The Deal With Kombucha

The Deal With Kombucha

It seems like there is always a new trend coming or going, whether it is fashion or food. You see it all over social media. Charcoal ice cream. Every flavor of smoothie bowls. Recently I found out about a new trend: Kombucha. I did not even know this drink existed until a few months ago, a friend in a class started something she called “Kombucha Tuesdays”. True to the name, every Tuesday she had this drink. For those who have never heard of this, don’t worry you probably aren’t alone. This strange concoction is a fermented tea that tastes kind of like fruity vinegar. However, Kombucha followers insist that this drink is up to its cap in healthy benefits that compensate for the taste (which apparently you get used to).

This drink is in no way new, actually, it is over 2000 years old and assumed to have originated in East Asia. The “Tea of Immortality” was first recorded in China. After it spread to Europe, this drink was used to treat cancer, high blood pressure, and diabetes, among other things. It went out of style after World War Two but some doctors kept bringing it back.

The process of making Kombucha is sort of….disturbing. If you are blissfully unaware of the process and love to drink Kombucha, you may want to skip this paragraph. There is a culture “pancake” called a Scoby (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts) which is placed in sweetened black or green tea. The scoby then cultivates the tea into a drink which is full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. After two weeks, there is a probiotic drink containing live bacteria that helps your gut!

Health benefits of Kombucha vary and can be similar to yogurt or other fermented food. It contains polyphenols, which help inflammation. This drink also contains organic acids ( acetic, glucuronic and D-Saccharic acids) which combat bacterial growth and help detoxify the liver. Some studies even suggest that Kombucha helps lower cholesterol and blood sugar, fighting cancer, and improve gut function. However, you can have too much of a good thing. So try and limit yourself to the serving size on the bottle (which is usually 2 servings per bottle).

I have only seen Kombucha in the store as a liquid in a bottle, but it does come in a pure supplement form. Kombucha in liquid (non-supplement) form tends to be around $2.50 to $3.00 each, with the exception of buying in bulk form on Amazon where Wonder Drink Kombucha is priced at around 1.50 each as an example. Usually, the drink, in grocery stores, is found in the refrigerated section, for me, it is always by all the healthy juices. Now say you already love Kombucha and you are ready to get some hands-on experience making it yourself. On Amazon, they sell a Kombucha Brewing Kit that allows you to make your own. It is actually cheaper in the long run to do this as well!

Kombucha is a complicated drink and it does take a few times to get acquired to the taste, but it seems to be a trend that is chalked full of yummy, healthy benefits. Next time you see it at Target, Meijer, or your local grocery store, pick out a flavor and try it! Your gut might just thank you! Happy Drinking!

-Danielle

Know something about this topic that I didn’t state? Drop me a comment and let me know

References:
“The Kombucha Culture.” What Is Kombucha?, www.seedsofhealth.co.uk/fermenting/kombucha.shtml.

“What Are Kombucha’s Health Benefits (and How Much Can You Safely Drink)?” Health Essentials from Cleveland Clinic, Health Essentials from Cleveland Clinic, 16 July 2018, health.clevelandclinic.org/what-are-kombuchas-health-benefits-and-how-much-can-you-safely-drink/.

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