If you’ve just started drinking kefir for health or weight loss reasons, you might wonder, “how much kefir should I drink per day?”
Here are some things to think about to help you determine how much to drink per day.
How much to drink per day?
The answer to this question will depend on several factors including your goals, your body’s individual response to kefir and how much you like kefir!
Most people will find 1 or 2 cups (200-400g) of kefir a day to be a good amount.
Should you drink kefir daily?
Drinking small or moderate amounts of kefir daily will be healthy for most people, but it’s not necessary to get the benefits of kefir. Drinking kefir just once or twice a week will still have a positive long-term affect on your gut health.
If you’re just starting to drink kefir
If you’ve never tried kefir before, you will want to ease into it in case your body doesn’t take to it. Most people can drink kefir with no noticeable side effects, but others find that their stomach and/or intestines feel uncomfortable or make strange noises after they start drinking kefir. Kefir is slightly fizzy, so it can make you feel bloated.
It’s also important to consider your tolerance to lactose. Kefir contains small amounts of lactose and can normally be tolerated fine by those with lactose intolerance. However, if you are lactose intolerant you might want to take extra care not to drink too much kefir.
Kefir won’t make a noticeable difference to your health immediately, so it’s best to drink a small amount regularly if you’re just starting with it rather than consuming a huge amount in one go.
Other things to think about
Here are some other things you might want to consider:
- Cost: Buying kefir from the supermarket or a health food shop can become expensive. If you want to drink kefir every day, consider making your own. If you buy some kefir grains you can propagate them yourself, giving you an endless supply of kefir.
- Calories and fat content: If you’re counting your calories and fat intake, you will need to factor in your consumption of kefir. Just like whole milk, kefir is fairly high in calories and fat.