to try kefir! (or anything in their stores) They are giving one lucky Canadian, the chance to win a $50.00 PC® Gift Card.

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DATES –  Giveaway closes at 11:59PM on April 10th, 2015

ELIGIBILITY – Open to all residents of Canada

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Comments

  1. kathy downey says:

    I have tried it,and I love drinking it,so refreshing when its chilled to perfection

  2. Kefir looks like a great product, but I’ve never tried it. The mango looks like a good option to try first!

  3. Jennifer says:

    I’ve seen it on the shelves but have yet to try it. We go through a lot of yogurt in this house…I’m thinking it would be a great addition to our smoothie ingredients!
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  4. I have tried Kefir – the PC Mango Coconut in fact and LOVE IT! I’m trying to get my gut back on track can’t wait to see if it helps!

  5. Judy Cowan says:

    I drink Kefir for its high levels of Probiotics. I find that it really helps with some GI issues I have. I have not tried the PC brand yet but I will definitely be checking it out.

  6. i just tried Kefir for the first time last weekend (only bought one) and really like it.

  7. michelle tremblett says:

    I haven’t drank this yet but I love that it has 3x the probiotics compared to yogurt, I find as I am getting older this is great for my stomach, I tend to be a little finicky with tastes so im guessing mixing it into my smoothies would be the best option for me, can’t wait to try it !

  8. I’ve never tried , but I know fermented foods are good for your body. I’d like to try it.

  9. Jane Reid Gray says:

    I have not tried it but definitely will as I love trying anything new. I like the idea of a pro biotic drink and would make my smoothies with it.

  10. Kefir has quite the history! I have never tried it, but i have seen it more in the store lately – i would consume it in smoothies, i think, or just as is.

  11. Nicole Jubleew says:

    I think Kefir is an great healthy choice. Yes I’ve tried it and I’m trying to get the taste for it. I like to add it to my morning smoothies!

  12. Amy Heffernan says:

    Sounds good! Nope never tried it but i would sure like to!

  13. I like that it gives you probiotics although I haven’t tried kefir before (more of a yogurt person).

  14. I have never tried Kefir before

  15. I have no tired it, but always looking for a new way to get calcium. The dip looks good.

  16. Anne Taylor says:

    I have never tried it, but after reading this, I think the whole family will! Thank you!

  17. I’ve never tried kefir but was an easy convert to kombucha so I can only imagine I’ll be a quick sell!

  18. I haven’t tried it, but I’ve always been intrigued. It sounds amazing.

  19. Patricia says:

    Although I eat yogurt regularly, have never heard of or tried kefir. After seeing the benefits you describe, will certainly give it a try…. especially in a smoothie.

  20. I have not tried Kefir, but I think I would like it, I love yogurt.

  21. Jenness M says:

    I like that it has 3 times the probiotics of yogurt. I haven’t tried it but I’m going to grab some on my next shopping trip.

  22. I know about kefir but have never tried it as I’ve been trying to cut back on dairy. I’m a fan of kombucha but have been considering trying kefir instead as its more readily available in stores (and cheaper!)

  23. Susan T. says:

    I haven’t tried kefir but I make my own yogurt and I want to try making kefir next!

  24. Maegan Morin says:

    I have not tried it before but reading the words fermented milk kind of makes me nervous.

  25. Lynda Cook says:

    I have not tried it, I’ve seen it on the shelves, but I have noticed more and more people are drinking it and saying how good it is, thinking I might just buy one this weekend and see how I like it, very curious!!

  26. Julie G. says:

    I actually saw a segment on tv about the health benefits of kefir, but have yet to try it myself. I’m not sure what section of the store to look for it in.

  27. Haven’t even heard of it yet…thanks.

  28. Haven’t tried it yet but I just bought a bottle; will be trying it in my smoothies!!

  29. Cheryl Grandy says:

    I’ve never tried Kefir – it sounds like it would be a great addition to my morning smoothie.

  30. Brenda Penton says:

    I have tried and made my own Kefir. I enjoy adding it to my smoothies

  31. I’ve never tried Kefir but with all the benefits you’ve listed, it looks like a great product for my digestive health.

