Study Shows Kefir Counteracts Symptoms of Lactose Intolerance
Morton Grove, IL, June 3, 2003 Ė Lifeway Foods, Inc. (Nasdaq: LWAY) A study published in the May issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that kefir, a fermented milk with a slightly effervescent taste and a consistency similar to a smoothie, eliminates or drastically reduces symptoms of lactose intolerance in adults. The study found that kefirís positive effects on lactose digestion equal or exceed that of yogurt, including a marked decrease in flatulence. It is believed that the live cultures in the drink may help digest the lactose in the intestinal tract.
Participants reported having few or no symptoms associated with lactose intolerance after eating both types of yogurt and kefir. Flatulence was the most-reported symptom. Drinking kefir reduced flatulence frequency by more than half, compared to milk.