Kombucha is a fermented tea beverage that has a mild sparkling taste.
This cold tea is made with a cluster of bacteria and yeast that feed on sugar. Scared yet?
Don’t be! It seems like a science project beverage, but it boasts plenty of health benefits. When the bacteria and yeast ferment, healthy chemicals and vitamins are produced.
Kombucha Tea Health Claims
- Improved immune system: Contains probiotics which can help to improve the healthy bacteria in the gut.
- Antibacterial properties: Kombucha is acidic, contains vinegar, and small amounts of alcohol that can help to destroy unhealthy bacteria.
- Helps in cancer prevention
- Improved liver detoxification
Buyer Beware: Dried teas and kombucha extracts do not offer the same health benefits since they contain no active cultures.
As kombucha is becoming a more popular beverage, more research is needed to understand possible health benefits.
A Word of Caution
Some kombucha is not processed in sterile conditions and can be contaminated during the fermenting process. Make sure to buy from a reputable company.
Some may not digest kombucha well. If you have any metabolic conditions like metabolic acidosis or do not tolerate acidic foods, it is not advisable to drink.
If you try kombucha and feel digestive discomfort or experience any other new symptoms, check with your doctor and discontinue use.
Some contains significant, yet small amounts of alcohol: 0.5%-1.5%.
Just like other tea, kombucha contains caffeine.
Brand to Buy
My favorite kombucha is GT Synergy. It contains only 4 grams of sugar and about 60 calories per bottle. You can find this brand at Whole Foods, Fresh Market, and other natural food stores.
When you pick up a bottle you can see the yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Don’t worry, it doesn’t bite. The smell of the drink is a slightly strange, but the taste is very refreshing.
Do you drink kombucha?