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Coconut

What is Coconut?

Coconut Juice

Most tropical countries use coconut as one of the most important products in agricultural section like Philippines, Indonesia, India, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Mexico, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia and Tanzania. One of the most magnificent things about coconut is that it is free from gluten, dairy, and soy. It is perfect for people who are lactose intolerant, those who wish to lose some weight and for those who have Alzheimer ’s disease. Aside from these, coconut is very cheap!

The coconut meat is the white part inside the coconut. You can eat the meat directly, some use it for cooking or baking and mostly would be for coconut milk production.

Nothing is wasted in coconut. The leaves, the husks and the bark, all can be used to create products such as charcoal, cosmetic products, soap, coconut oil, medicine and other more!

Vitamins and Mineral of Coconut

The Coconut juice or water has plenty of vitamins and minerals, Here are some of them:

  • Amino acids
  • B-complex vitamins – which include riboflavin, thiamin, niacin, foliate, and pyridoxine.
  • Bioactive enzymes
  • Calcium
  • Cytokine – best known for anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic and anti-thrombotic effects.
  • Electrolytes
  • Enzymes
  • Iron
  • Manganese
  • Magnesium
  • Plant hormones or phytohormones
  • Potassium
  • Sodium
  • Vitamin C
  • Zinc

How to make Coconut Milk?

Although Coconut Milk looks very alike with regular fresh milk, it is considered to be a nondairy product.

Below are the steps on how to make your own coconut milk:

  1. Open a small cut in the coconut, then check if the coconut is fresh.
  2. Set aside the coconut juice, which is to be used in the later part.
  3. Scoop all the coconut white meat.
  4. Combine the coconut juice and meat to the blender then blend it.
  5. To store, put the coconut milk in a jar and keep it inside the refrigerator.

Aside from the method above there are still plenty of ways to obtain a coconut milk. You can purchase some shredded coconut meat then boil it out or for those who lacks time, you can buy coconut milk in your nearest grocery.

Coconut milk has high calories, but it also has plenty of nutrients such as:

  • Lauric acid
  • Capric acid
  • Monolaurin

Overall the vitamins and nutrients of the coconut milk are a bit less compared to a dairy milk. But the good news is when we want to use it to create some kefir, it will be more suitable because of its flexible flavor!

Coconut Kefir

What is Coconut Kefir?

Coconut kefir is fermented beverage that is made from coconut juice or milk then mix with kefir grains. There are 2 types of coconut kefir - Coconut Water Kefir and Coconut Milk Kefir.

Health benefits of coconut kefir

  • Improve immune system
  • Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease – it has been proven in 2013
  • Good for lactose intolerance individuals
  • Lose weight

How to make Coconut Water Kefir?

Coconut Water Kefir with Grains

For people who are interested to know how to make your own Coconut Water Kefir, just follow these few steps:

  1. Pour the juice of coconut (4 pieces more or less) in a clean jar.
  2. Add the coconut water kefir grains or water kefir inside the jar.
  3. Keep the jar to be sanitary by covering it using a cloth but be sure to keep the air flow.
  4. Place the jar in a room temperature to allow fermentation. Don’t expose it directly under the sun. Leave the jar for 4 days.
  5. After the 4 days, you will have a white, foamy and sour taste of coconut water kefir.

Some Extra Bonus Tips!

  • For a life time supply of kefir grains, use a plastic strainer to rescue your used kefir grains and keep it in the refrigerator for future use!
  • Some people cannot bear to drink the sour taste of kefir, which is why people try to add some soda pop, ginger ale, vanilla cream, fruit juice or any flavors that will improve the taste of it.
  • Coconut Water kefir is good for people who has kidney problems and people who dihas high cholesterol.
  • For beer lover this is a good news for you, I recommend you to try adding some ginger ale or juice to your coconut water kefir to taste it like beer!

How to make Coconut Milk Kefir?

Coconut Milk Kefir with Grains

Ingredients:

  • Milk kefir grains or Coconut milk kefir grains
  • Coconut milk

Procedure:

  1. Get a glass jar and make sure it’s clean.
  2. Put 2 tablespoons of milk kefir grains into the jar.
  3. Add the coconut milk.
  4. Mix it gently using a non-metallic spoon.
  5. Seal the jar using a cloth so air can go through.
  6. Let it to ferment for 1-2 days.