  32. wobbles13 says:

    I’ve never tried but it sounds good!
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  33. I have not tried it but definitely will

  34. never tried it – sounds interesting. might consider in the future. thanks

  35. Never heard of it till now. But wow all those benefits!! Never tried it but I think I’ll try the drink sometime

  36. Doris Calvert says:

    Never tried or heard of it but sounds very interesting

  37. I have never heard of or tried kefir before.

  38. Carole Dube says:

    I’ve never tried kefir before but I would love too. Sounds like a great product.

  39. Never heard of Kefir till now, seems this would be great in smoothies

  40. I have not tried this but its something I have heard about and would like to try.

  41. I haven’t tried it before. I have been hearing about it lately but honestly didn’t really know what it was until I read your post on it. I saw it at our local coop last weekend when I was buying yogurt – that is the first time have seen it. I am glad you posted all of the benefits of it. I would like to try it so I can validate your points.

  42. Michelle Policelli says:

    I haven’t tried it before, but sounds like a great product!

  43. Valerie Mallette says:

    No, I’ve never tried kefir before but I would like to. It seems like it would be a great addition to smoothies :)

  44. I have not tried it yet. Looks and sounds awesome. Will have to try for myself.

  45. I have never tried Kelfir and have never even heard of it. I would like to try the Mango Coconut as those two flavours together are getting me salivating. I am in my 50’s and would like to improve my digestive health and this may be my answer.

  46. I have never tried Kefir. I think it would be great for smoothies and help keep things moving in the body.

  47. lori butler says:

    i have never heard of it before now.

  48. I have honestly never heard of kefir before, the benefits sound pretty awesome, I will definitely have to try it.

  49. Lori Bazan says:

    I have never tried Kefir before but it appears to be an awesome drink! I will look for it and try it for sure!

  50. Karla Sceviour says:

    I have never tried it but wouldbe interested in doing do,sounds cool

  51. I have never tried kefir.

  52. Tammy Dalley says:

    I have never tried it!

  53. Taylor Hawkins says:

    I think it’s really good for you, I have had it, and I love it in a shake :)

  54. nicolthepickle says:

    I haven’t tried kefir yet, but I think I would try it.

  55. Andrea Amy says:

    I have never heard of kefir before but I like drinkable yogurts and probiotics so I think it might be great and I would love to try it

  56. Jamie Bertrand says:

    Sounds like it has a lot of health benefits, got to make a smoothie with it!

  57. Kefir seems to have a lot of health benefits, I have never tried it before but it sounds delicious

  58. I have tried Kefir, it tastes like a drinkable yogurt, it’s yummy! I like the non-effervescent types better. I love that they are high in probiotics. I just drink it straight.

  59. I have tried Kefir. I used to make it actually but stopped as I was the only one who would consume it at my house and it made more than I could keep up with. I love to put it in smoothies and I prefer the plain so there is no added sugar.

  60. Ashleigh Swerdfeger says:

    I like kefir- it tastes like yogourt! Probiotics are so important!
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  61. wendy hutton says:

    I have never heard of it or tried it

  62. I finally tried it and I thought it was good and I bought flavoured so I enjoyed it right out of glass.
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  63. Katrina Brady says:

    I have never tried it before
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  64. Andrea Williams says:

    I think it is a great source of probiotics and I would probably use it in a smoothie to try it out.

  65. Carol M (Lushka S) says:

    I haven’t tried it, but have heard a lot about it. Should try it out soon.

  66. Belinda McNabb says:

    I have never tried kefir but I think i would add it to a smoothie

  67. Karry Knisley says:

    I have never tried it. I would probably drink it in a smoothir

  68. I love love love Kefir, it’s the best drink with any meal, I would pick the standard one!

  69. I haven’t tried kefir, which is why this giveaway caught my attention.

  70. I have tried and love Kefir, I add it to my breakfast smoothies for a change!

  71. Catherine White says:

    I have tried it. It was and acquired taste and texture, when first tried. but I’ll bet it would be awesome in a smoothie!!
    Since the health benefits of using Kefir are so vast, it would certainly be a great product to add to my regular grocery list.

