JUSTIN CHOO: "Tibicos? When I was first introduced to this 'strange' spongy transparent gelatin-like substance, I was quite confused over the many names that I came across after searching the Internet.
"The more I searched, the more confused I became. Finally, I decided to stick to my favorite website, Wikipedia, which has two separate articles on this substance. One is tibicos and the other is kefir. From there I tried to form some sort of a logical conclusion.
"Asians tend to refer this substance as tibicos, more specifically as tibicos mushroom. Please bear in mind that it is definitely not the typical mushroom. Tibicos is believed to have originated from Tibet.
"Most people from the west call it kefir, and attribute its source from the Caucasian mountains, between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea.
"Both tibicos and kefir are
considered a probiotic drink containing a complex
structure of good bacteria and yeast in a matrix of
proteins, lipids and sugars."
Justin: "Below is a list of the benefits and cures of tibicos mushroom:
"(Certainly not exhaustive!)
Health Organization (WHO) defines probiotics as
“living microorganisms that provide a health benefit to the host
when ingested in adequate amounts.” More simply, probiotics
are beneficial bacteria. In fact, they are an important part of a
healthy digestive tract. Probiotics have a wide range of health
benefits including: managing weight, lowering “bad” cholesterol,
decreasing allergies, managing Type 2 diabetes, combating
anxiety and depression, and more!
|This is the
poster we created
and have hanging on our wall
after we did some research.
- St. Michael's, 2010
Tibicos grains? (water kefir)
They are not grains at all, kefir is a symbiotic
colony of beneficial bacteria and yeasts that are
held together in a polymorphic matrix.