Note:

  • Please use plastic or wooden spoon in mixing the kefir and don’t try to touch the mixture for half day.
  • You can only check it after half day, to see if the consistency will be suitable for you.
  • The longer hours you let it ferment, the thicker and source the drink will be.
  • Be sure not to ferment it for too long because the mixture will be very thick. It would be very hard to retrieve the grains inside the drink. If that happens, you might as well eat those grains and purchase some new ones.
  • Culturing the grains is very easy, even a beginner will be able to do it. But for the consistency of the drink, you may need more time so you can get the right level to satisfy yourself!
  • It is recommended to use a non-metallic strainer to remove the grains.
  • To separate the grains, you need to pour your drink into a new jar, then cover. Put your drink inside the refrigerator so it will stop thickening.
  • For the grains, you need to separate it to a new jar then put a little milk to it to rehydrate it. Cover the jar and keep it in the refrigerator for 1-2 days, then you’re ready to create your next kefir drink!
  • The milk that will be used to re-hydrate your kefir is not limited to any kind of milk. You are welcome to use any kinds of milk like cow, goat and etc.

Since coconut milk is not considered as a dairy product, then there is a chance that the grains will not cultivate as many as compared to raw milk. Because of this, I would recommend you to replace the grains and use some new batch of milk kefir grains when testing with non-dairy drink. Also, don’t forget to grow the kefir grains in fresh milk for at least 6 weeks more or less so that they could obtain a better micro flora balance when they will be transferred to a new medium.

You can also try adding some fresh fruit, fruit juices and make it into a smoothie drink, or use it as a cream topping or ice cream, this is applicable to both coconut milk kefir and coconut water kefir. But most people prefer water kefir because they don’t like the cream so be reasonable in mixing the topping and proper usage of it. In my future post I’ll be posting some kefir recipe base on my experiences and references.

Pregnant Women and Kefir

Kefir is an important health drink that is known to have no side effects whatsoever. I use it simply to feel clean and good inside-out. I am not really a health buff but I do exercise regularly and make sure to always consume my kefir, the most beneficial health drink of all time. I guess the most important question among women about kefir is this: is it safe for pregnant women to keep drinking kefir?

benefitsofkefir to Pregnant Women

To answer this question, it is important to highlight the good things that kefir can do for its drinkers. One, it can clean the digestive tract making sure that no toxic or pathogenic contents in food enter your bloodstream. As it flushes out the bad bacteria from your intestines, it regulates digestion, metabolism, and the colon, which makes it very effective in treating diarrhea, leaky gut syndrome and even colon cancer.

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Probiotic Benefits of Milk Kefir and Water Kefir

Probiotics Benefits of Kefir

Definitely good for your kids

Kefir grains come in two varieties. The more common and easily recognized one is milk kefir grains while the other is water kefir grains. Water kefir grains are a relatively new discovery while the history of milk kefir is more than 2,000 years old.

Kefir users agree that the first users of kefir grains were the people living in the Caucasus region. This area between the Black Sea and Caspian Sea includes the countries of Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, as well as the southern provinces of Russia. Stories tell of how the shepherds in Turkey accidentally allowed kefir grains to ferment their milk inside leather bags. Soon, the local people started to intentionally culture their milk having discovered a number of health benefits from this fermented beverage.

Milk kefir grains turn regular milk into healthy living beverage. The grains were so special that the early users guarded them as a prized heritage. It was the Russians who first conducted official medical studies and declared that milk kefir was effective in treating tuberculosis. Users, however, know very well that it can treat more than that.

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Friendly Kefir for the Lactose Intolerant

Lactose Intolerant Benefits of Kefir

People who are lactose intolerant stay away from dairy products because they cannot digest the lactose contents properly. This means, if you are lactose intolerant, you most probably will suffer from bloating, diarrhea and other stomach problems after consuming milk, cheese, butter, gelato or ice cream. This is because you are not producing enough lactase in your body. Lactase is an enzyme whose sole task is to digest lactose. According to recent polls, over 30 million Americans above 20 years old develop lactose intolerance to a certain degree, although the condition is more common among Asians, Hispanics, Africans, and Native Americans.

The lactase enzyme needs to simplify and break down lactose, which is sugar in milk, so that the proteins and nutritional contents in lactose may be absorbed in the blood stream.

Finally there’s a health drink that can help people digest lactose properly. The health drink is called kefir; it may sound new to you and to a number of people but believe me, it’s been with us for thousands of years already. Let’s take a closer look at kefir and see how it can help the lactose intolerant to finally enjoy milk and other delicious dairy products.

Kefir drink is regular milk that has been fermented by a culture of kefir grains. Kefir is very similar to yogurt, although kefir has more bacterial strains and, therefore, much more helpful.

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