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This is a topic our readers ALWAYS ask me about. Today I want to discuss the truth about kombucha, is it good for you, and how find the right kind.
Last month, we cleared up the confusion on coffee for your health. Now, to help you understand Kombucha, another favorite of mine.
So, here is the truth about kombucha.
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What Exactly Is Kombucha?
Simply, kombucha is fermented tea.
Chemically, there are many things going on behind the scenes in a cup of kombucha. Especially in the brewing process.
Making kombucha starts with brewed tea. This tea can either be black or green tea, but it must be tea from the tea plant. Not herbal tea.
Once the tea is brewed and infused into the boiling water, sugar is added. The key to fermentation is sugar. Kombucha can’t be made with fake sugars, it must be regular sugar to achieve fermentation.
The tea and sugar mixture is allowed to cool before adding in acetic acid (vinegar). Along with sugar, acetic acid is key to creating fermentation.
The last part of kombucha brewing is adding in cultures to feed the sugar. This is in the form of a SCOBY or a “Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast.”
After the fermentation process completes, your end product is kombucha.
The reason kombucha is good for you is is the fermented aspect. Fermented foods made with active cultures have probiotics and beneficial bacteria for your gut health.
Here are some more benefits of Kombucha:
This is the number one reason I enjoy kombucha. It is a great energy boost without needing caffeine. Store-bought kombucha is carbonated so you get the added fizz usually found in soft drinks. It is the perfect pick me up.
Probiotics are so important for digestion. When I drink Kombucha, it helps regulate and helps with stomach aches. Especially if you drink a kombucha infused with ginger which is my favorite.
Yep! This is another reason I love kombucha. It is soothing to joints and can actually help joint health. The reason for this is kombucha contains the building blocks for things like glucosamine and hyaluronic acid. Some articles I have read say that kombucha actually contains both of these, however, there is no scientific research actually showing this. It does show that kombucha contains substances which aid in the development of both these compounds in the body along with collagen support. It helps my rheumatoid arthritis feel better when I drink it often. So, I love it for that!
Due to the anti-microbial activity of the acetic acid, kombucha is great for detoxing.
More than anything, I love Kombucha for energy during the day as well as soothing my body. I just feel good after drinking it!
The Truth About Kombucha: Caution
Many people think that since kombucha is healthy, they can drink it all the time or all day. This is not a good idea! Too much probiotic consumption can have the reserve effect. Also, consuming fermented foods in high doses can create too much yeast in your body which leads to other issues.
Another thing to remember, kombucha does have sugar! You don’t want to drink a ton of sugar all day, so keep it at a glass a day. I usually have it about once a week. Typically, on a long Monday afternoon when I feel like I need a little flavor boost.
I also LOVE having it with popcorn. Instead of having a coke with popcorn, I will grab a kombucha. It is such a great snack!
How to Buy It
I have made kombucha before using a dehydrated SCOBY and culture kit. It takes a while to get things going because first you must get the SCOBY hydrated and get your starter batch, then you can start brewing the following month. It takes a few months to get the batch the flavor you want.
You can also buy an already hydrated SCOBY, like here, but you still need part of the previous batch to add to your new batch. So, you must go through the process of making your first starter batch.
Since I don’t drink Kombucha all the time, I prefer to buy it (I currently have way too many things being concocted in my kitchen lol). I also prefer it carbonated and enjoy trying different flavors. If you drink Kombucha all the time, it is definitely worth an investment to get a great starter kit.
The important thing to look out for is the sugar content! Remember this post we did on added sugar vs natural sugar? Kombucha is made with added sugars, some brands use way more than others.
My favorite brand is GT’s. I love the gingerade because it has a delicious flavor, but check out the sugar. This is a low number which is what you want.
I went to try another brand at the store last week, it had 12 GRAMS of sugar per serving.
Also make sure the ingredients list kombucha tea with probiotics and natural flavors. Some cheap kombucha brands will contain added artificial flavors.
If you try kombucha, let me know on social media! Or tag me in a pictures to let me know how you like!!