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  • noun The clear or pale yellow polysaccharide gel exuded by dairy kefir or water kefir grains.


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  • Kefir grains contain a water soluble polysaccharide known as kefiran that imparts a rope-like texture and feeling in one's mouth.

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  • The kefiran in kefir has been shown to suppress an increase in blood pressure and reduce serum cholesterol levels in rats.

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  • Milk sugar is, however, not essential for the synthesis of the polysaccharide that makes up the grains (kefiran), and scientific studies have demonstrated that rice hydrolysate is a suitable alternative medium.

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