Definition of kefir in English:


Pronunciation /kəˈfir/ /kəˈfɪr/


  • A fermented milk drink with a sour taste, made using a culture of yeasts and bacteria.

    ‘During a yearlong period ending in early September, sales of flavored milk grew 5.5 percent, while sales of packaged milkshakes, soymilk, kefir and milk substitutes also experienced substantial increases.’
    • ‘Popular nonalcoholic beverages other than fruit juices include Turkish-style coffee, a thin yogurt drink called kefir, and a tea known as salep.’
    • ‘If the name sounds vaguely familiar, it's because most of us know this microscopic life form as acidophilus, an ingredient commonly found in yogurt, kefir and a few fermented foods.’
    • ‘Other low-fat dairy foods to make room for are low-fat cheese, skim milk, kefir and low-fat cottage cheese.’
    • ‘Foods containing these bacteria include yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, miso, and tempeh.’
    • ‘The smaller of them contained a hot, spiced drink similar to kefir or lassi, thick and slightly alcoholic.’
    • ‘It is also pretty similar in taste to the Middle-Eastern kefir (also drunk in Russia and Eastern Europe) or the Central Asian koumys.’
    • ‘Interestingly enough, the smell reminded me immediately of kefir, the yogurt-like fermented milk I love so much.’
    • ‘Fermented milk products like yogurt and kefir have a long and exotic history.’
    • ‘Fermented foods such as miso and sauerkraut, pickled vegetables, and cultured dairy products like yogurt, kefir, sour cream, and cheese contain beneficial bacteria.’
    • ‘Other fermented and probiotic foods include yogurt, kefir, raise, and tempeh.’
    • ‘Like yogurt, kefir is chock full of beneficial bacteria and calcium, but it comes in the form of a fruity creamy drink - no spoon needed!’
    • ‘Change the microbial population in your body from bad to good by eating a probiotic diet rich in fermented foods and beverages like kefir and cultured veggies.’
    • ‘Harsh products, chlorinated water, certain drugs and refined sugar and flour throw our internal ecology off balance, while yogurt, kefir, quality probiotics and other measures can heal it.’
    • ‘Probiotics are available in several forms - through the active cultures found in yogurt, kefir and other dairy products, as well as in capsules, pills and freeze-dried powders.’
    • ‘Certain milk products are easier for some lactose-intolerant people to digest, including cultured foods like buttermilk, yogurt and kefir.’
    • ‘When subjects consumed dairy foods after a 12-hour fast, kefir produced only half the amount of flatulence as 2 percent milk.’
    • ‘At least once a day, eat a small serving of tempeh, unpasteurized sauerkraut, whole-grain rye bread, or unsweetened kefir.’
    • ‘Yogurt, kefir, miso, raw sauerkraut and kim chee all contain probiotics.’
    • ‘A nursing mother should eat several servings daily of yogurt, kefir, and buttermilk as well.’