Before we get into the coconut kefir recipe let’s back up and see how this post came to be. One of the biggest questions I get from readers of the blog “is what is kefir and how can I make it?”.
Truth be told I have never made it.
Reader: “What?!! Dave, how could you say that? I thought you were the fermentation kombucha recipe king!!”
Dave: “Well, actually I’m a regular dude just like you (uh, unless you are one of our female readers, then I am a regular gal, just like you… if that isn’t weird?”
You see, as much as I love kombucha I have been a bit of an elitist in the world of other fermented foods. Kombucha has been a wonderful action starter for other things like growing my own wheat grass, to trampoline jumping; I have not been to open with MAKING other probiotics.
I thought this post would not just encourage you, the reader, but also me, the writer, to take action and give it a go.
What is kefir and what are the benefits
According to Dr. Perricone
“Kefir (kee-fer) is a fermented, probiotic milk drink from the Caucasus Mountains in the former Soviet Union. The name kefir loosely translated means “pleasure” or “good feeling.” Due to its health-promoting properties, kefir was once considered a gift from the gods. Fortunately it is being rediscovered and recognized for its many health and beauty benefits.”
“Kefir also contains unique polysaccharides (long chain sugars) called kefiran, which may be responsible for some of its health benefits. Much of the Russian research on its health benefits remains untranslated, and Western research is in its early stages—but the results to date support kefir’s impressive folk reputation.”
“The Journal of Medicine and Food, June edition, reported an investigation to determine probiotic properties of kefir. Researchers used a carbohydrate fraction isolated from kefir to test for anti-inflammatory activity both in vitro and in vivo using rats. Results indicated a significant reduction in rat paw edema and overall trauma after treatments with kefir compared to the control rats.
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a naturally occurring fatty acid found in kefir and other ruminant products that has been shown to possess anti-cancer activities in in-vivo animal models and in vitro cell culture systems. The BMC Cancer Journal, July edition, reports a study to determine the effects of CLA on apoptosis (programmed cell death) in human breast tissue. Researchers found that CLA induced apoptosis through estrogen receptor alpha in the breast cells. These findings suggest that the affect of estrogen on breast tissue is modulated by CLA.”
What is coconut and what are the benefits?
Coconut is finally getting the notoriety it deserves. After being bastardized (am I allowed to say that word on a clean fun loving kombucha blog?). I use it in tons of my recipes.
You see not all saturated fat is created equal.
“You’ve no doubt noticed that for about the last 60 years, the majority of health care officials and the media have been telling you saturated fats are bad for your health and lead to a host of negative consequences, including high cholesterol, obesity, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
Meanwhile during this same 60 years, the American levels of heart disease, obesity, elevated serum cholesterol and Alzheimer’s have skyrocketed.”
The above statement is from Dr. Mercola. Who goes on to say:
The fact is, all saturated fats are not created equal.
“The operative word here is “created,” because some saturated fats occur naturally, while other fats are artificially manipulated into a saturated state through the man-made process called hydrogenation.
Hydrogenation manipulates vegetable and seed oils by adding hydrogen atoms while heating the oil, producing a rancid, thickened substance that really only benefits processed food shelf life and corporate profits — just about all experts now agree, hydrogenation does nothing good for your health.
These manipulated saturated fats are also called trans-fats — and you should avoid them like the plague. But if one form of saturated fat is bad for you, does that mean all saturated fat is bad for you?
I have been eating coconut oil, coconut water, and coconut milk for the last year or so with outstanding results (in fact I now blend some in my tea and coffee!!).. if you’re interested in that I can shoot a video for the blog!
Here are some of the benefits of coconut… now keep in mind we are talking about real coconut that is not processed with heat.
Loose weight and have more energy!
While some people think obesity is only a matter of calories, others (myself included) believe that the sources of those calories are critical too.
It is a fact that different foods affect our bodies and hormones in different ways. In this regard, a calorie is NOT a calorie.
The medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil can increase energy expenditure compared to the same amount of calories from longer chain fats (pubmed).
One study found that 15-30 grams of MCTs per day increased 24 hour energy expenditure by 5%, totalling about 120 calories per day (pubmed).
My own experience of consuming coconut oil is that I feel more satiated… not just less hungry but more satisfied!
Another benefit of coconut oil is that it may actually HELP with heart disease due to its cholestrol properties.
Kris Gunners writes…
“Coconut oil is loaded with saturated fats, which actually do not harm the blood lipid profile like previously thought.
Saturated fats raise HDL (the good) cholesterol and change the LDL cholesterol to a benign subtype.
In one study in 40 women, coconut oil reduced Total and LDL cholesterol while increasing HDL compared to soybean oil.
There are also rat studies showing that coconut oil reduces triglycerides, total and LDL cholesterol, increases HDL and improves blood coagulation factors and antioxidant status.
This improvement in cardiovascular risk factors should theoretically lead to a reduced risk of heart disease over the long term.”
Finally the Coconut Kefir Recipe
Ok. Now that we know that both kefir and coconut rock! Here’s an easy to do Kefir Recipe Coconut Milk Video. I’m gonna make it this week and so should you!
and here is a great video FAQ about kefir… the guys answers a lot of questions on the basic how to make kefir recipe in general.. and though it might not be as entertaining as some of my kombucha video :), they are just as informative!