What is Kombucha and why is it so good for us?

Have you heard about the health drink called Kombucha and wondered why there is such a buzz about it?

Here’s 5 reasons why everyone is drinking it.

What is Kombucha?

I was kindly given a Kombucha starter culture last week. Now that I’m making my first batch of this healthy drink I’m researching what it is and how to brew it.

Kombucha is a drink containing black tea and sugar fermented with the kombucha culture.  There is little sugar remaining once fermentation is complete.

The culture is sometimes called a “scoby” (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts).

It’s lightly carbonated and tastes sweet and slightly tart, a bit like apple cider crossed with champagne.  However it only contains traces of alcohol at 0.5 percent by volume.

Its use was first recorded in China over 2000 years ago.  After World War Two its popularity grew in the West due to its health benefits.

Reasons for drinking  Kombucha

Kombucha is becoming really popular again with many varieties now available at the supermarket.

But there’s nothing quite like the taste and quality of making your own.

Here’s 5 reasons why you might like to homebrew a batch:

  1. Kombucha is a fermented drink so contains Probiotics, healthy bacteria extremely good for our gut and overall wellbeing. Recent studies have linked a healthy gut to brain health and good moods.
  2. It contains high amounts of vitamins B12 and C, along with vital enzymes.
  3. The drink is naturally lightly carbonated like softdrink, without the chemicals and sugars, and its very refreshing.
  4. Its a living drink that is completely natural and it tastes delicious.
  5. Its really easy to make at home – you get the satisfaction of making it from scratch whilst saving money on store-bought.

Kombucha can be addictive (in a good way)

I must admit I am obsessed with the stuff now that I know how incredibly healthy it is for me, and I love the taste.  I like having it as a cold drink instead of softdrink and enjoy the hands-on process of making it myself.

If you like the sound of Kombucha give it a try! If you do I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Next post I’ll take you through the easy process of making it yourself.

Have you tried Kombucha and what do you think of it?

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