I tried Kefir for the first time a few days ago, doing a fermentation workshop. I'm planning on making my own kefir (I was able to get a kefir grain at the workshop) however I'm going to try it with coconut milk instead of cow's milk.
I'm not great with lactose as my system tends to go into meltdown and was reluctant to try the kefir at the workshop however, nothing came to pass at the experience of drinking it. My understanding is the bacteria and yeast feed off the lactose making it amenable to drink for lactose intolerant people. The kefir I am intending on making will be using coconut milk however.
That's awesome - I would very much like to learn to make my own as well, so I need to look into getting the grains and get started. I have also read that the lactose is mostly removed in the fermenting process and is good for lactose intolerance, and am glad to hear that it seems to be accurate!
Yes I imagine the fermentation process is similar to cheese and yogurt making - the bacteria needed to make those partially digests the lactose, making them easier to tolerate. However, it's not just the lactose that upsets me and even yogurt and cheese upset my insides, so I think I'll still steer clear of milk kefir! Would be interested to hear how you get on with coconut milk though :)
I learned about kefir about 2 years ago. I have a history of digestive health issues and it was suggested that I take probiotics. I would rather get my nutrition from food over pill supplements when I can, so when I learned about kefir I was very interested to try it. I always get the unsweetened kefir and add it to my morning smoothies. I would say it has helped my digestive issues - along with the many changes in my diet I have made over the past 6 years. I would like to learn to make my own. I understand that it is not very difficult, so I need to get on that!
I have also read that the fermenting process of the milk kefir takes out most of the lactose in the milk and this is supposed to be good for lactose intolerant people. I also have only recently heard of water kefir with no lactose at all!