You might have seen or heard of the beverage called kombucha in your local supermarkets or Whole Foods refrigerated area and wondered what in the world is this mad science project of a drink? Is it a giant waste of my money? What if it doesn’t taste good? I was skeptical of it at first, but knowing the ins and outs of kombucha encouraged me to try, and love them.
What is this stuff?
It is a fermented tea using black or green teas, lightly carbonated like a mineral water would be. It is fermented using a good bacteria/yeast known as SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). When the SCOBY is fermented the sugars from that become healthy acids and probiotics.
Is it actually good for me?
While there are several claims out there that it is a cure all there isn’t proper evidence to show that. What there is though is that it might help with helping the body with functions in the: liver, pancreas, increase energy, better digestion, improve mood and even might aid in weight loss.
Where can I buy kombucha?
Kombucha can be found in just about every grocery store today but they do make “make a home” kits. While it might be super #trendy to make your own kombucha, there are precautions you should take if you choose to do so in regards to the SCOBY bacteria.
So which brand should I buy?
Lucky for me there is a local kombucha brewer that supplies our Whole Foods: Big Easy Bucha. There are also several brands out there that I would recommend:
- Reed’s Culture Club Kombucha
- Clearly Kombucha
- Kosmick Kombucha
- Buy local if possible. Supporting small businesses is always encouraged!
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