I was one of a dozen people who were undoubtedly screaming in their own heads as we waited for her to stop scrolling through Instagram long enough to pay for her groceries. She finally noticed that the cashier was waving his hands at her and pulled out a credit card. "Sorry," she said loudly, "But don't even talk to me until I've had my 'booch."
First, yes, she is the worst, and I sincerely hoped that she'd shatter her iPhone in the parking lot. Next, the booch she referred to is kombucha, the fermented tea that three of your friends have been drinking while you read this paragraph.
If you're drinking kombucha for your health, know this: Whatever miracle benefits you've heard about most likely came from a study in animals — if there was a study done at all.
A 2019 report analyzed 310 studies about kombucha and found that only one had actually examined the effects of kombucha in human subjects. The rest were either conducted in animals or in vitro — outside a living organism usually in cells or cultures in a test tube or petri dish.
Most people experience great benefits drinking kombucha and have no negative side effects. However, there are possible interactions and side effect symptoms to be aware of, mostly in populations that already have weakened immune systems and digestive problems.
Regulator says the bubbly drink violates U.S. limits on alcohol content.
“There’s a seismic change happening in the beverage world, and companies like Coke and Pepsi are having a very hard time adjusting,” he told me. “Lots of people want healthier drinks, and there are more and more companies offering them.
The ethanol in kombucha has some regulators concerned about the popular microbial drink.
Kombucha appeals to me because it is much faster and easier to make than funky beers, in addition it has almost no sugar and less than .5% abv, so I can feel good drinking it whenever I want.
So how did this ancient Chinese beverage that is brewed with an unappetizing yeast disc become an artisanal beverage and an influential part of PepsiCo's brand portfolio in 2016?
With so many “functional” beverages out there today, one should wonder if they provide actual health benefits or are just good tasting and look cool. When it comes to fermented beverages like kombucha and kefirs, the good news is that many of them actually live up to their popularity and hype.
That buzz? It’s just the residual booze.
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As a health reporter, I've managed to find a place as something of a medical authority among my friends. (What can I say? In the land of English majors, the one-eyed man is king). I'm not a doctor, but it is my job to review medical information and check claims with leading researchers. So when friends ask me if kombucha is really good for you, I say with great confidence: I have no idea.
The flavored versions are unappealing and sometimes seems as if they’re trying to cover something up. So it’s amazing that I ever found out that homemade kombucha was my McDreamy of beverages.
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You might pick up a bottle when stopping in at Whole Foods, you might really love the slight effervescence and its sweet-tart flavor reminiscent of a green apple, but do you know what kombucha actually is? Considering the fact that kombucha has reached multi-million dollar industry level, it’s high time we all get to the bottom of what this drink is made of.
First of all, what is it? Kombucha is a fermented tea. It is made by preparing black or green tea, sweetening it and then adding microbes. These microbes come in the form of a SCOBY, which stands for Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast. Also more scientifically called a pellicle or more informally called a mother (lending itself to countless puns). It is a sort of gooey mixture of microbes in a cellulose network, it looks a bit foul. And, as you can imagine, there’s a whole lot of science mixed in there too!
I didn't find a lot online but a few things I had read really resonated with me. Because kombucha is a fermented beverage it contains bacteria. This is a good thing as many of us have an imbalance of bacteria in our guts. Probiotics are very important and eating probiotic rich food is crucial for optimal health. With that being said, too much of the one kind of bacteria or yeast can be problematic. Because kombucha is fermented with yeast, it can potentially cause excess candida to grow in the body.
There continues to be quite a buzz about the benefits of kombucha these days. While we agree that re-establishing a healthy gut flora is foundational for creating greater health, we believe that taking consideration of what form that microbial inoculation comes in would be wise.
So if you want the benefits of probiotics, it might be just as effective to eat some yogurt or take a concentrated probiotic supplement — but it's OK if you want to wash it down with kombucha too. "I would say that it's probably not going to change your life for the better if you drink it," Langer said. "I mean, if you like it, then continue to consume it. Just make sure you choose a low-sugar type, and be realistic with your expectations about how it's going to affect your health."
Kombucha is a fizzy bottled drink you see at the health food store and have heard so much about. Heard so much about. But do you know what it actually is?
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