  72. I have never tried it

  73. Tricia Hope says:

    I have never tried it but will look into it for its’ probiotics

  74. Marina M. says:

    I like Kefir. It is great for the health because of good bacteria. I drink plain Kefir.

  75. I have not tried it but have heard before that it is good for you

  76. I have not tried kefir but I am sure intrigued now!

  77. I have recently just started reading about kefir, and definitely believe the health benefits. I love yogurt, but somehow it just doesn’t seem to be “enough”. I’d have to eat a lot more of it, to get similar benefits to a lot less kefir.
    While I have not tried kefir, I certainly am looking to find some.

  78. Gillian Morgan says:

    I have never tried kefitr before but I think I would enjoy it.

  79. Victoria Ess says:

    I have tried it and love drinking it!

  80. Amanda @ My Life, I Guess says:

    I haven’t tried it yet, but as someone who has a smoothie every morning, this seems like a great alternative or even additive to my morning routine :)
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  81. Marie Constantineau says:

    i haven’t tried it yet, but you’ve peeked my interest.

  82. I haven’t tried it but it sounds good.

  83. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    we have never tried it but the benefits sound really good

  84. I have never tried kefir and had only heard the word once or twice before today. I will have to give it a try now.

  85. My girls were extremely picky toddlers but one protein source they loved was kefir! It is really good in smoothies.

  86. Kristine Ewald says:

    Probiotics are always good butI have not tried this product yet

  87. michelle matta says:

    kefir sounds terrifying however i am a big fan of probiotics and eating right to manage a healthy body. I would be willing to try it.

  88. Kefir is a great source of probiotics. I haven’t tired it yet. I wouldn’t mind adding it to smoothies

  89. I have never tried Kefir but I love experimenting with new products.

  90. SueSueper says:

    I have never heard of Kefir before. Would like to try it didn’t know about its benefits.

  91. Deanna Bolton says:

    Love this PC product!! :)

  92. Theresa Michalik says:

    I have never heard or or tried Kefir before, but when I win I will

  93. Sunshine G says:

    I’ve never tried kefir before – I’ll have to give it a shot!

  94. lynn clayton says:

    IVE HAVE NEVER SEEN IT OR HEARD OF IT I MAY CHECK THIS OUT WHEN I DO THE GROCHERIES

  95. Wendy Wagar says:

    Kefir sounds like an amazing product. I have never tried it but would love to try the flavoured variety

  96. krystyl olson says:

    hubby and I tried the strawberry PC Kefir , specifically for the heath benefits – but we weren’t sold on the texture … so we added ti to smoothies …. perfect!

  97. I have only recently heard of Kefir while exploring healthier nutrition for us. We have not tried it yet but I am sure we eventually will. The Coconut Mango would probably be the one I would try first and I would use it for a smoothie and add some fresh mango to it as well.

  98. Ive heard great things about kefir. And Ive actually looked into obtaining some kefir grains to produce my own. Ive never tried it before though.

  99. I’ve never tried Kefir, but I’d like to use it in smoothies.

  100. I’ve actually never had kefir

  101. I’ve never tried Kefir but it sounds healthy.

  102. Ive never tried it before or even heard of the product
    might just have to give it a try
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  103. Carole B. says:

    I tried Kefir before, it’s a great product, perfect in smoothies

  104. Dawn walsh says:

    I have tried kefir when I lived in Ukraine ten years ago I love now that I can find it here

  105. Gail Anema says:

    I believe in the benefits of probiotics but I have not tried kefir yet – always wondered what exactly it is – thanks for the info & now I will try some!

  106. ivy pluchinsky says:

    I first heard about this the other day, would love to try some, going shopping tomorrow. this would be perfect for my smoothies

  107. I have tried it and love it ! So happy to learn about all the health benefits

  108. Anna Johnson says:

    I like that it’s an easy way to get probiotics. I’ve tried it and really like it! My favourite way so far is to drink it straight or mix it with milk. I would like to try smoothies and other things.

  109. kelly oinonen says:

    I have yet to try kefir.. but after reading how healthy it is and everyone’s raves about it, I am eager to try it!

