There was exciting new research published. And it suggests that there may be good reason to eat your extra kefir grains along with kefir to flatten your tummy this summer.
We know kefir promotes weight loss as suggested by Kim et (2017) and now a study Anti-obesity Effect of Exopolysaccharides Isolated from Kefir Grains by Lim et al (2017), stated that Exopolysaccharides or EPS (which are the material that makes up both water and milk kefir grains), shows significant anti-obesity effects possibly via changing your gut bugs. The study also highlighted that EPS supplementation significantly enhanced the abundance of Akkermansia spp. in feces. This is fascinating because Akkermansia, a type of bacteria found in the gut is causally and inversely associated with obesity, diabetes, cardiometabolic diseases and low-grade inflammation (Cani et al, 2017). Akkermansia is a species we are closely looking at in our Gut Microbiome research via faecal matter testing at our sister company Allele Micromiome.
So rather than throwing out your extra kefir grains why not put a tablespoon in a smoothie for some gut loving goodness which may take some inches of the waistline.