We assumed Kombucha was some very obscure drink that wouldn’t taste good!
Pushing past our BVI’s and assumptions, we asked “What Else Could we Know About it?” Our pursuit of right information lead us to uncover an amazingly nutritious Elixir for the body.
Kombucha is an age-old fermented tea drink that has been around (in various forms) for centuries in many different cultures. Kombucha is a traditional fermented drink made of black tea and sugar. It contains a variety of vitamins, minerals and enzymes and has been prized by traditional cultures for its health-promoting properties.
Kombucha is fermented with a SCOBY (a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) to become a nutrient-rich beverage. The fermentation process takes 7-12 days depending on temperature and the strength of the SCOBY. The SCOBY consumes over 90% of the sugar during fermentation, resulting in a low-sugar finished product that will not cause any rise in insulin levels. This process is similar to what would happen in sourdough bread, apple cider vinegar or milk/water kefir.
What is a SCOBY: a Colony of Microbes?
The SCOBY, or Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast, is the collection of microbes responsible for turning sweet tea into a probiotic beverage. Essentially, it is a living colony of beneficial organisms that turn sugar into healthful acids and probiotics.
SCOBYs are often called “Mushrooms” and are the reason Kombucha is sometimes called “Mushroom Tea.” On a practical level, a SCOBY is an unattractive rubbery disc that covers the surface of the brewing liquid to seal it off from the air. This allows fermentation to happen in an anaerobic (air free) environment.
Is Kombucha Nutritious?
This fermented beverage is chock full of natural, beneficial probiotics. It is lower-calorie than other carbonated beverages like soft drinks, with only about 30 calories per cup (8 ounces). Kombucha is fat-free and does not contain any protein. One cup does contain about seven grams of carbohydrates and about 20% of the daily value of B-Vitamins, or more depending upon what juices or flavorings you add. Eight ounces also provides:
- Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086: 1 billion organisms
- S. Boulardii: 1 billion organisms
- EGCG 100mg
- Glucuronic Acid 10mg
- L(+) Lactic Acid 25mg
- Acetic Acid 30 mg
- Vitamin B1,B2,B3,B6,B12 20%
What Are Kombucha’s Benefits?
This ancient health tonic is attributed with several health benefits most due to its high probiotic compounds and their benefits to the body. The nutrients it contains are wonderful at supporting the body in various ways.
It is important to note that while there is an abundance of anecdotal evidence from people who drink Kombucha, the scientific studies are still in the process of being developed. BUT, in that this is a fermented drink with the same benefits of fermentation, the scientific, proven benefits of fermented foods and drinks can be found everywhere on the internet. Read “Fermented Foods Gaining Popularity as Health Benefits Become More Widely Recognized”
There are lists of benefits but the primary ways Kombucha helps the body is by supporting:
- Rich in Probiotics
- Detoxifies the Liver
- Improved Pancreas Function
- Increased Energy
- Better Digestion
- Improved Mood (helps with anxiety/depression)
- Reducing Candida (yeast)
- Helps Nutrient Assimilation
- Benefits Weight Loss
- Improves Cholesterol Levels/ Heart Disease
- Improves Diabetes / Insulin Levels
and a large multitude of other benefits which can be read in these and other articles:
How to Make It at Home
Check out our recipe for Homemade Kombucha to learn how to make this drink at home. We keep a large jar going (and growing) every week and rotate the fermenting tea on the shelf, with the 2nd fermentation bottles on the shelf and the completed fermentation bottles in the refrigerator.
Here are the supplies we use – remember that most are reusable so there is only a one time cost for a lifetime of tea.
12 oz. kombucha sealable bottles (you can also reuse your store-bought kombucha bottles until the seal in the lids gets worn off)
As scientific trials are posted we will add to the site with more evidence of the amazing benefits of this healthy drink.