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Location: Zuni mountains, NM
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Well, it's tough to say how much actual sugar is left, but from what I can tell, all the carb is still there.
Here's how I know. Ds has type 1 diabetes, and so is insulin dependent. We give him a certain amount of insulin for a certain amount of carbs. I was worried about figuring out how many carbs were in the water kefir, so I could figure how much insulin. Well, I decided to figure the number of carbs that went in, and start with that. And that worked fine. So I'm pretty confident in saying that none of the carbs "go away".
Now, the question that is left is whether or not the kefir grains do something to the sugars to make them act differently in your body. A woman I know, who doesn't have diabetes but is watching her blood sugar, says that she has no rise in her blood sugar when she drinks water kefir (she uses milk grains, though, don't think that matters, but...). So, there must be some change to the sugar, but I don't know what.
Not sure if this was very helpful, but there it is, our experience.
Christie ~ proud Mama to : 5/01, and : 3/07; and proud wife to my since 1992. We have 13 and 2 : It's looking more and more like either a farm or a zoo around here.