This question was sort of asked in another post but I don't think I got the answer.
asked byMrsD (1467)
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on March 18, 2012
at 02:33 PM
- putting juice/honey in your kefir (and drinking it right away) would be the same as when I add honey to my coffee (along with cream) or when others sweeten tea; it's an indulgence, but it doesn't negate the benefits.
- I brew my water kefir twice; I add about 1/3 c fruit juice to a cup of "fresh" water kefir, bottle it and leave it on the counter for another day. The next day I put the bottle in the fridge and, once chilled, I have a fizzy fruit soda and the juice has been consumed by the probiotic bugs. With that method, the juice provides flavor but isn't a sweetener.
- Honey in its pure state has antibiotic properties. Stirring honey into water kefir might kill some of the "good bugs" although once mixed I don't think the honey would kill any more. Personally, I don't put honey in my water kefir or home-made yogurt because I don't consider them compatible.
- I don't agree that fruit and yogurt/kefir is a problem per se; the fruit would be food for the good bugs. However, the longer the water kefir/yogurt spends in your stomach the more of the good bugs get killed by the high-acid environment so the goal is for probiotics to move through quickly. Ideally, eat/drink the probiotic on an empty stomach and have the fruit a little later. In fact, I usually have yogurt and kefir on alternating days so each has a clear field in my gut.
on March 18, 2012
at 04:20 PM
Yes, it's fine. Your body kills off more probiotic itself than any added fruit or honey could!
on August 29, 2012
at 09:41 AM
Honey actually contains prebiotics, which are food for the probiotics in kefir.