  110. Nate Fuller says:

    I have never tried it but heard good things!

  111. Lindsay T says:

    sounds awesome! I haven’t tried it but I think I’d add it to a smoothie

  112. Tea & Nail Polish says:

    It seems super healthy and versatile but I have not tried it to say how to use it, it would probably be great in a shake
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  113. It sounds like it is full of good stuff for my body but I haven’t tried it yet – I’m going to though!

  114. Wendy Jensen says:

    No I have not tried kefir and had never heard of it until your blog.

  115. Wanda Bergman says:

    I think kefir is helpful for many things. I have tried water kefir and milk kefir. I like to drink it just as it is, with nothing else added.

  116. Rhonda W G. says:

    This is all new to me…Thanks for the info. I will definately be trying.

  117. Saw this at the store the other day but haven’t tried it yet…will have to check it out!

  118. Brenda Lacourciere says:

    I haven’t tried it but it looks like it would be worth trying.

  119. Juliee Fitze says:

    I haven’t tried it yet but trying to try more natural products so will be picking some up next trip out.

  120. ikkinlala says:

    I haven’t tried milk kefir, but I like water kefir so the milk kefir sounds like it would be worth a try at least.

  121. NAnderson says:

    We have been using kefir in our family for years. It’s great on cereal, good to cook with, Plain kefir, poured on sliced cucumbers with a bit of chopped mint is wonderful

  122. I have not heard of kefir before. I’m interested in trying it.

  123. Mike Gismondi says:

    It looks like it would be worth trying.

  124. Jo Ann McPhee says:

    very interesting information

  125. Nicole tidman says:

    I haven’t heard of kefir before but am interested!

  126. Carey Hurst says:

    I have never tried it before. I am sure it has been in some things I have eaten but nothing where I knew and was concrete so I wouldn’t be able to speculate . I think it is very interesting and would likely benefit a lot of people

  127. I’ve never tried it. I wonder, does it taste like yogurt? I can’t stand the taste of yogurt, except when hidden in a smoothie.
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  128. lisa neutel says:

    until reading this post i had not heard of kelfir ..so i have not tried it yet but will be now

  129. kristen visser says:

    wow looks like an amazing product! i have never heard nor tried Kelfir but after reading this post I would definitely love to give it a try!

  130. dawn rader says:

    I had actually never heard of it. We eat a lot of yogurt in this house…This might be a good addition…not sure how I would use is…but I might pick some up!

  131. Krista M says:

    I have never in my life tried Kefir. But my son has special needs & we’ve been seeing a dietician who recommends kefir for his gastrointestinal issues. So we are looking into this to try, & I’m glad to see some flavors he’d manage to drink.

  132. Holly OGorman says:

    My daughter likes it just as a drink, her favorite is the strawberry. Only recently heard of it and bought some on sale a few weeks ago.

  133. missbobloblaw says:

    I’ve tried kefir. Love using it in a milkshake.
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  134. Julia H says:

    1.) What are your thoughts on the benefits of kefir? I am impressed that it has more probiotics that yogurt! 2.) Have you tried it? No, I haven’t tried it. 3.) What are your favourite ways to consume kefir? Since I haven’t tried it, I don’t have any fav ways, yet, but I think I would just drink it plain.

  135. Seham Merzib says:

    1. has lots of probiotics. 2. yes 3. love it with my smoothies

  136. Erika E says:

    I have never tried Kefir before.

  137. Wanda Tracey says:

    Although this product is new to me I think I would like it and love that its full of probiotics.I would like to try it as a fruit smoothie.This was a wonderful review of Kefir and has intruiged me to try it.I am looking forward to shopping to find it.Thank you :)

  138. Robyn Bellefleur says:

    I have never tried Kefir before but I would love to. It sounds like something my family would like to incorporate into our diet.

  139. frances mccrindle says:

    it is new to me

  140. jessica s says:

    never tried it. never heard of it until now! Sounds interesting though!

  141. naiddia p says:

    I have never tried it but am interested in trying it.

  142. I like the benefits of Kefir, the probiotic method is the way to go. get the body moving

  143. I’ve never tried it.

  144. I have not tried kefir.

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