Even though it seems to have been around for quite some time, I have just recently discovered kefir water. And it’s delicious.
If you’re like me, then you’re probably a little confused right now. Isn’t kefir dairy? Like yogurt? How is it water… and still kefir?
Kefir Water vs. Milk Kefir
I had those same questions, so I did some digging.
Both are similar in that you need “grains” to get the whole process started. There is no wheat in either Kefir water or milk kefir. These grains are the cultures that have clumped together and taken a granular shape. From there the two kefirs begin to differ. For milk kefir, naturally, milk is added to the grains and allowed to ferment. For kefir water, sugar water, fruit juice, or coconut water can be added and then allowed to ferment. The nature of kefir water also makes it easy to add a variety of flavors by adding fruit.
Kefir Water vs. Kombucha
Again, if you’re like me then now you’re wondering, how is this different from kombucha?
Kombucha is made from fermenting tea, whereas kefir water has the aforementioned sugar water, juice, or coconut water as its base. In my own experience tasting the two, I would say that kombucha tends to be more carbonated than kefir water.
Both beverages are good for you. However, kombucha contains certain acids and enzymes that assist in breaking down food. Kefir water acts as more of a general probiotic drink, and typically contains a wider variety of bacteria strains.
In the end, they’re all great options, and the one you choose to drink depends on preference.
Have you tried any of these? Which is your favorite?