ke·​fir | \ ke-ˈfir How to pronounce kefir (audio) ; ˈkē-fər How to pronounce kefir (audio) , ˈke- How to pronounce kefir (audio) \

Definition of kefir

: a beverage of fermented cow's milk

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From kombucha to kefir, tepache to mead, natural wine to probiotic sodas, everything cultured, fizzy-fied and aged is old-but-new again. Erin Booke, Dallas News, "How Dallas is dipping into the world of dark, funky, fermented teas," 26 July 2019 But just as important as taking the leap is knowing how to navigate the endless options on the market—from supplements to kefirs and jar ferments—as well as how the rest of your lifestyle plays into honing the benefits of a probiotic. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Complete Guide to Probiotics, From Supplements to Kombucha," 16 Oct. 2018 In Chad, milk bars are helping popularize the consumption of the slightly salty milk, while Egypt’s Tayyiba Farms offers a range of products including camel white cheese, kefir, and yogurt. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Camel milk could be the next superfood—thanks to East Africa," 6 June 2019 Drink Your Probiotics—but Only Within Reason And then, there are the predominant probiotic beverage categories: kefir and kombucha. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Complete Guide to Probiotics, From Supplements to Kombucha," 16 Oct. 2018 Meanwhile, prepare the topping: In a small bowl, combine kefir and lemon juice; fold in mint and cucumber if using. Joy Bauer, Ms, Woman's Day, "Mediterranean Zucchini Boats with Kefir-Mint Topping," 25 Oct. 2018 Same goes for living probiotic kefir grains, all you nefarious homeopathic data miners. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "Smart Cars Know Where You Drove Last Monday. Here’s a Battle Plan.," 24 Aug. 2018 Yogurt and kefir products contain live, active cultures, as do fermented foods like kimchi, miso, and sauerkraut. Liz Krieger, Harper's BAZAAR, "The New Way to Lose Weight Involves Healing Your Gut," 26 June 2017 And Meer also will have krauts, kvass, kombucha and coconut kefirs. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Muldoon Farmers Market finds new home in a new neighborhood park," 20 June 2018

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1884, in the meaning defined above

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