TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Fermented milk that is processed into kefir and yogurt is often considered the same. In fact, the two fermented milk products are different. The differences between kefir and yogurt, especially those that are easy to observe regarding texture. Yogurt has a thicker texture than kefir. However, the milk globules in kefir are softer.
The taste of kefir and yogurt is also slightly different. The difference is, because kefir contains yeast which produces alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO).2), so the product produces a hissing sound.
Citing the page of the Knowledge and Information Channel, Faculty of Agricultural Technology, Gadjah Mada University, the difference between kefir and yogurt is related to the number and types of microbes. Fresh milk kefir was added with grains consisting of lactic acid bacteria and yeast. As for yogurt, only a collection of several types of bacterial cells is added. This makes the microbes contained in kefir more diverse, namely: Lactobacillus acidophillus, Streptococcus sp, Lactobacillus kefiri, Lactobacillus kefirgranum, Lactobacillus fructivorans, Lactococci dan Bulgaricus.
Different types of bacteria will affect the benefits of fermented milk products. Yogurt contains bacteria that can keep the digestive system clean. While kefir will directly clean the intestinal tract.
Researcher from the Center for the Study of Biotechnology, Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology, Ingrid S. Waspodo explained that kefir contains essential minerals and amino acids that function as building blocks, maintaining and repairing damaged cells. The content of yeast contained such as Saccharomyces kefir able to control and eliminate pathogenic yeast that damage the body.
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