Updated: Mar 17, 2022
I personally enjoy drinking kombucha! It contains beneficial bacteria, yeast, organic acids, vitamins and polyphenols. Although this drink is a type of carbonated tea that has been consumed around the world for thousands of years, it seems to have made quite a comeback lately and people are promoting it as the next big miracle cure for everything from gut health to mental health. Is there any proof to the hype? Is kombucha a magic probiotic potion that will be your fountain of youth? What about reports of liver toxicity and of this tea turning your blood to acid? There have been case reports of deaths linked to kombucha consumption. Let’s review what kombucha is, what it contains, and how it affects your body. Also, read to the end if you'd like to enter a draw to win free goodies from 2 local companies that have generously gifted us some free prizes just in time for Christmas!
What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is made my combining tea, sugar (sometimes in the form of fruit) and micro-organisms that ferment the sugars to produce beneficial nutrients and chemical compounds. The micro-organisms are called a SCOBY, which means “symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast”. Some people refer to it as mushroom tea, but there are no mushrooms in it. The SCOBY will start fermenting the sugars, in much the same way as brewer’s yeast ferment grains in beer. Other fermented foods include sauerkraut and kimchi just to name a few. This tea, dubbed the “tea of immortality”, has been around for thousands of years. Reported to have started in China, it has now spread to the Americas and is now in the firm grasp of huge food and beverage corporations. It has grown into an almost 500 million dollar industry in the USA over the last 7 years. Is this a clever marketing scam, or are there actual health benefits to consuming kombucha?