Kefir is an advanced product. Please use it only after having done the
yogurt for many months . Premature use of kefir might bring an adverse
die off reaction that is stronger than that of the yogurt. Kefir is an extremely powerful fermented food; it is very effective for controlling pathogenic bacteria.
Kefir and SCD:
Seth Barrows' Comments on Kefir and SCD
Although kefir is allowed on the diet, Elaine Gottschall was a little
concerned over itís beneficial yeast content and its potentially high lactose
content (if made improperly). Yogurt is
much easier, because the recipe is cut and dry. Not so with kefir. Some
people experience a cross reaction with the beneficial yeast, especially if
they have had yeast allergies in the past.
The modern day guru of kefir has to be Dominic N. Anfiteatro. He is a proponent for using real kefir
grains to produce real kefir and is a fountain of knowledge about everything
kefir. With his guidance, many people
have discovered the benefits of using real kefir. To be compliant with the SCDiet, you will need to make a more
acidic kefir that has little to no lactose in it. Keep in mind that it is much better to over-ferment the kefir
rather than under-ferment. So if in
doubt, let it go longer. All of this
information can be found on Dominicís website (which has an excellent FAQ) and by joining
support group. Please proceed with
caution, since a bad batch (with too much lactose) can cause a setback on the
Real kefir is made from kefir grains, not from a powdered starter. There is some art to propagating your own
cultures, since each batch is unique.
Many commercial varieties have added ingredients that are not allowed on
the diet and may have high levels of lactose.
So just like yogurt, making kefir at home is a must. However, unlike yogurt, once you get the
hang of it, the grains should keep growing and growing for a lifetime. There is no need to keep purchasing
expensive starter, and you should have extra grains to share with your friends
Real kefir grains can be found on Dominicís website or can be ordered from GEM Cultures. If you can find a kefir enthusiast with extra grains, they will
typically just charge you shipping and handling to get it to your home.
Click here to view the instructions for making kefir without lactose.
Click to view a video about kefir making.
Keep in mind that this video was not made for SCD. You cannot drink the kefir as soon as it is strained. You need to wait another day or two while the kefir is being stored at room temperature.
Young Coconut Kefir is not SCD legal since young coconuts contain starch.