What Is Kombucha (And Is It Really Good For You)? | What Is Kombucha? What Is The Nutritional Value Of Kombucha?

What Is Kombucha (And Is It Really Good For You)? | What Is Kombucha? What Is The Nutritional Value Of Kombucha?

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“Don’t forget to pack the kombucha!”

I just returned from the most beautiful road trip back home to Seattle and packed in my handy ice bag was a bottle of Ginger Fire kombucha from House Kombucha – a local friend and favorite from Oakland.

Inspired by my oldest sister Alexis, I thought I’d do a special post to answer the questions “what is kombucha?” and “is it really good for you?” Every trip back home, I bring healthy goodies and/or drag my oldest sister along to PCC, the local health food store, to stock up for my week’s visit AND share fun food finds with her. A few years ago I handed her a bottle of kombucha and she’s been addicted ever since.

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What is Kombucha?

There is a natural effervescence to the tea beverage that is full of vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial organisms.

Check out the quick vocab list at the end of the post to help you understand some of these terms.

It was born in China in 220 BC and traveled to Russia in the 70’s, eventually thriving to the health-conscious hippy communities of the 70’s.


What are the ingredients and how is it made?

The ingredients are not complicated. It’s tea, water, sugar, and SCOBY (a culture that is made from previous batches that stands for symbiotic colony ofbacteria and yeast).

5 simple steps to making this magical drink:

  1. Tea can be boiled with sugar and then cooled.
  2. Put a container in a container container.
  3. Adding a SCOBY or a fresh bottle of kombucha with live cultures will make it feel like a slimy, mucous disc.
  4. Let sit for 30 days after covering.
  5. Enjoy.

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What are the nutritional benefits?

Kombucha is a great source of healthybacteria for the body, with lots of vitamins, and it also supports a healthy immune system by helping to cleanse the body.

What does it taste like?

I loved the taste from the beginning, despite the fact that it is sour and vinegar-like. If you like the sensation of fuzzy bubbles in your stomach, this is a great alternative to soda.

Sugar? Wait…I thought I’m supposed to be avoiding that.

Yes, the formula for making kombucha requires sugar, but the sugar is needed to feed the SCOBY (bacteria) to help with the fermentation process. House Kombucha describes it best by saying kombucha “is fed, not sweetened” with sugar. After a significant amount of fermentation time, there are trace amounts of sugar left.

Does it have a beverage or a drug?

Store brands are regulated to be under the alcohol limit if it ferments for more than a few weeks. If you are making it yourself, be careful that you don’t have an accurate measurement of its alcohol content. When I drink certain brands of kombucha, I tend to get a relaxing buzz. It is not as potent as freshly brewed black tea because the fermentation process alters the caffeine molecule.

Which brands do you like the most?

I personally love House Kombucha the best. I met Rana, the founder, a few years back in her early startup phase, watched her business grow, struggle, and thrive, and have stayed connected with her as she’s gotten married, had a beautiful child, and partnered with amazing food distributors like Greenhearts Family Farm CSA and GoodEggs. I love them because:

  1. The brand uses less sugar than any other brand.
  2. They use a type of sugar that is quick to metabolize.
  3. juices and extracts are not added after the process of fermentation.
  4. It’s family run.
  5. It is local and I believe in supporting small businesses.

Where can I purchase a drink?

There are many grocery stores and corner stores where you can find kombucha. You will find bottles at both Whole Foods and your local health food store. It can be found at a mainstream market such as Safeway. If you’re shopping for kombucha, read the ingredient label and stay away from high sugar flavors.

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Helpful vocab terms

  • FERMENTATION scientifically means “the anaerobic conversion of sugar to carbon dioxide and alcohol by yeast.” To make it simple, the tea sits on the counter, grows healthy bacteria by feeding off of sugar, and develops a sour, bubbly taste.

  • EFFERVESCENCE means to emit small bubbles of gas. To make it simple, the fermentation process creates gas that feels similar to carbonated soday.

  • PROBIOTICS are live and “good for you” bacteria that help create a healthy balance of organisms in your intestines

  • ANTIOXIDANTS an organic substance that helps to counteract with damaging effects and free radicals

Bonus!

If you love kombucha, check back this summer, we’ll make it together. Oh and if you would like to cool off on a warm summer day, try making this healthy, refreshing dessert in under 3 minutes – Cool Kombucha Float.

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