Health Benefits of Kombucha
We all know how good fermented foods can be for the digestive tract, and kombucha is a flavorful and beneficial option. It’s a slightly sweet drink with a delicious tangy flavor and effervescence.
Kombucha is made with a SCOBY (also called a “mother”), and contains active cultures. SCOBY (an acronym for a Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast) creates a nutrient-rich drink that provides vitamins, minerals, acids and enzymes.
Fermentation happens when the SCOBY is fed tea and sugar (after all, who doesn’t enjoy some tea and sugar?). The brewing process can take anywhere from 5-10 days depending on the temperature of the space and the thickness and strength of the SCOBY.
Kombucha Health Properties
This detoxifying drink, rich in antioxidants, contains probiotics plus vitamins and minerals. Probiotics are “good” bacteria in your digestive tract. Some food, drinks and supplements contain probiotics that may help colonize the gut with health-boosting live microorganisms to aid with digestion and offer a layer of protection from harmful bacteria.
Those who watch their carbohydrates are in luck – there is a mere 3-5 grams of carbs per 6 ounce serving! The sugar fed to the SCOBY is consumed during fermentation, so kombucha ends up being a low-sugar drink as well.
Many also enjoy kombucha’s energizing properties. But is it keto diet friendly? The short answer is yes. We know that keto diet practitioners are very aware of the food and drink they consume. There are a couple of things to consider… Bottled or home-brewed? When buying bottled kombucha watch for added ingredients that may add sugar and carbs. If you are brewing your own, as with everything homemade, you have more control.
Make Kombucha At Home
Did you know you can make the best tasting kombucha right at home? Start with our SCOBY, select your favorite pure tea and flavor your brewed kombucha however you like. We love candied ginger, dried blueberries or mint for a refreshing and flavorful, good-for-you drink. Cheers to that!
Teas for Kombucha
Black teas tend to brew into the tastiest, bubbliest kombuchas. Pure black teas get the absolute best results, with pure green teas coming in second. Browse our selection of Straight and Pure Teas to find the best teas for your kombucha.