Ever wonder what those health obsessed people are sipping on? What is that expensive bottle of brown stuff? Is that another soda drink? That thing is kombucha. No, kombucha is not another soda drink. Kombucha is tea. It sometimes gets called the “magic elixir of life”. Fancy!
What is that trendy “kombucha” drink?
Kombucha is fermented tea. Yes, tea! A really old tea recipe… Some people believe it came from China, but history can sometimes be blurry especially when the recipe is over 2 000 years old. Kombucha became more popular in Europe, America and Australia in the 1990s when it got rediscovered as a sparkling “miracle” drink. As a result of fermentation from a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY), it is believed to have many benefits :
- improve the digestion
- boost the immune system
- cleanse and detoxify the body
- help with weight loss
- reduce joint pain
- prevent cancer
Fermented what? Eww…
Almost everything can be fermented. It is the same for tea. The notion of fermentation is not that strange. Fermenting food is not just for hippies and weirdos. Everybody have fermented food in their kitchen. It is not that rare. Here are some “normal” and common foods resulting from fermentation :
- sour cream
- soy sauce
- artisan bread
- traditional ketchup
Fermentation, not that scary after all, is it?
Why do people fear kombucha so much?
Once upon a time, there were stories on the internet that claimed kombucha was related to death cases. Those urban legends started that unfounded fear of kombucha. Fictional stories that would be called “fake news” today. That fear is nothing more than paranoia and mainly fear of the unknown… Like any “exotic” food, there are possible allergic reactions. Kombucha is nothing more than tea… Not threatening. There are foods in this world proven to be much more dangerous and harmful.
What does kombucha taste like?
Kombucha is fermented tea. The kombucha purchased in stores is sparkling and sweet. Does it mean that kombucha tastes like sparking sweet tea? Not really. Kombucha tastes like any other juice with a faint sourness. It is refreshing and sweet. It does not taste like medicine nor vinegar. At $5 a bottle, it is a discovery worth making!
People like drinking kombucha for three possible reasons :
- they want a nutritious drink to help them feel healthier or/and
- they want something sweet, refreshing and fizzy without the crazy amount of sugar and chemicals found in soda drinks or/and
- they are hipsters.
Is it like drinking any other soda drinks?
No. Drinking kombucha is better than drinking any other soda drinks. The reason is simple : kombucha does not have the insane amount of sugar that most soda drinks have. The sugar used in making the kombucha has been mostly digested during fermentation by friendly bacterias. Fermentation is a process in which the sugar gets converted to acids, gases, or alcohol. At the end of the first process of fermentation, the kombucha tea has around 2 grams of sugar per cup (8 ounce or 236 ml). Fizzy kombucha goes through a second fermentation process. Homebrewed kombucha has less sugar than commercial kombucha.
When drinking an average can of soda drink (12 ounces or 355 ml, if not more…), a person will consume over 40 grams of sugar. A cube of sugar weights around 4 grams : a can of soda contains at least 10 cubes of sugar. That is a ridiculous amount of sugar! We know really well the problems related to consuming an unreasonable amount of sugar daily. Here are the most obvious consequences :
- weight gain
- tooth decay (cavities)
- no essential nutrients
- liver and overall health problems
- sugar addiction… and a never-ending cycle of problems
“A cube of sugar is around 4 grams. A can of soda has 10 cubes of sugar!”
It is also important to mention that soda drinks contain phosphoric acid. Phosphoric acid is a food additive found in most popular soda drinks. Phosphoric acid is also used in rust removal. Yes, rust removal! Can people finally understand how harmful soda drinks are? Phosphoric acid is a corrosive acid awful for our body : kidney, bones and teeth. Kombucha has no phosphoric acid unlike soda drinks.
The choice is obvious between kombucha and a soda drink. They are both refreshing and fizzy, but only one has the health benefits while the other ruins our health and our gym workout. A new consumer should not be influenced by internet trolls. Kombucha is not dangerous. If discovering a new drink is a pleasant thing, kombucha is a must-try. Team #KOMBUCHA!