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Posted on: Wed, 10/18/2006 - 6:27am
LisaM's picture
Joined: 11/04/2005 - 09:00

I didn't know that the alcohol was okay--I thought that it could be from wheat. I'm happy that I can have vanilla again! I'll try your "creamsicle Kefir" idea--sounds good.
I did look into buying Frontier Naturals, which doesn't (or doesn't always) have alcohol in it---I can't remember exactly why the vanilla was objectionable or seemed so at the time. But I do know that Frontier Naturals adds vitamin E (=soy) to their lemon flavouring. So maybe there was a similar issue with their vanilla . . . or maybe it was because it contains glycerin (not sure whether glycerin is from soy or not . . .)

Posted on: Wed, 10/18/2006 - 8:11am
krasota's picture
Joined: 04/24/2000 - 09:00

Aye, I don't use frontier naturals. I can't do soy or wheat-derived vitamin E.
Distilled alcohol *can* be made from wheat, but gluten cannot pass through the distillation process. Distilled alcohol is absolutely gluten-free. If you're still not comfy, you can always make your own vanilla extract from potato vodka and vanilla beans.

Posted on: Wed, 10/18/2006 - 12:12pm
LisaM's picture
Joined: 11/04/2005 - 09:00

I'm glad you cleared the alcohol issue up for me--I had just assumed that it wasn't safe. I'm really looking forward to buying vanilla flavouring again!

Posted on: Mon, 10/16/2006 - 9:24pm
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Joined: 09/03/2004 - 09:00

Another article
'Alcoholic milkshake' targets food allergies
Monday, 16 Oct 2006 11:42
Kefir, a fermented milk, is thought to target food allergies A traditional fermented drink from eastern Europe could help to reduce the number of children who develop food allergies, a new study has found.
Kefir, an alcoholic milk, is often used to wean babies and is easily digested. It contains 'friendly' bacteria that are thought to play a role in blocking the process involved in all allergic responses.
The milk is said to hold promise as at present the only treatment available to tackle food allergies is the avoidance of problematic food.
Research published in the Journal of Science & Food Agriculture found that the milk drink inhibits the allergen specific antibody IgE.
In the presence of allergens IgE can activate cells responsible for the release of histamine, a chemical which stimulates allergic responses such as blocked airways and inflammation.
Mice were fed the milky drink and after three weeks were found to have three times less the amount of ovalbumin (OVA) specific IgE, which causes most food allergies in young children.
The drink was also found to prevent food antigens from passing through the intestinal wall.
Lead author Ji-Ruei Liu from the National Formosa University, Taiwan, said that elements of the drink hold promise for future treatments to prevent allergies.
"In the future, maybe we can screen out the certain components (bacterial strains or bioactive peptides) from kefir and utilise them in medicine," he said.

Posted on: Tue, 10/17/2006 - 2:03am
amyd's picture
Joined: 09/12/2006 - 09:00

Wow that's REALLY interesting! I used to babysit for a family that drank Kefir. I've never tried it... anyone know a brand that tastes decent? I'm wondering if I could get my toddler to drink it.

Posted on: Tue, 10/17/2006 - 8:02am
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Joined: 10/31/2001 - 09:00


Posted on: Tue, 10/17/2006 - 8:22am
krasota's picture
Joined: 04/24/2000 - 09:00

I make my own. You can probably find someone nearby who has kefir grains available for sale or trade. Someone on my freecycle list offers them up every so often.
I've never noticed an improvement in allergies. I just need the flora for my gut.

Posted on: Tue, 10/17/2006 - 11:45am
LisaM's picture
Joined: 11/04/2005 - 09:00

Liberty kefir is really good---it is a Quebec company so I don't know if it is sold in the US, but you can get it in various cities in Ontario: [url="http://www.liberte.qc.ca/en/index.ch2"]http://www.liberte.qc.ca/en/index.ch2[/url]
I've been buying Pinehedge Kefir---it is less expensive if I buy it in the 1 kg glass bottles + I like the fact that they reuse the bottles.
I haven't seen this brand outside of Toronto, however. (you can buy the glass bottles at Whole Foods or The Big Carrot)
Kefir tastes *the best* with maple syrup!

Posted on: Tue, 10/17/2006 - 2:16pm
TJuliebeth's picture
Joined: 03/30/2005 - 09:00

Very interesting article...Thanks for posting it...
stupid questions...
It's alcoholic milk? What does that mean?
I have seen kefir before but never tried it...I assumed it was like yogurt...does it have a strong taste?

Posted on: Tue, 10/17/2006 - 9:16pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Kefir is actually very easy to make. I've made it once but didn't like it. I believe it's in the Gourmet Home Diary package at [url="http://www.cheesemaking.com"]www.cheesemaking.com[/url] found in this link:
The kit, IMO, is worth every penny. I make my own cream cheese a lot, and it's far better tasting that the Philly bars or tubs at the store. I've made the yogurt and marscapone, and some others, but always come back to my fave--cream cheese!
And their homemade ricotta and mozzarella kit is fantastic! We've been known to eat half the mozzarella before it even cools. The hard cheese kit, however, takes too long (for me). I like to have my cheese and eat it now. Not 6 to 9 months from now. Just my personal preference though.


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