Kombucha is a type of fermented, slightly alcoholic, effervescent and sweetened herbal tea drink that is believed to have a number of health benefits.
Having its origins in Manchuria, China, Kombucha is usually considered a tea beverage – especially to distinguish it from the culture of bacteria and yeast. Strangely enough, the etymology of the word actually comes from Japanese – meaning “kelp tea,” which bears no relation to the actual components of true Kombucha.
Kombucha is highly diverse and can include a host of different ingredients – ranging from juices, spices, fruit and other flavorings to boost the taste/increase the variation of the beverage.
Today, apart from being drank as a traditional beverage in China, Russia and Eastern Europe, it is also commercially produced by many small and large companies and also made in many homes.
Essentially, kombucha is created by fermenting sugary tea with SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast). SCOBY helps to convert the sugar into more culture. The caffeine from the tea element speeds up this process greatly so that beneficial bacteria are produced giving it it’s fermented flavor profile and slightly acidic profile. Interestingly, SCOBY’s are also known lovingly as “mothers” to enthusiasts.
Kombuchas are known for their various health benefits. Some of them including improving the gut lining and cleaning it of harmful bacteria. They also help to regulate the pH in our bodies linking to stress and depression. Studies have also been conducted to examine the link of kombuchas capability to kill carcinogens in the bloods stream.
Whether you are drinking Kombucha for its claimed health benefits, its sweet and unique taste (which can always be modified and enhanced) or simply out of recreation and hobby, it is always a good idea to get a good grounding of what exactly Kombucha is before diving head first into its splendor.
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