What is Kombucha?
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Nowadays there are many new products available from all over the world. One of those products is Kombucha. A drink that is supposed to have beneficial effects on health. But what exactly is Kombucha?
Kombucha is a fermented slightly sweet and sour drink that originates from China, Russia, and Germany.
- Prepare tea, and let it cool
- Sweeten the tea by adding sugar (about 50-150g per liter)
- Add the bacterial culture (SCOBY) together with a bit of Kombucha (ready-made or from a friend). The SCOBY will ferment the sugars in 7-10 days to vinegar, alcohol and carbon dioxide.
- Once the sugars have been fermented, the SCOBY can be removed, and you can drink the beverage. This contains virtually no sugar anymore. The drink is slightly sparkling, contains 0-3% alcohol (in the store this never exceeds 0.5%), vitamins, minerals, the substances from the tea (e.g. antioxidants) and is rich in probiotic cultures.
Health Benefits of Kombucha
The possible health benefits have increased the popularity of this drink in recent years. However, few studies have researched and proven health benefits. From a historical perspective, and years of use, health benefits have been experienced. The advantages are, for example, an improvement in cholesterol levels, kidney, liver, and intestinal function and a reduced risk of diabetes. But as said, this has not been scientifically proven.
Personally, I am most convinced of the positive effect on gut health by the healthy bacteria in the drink (click here for my article on the relationship between the gut bacteria and gut health), the antioxidants that come from the tea and the acidity of the drink that can limit/prevent bacterial overgrowth in the intestine.
A Small Note of Warning
When making Kombucha essential to use a good SCOBY and to keep the whole process sterile. If not, bad bacteria can end up in your drink. The best (and easiest) way to drink Kombucha is to buy it ready-made in the (bio) store. Then you will know for sure that a good SCOBY has been used.
Have you ever made or tasted Kombucha? What did you think of it? Let me know!
Hi there, I’m Manon.
In my daily life I work as a registered dietitian in the Netherlands with a special interest in gut health.
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