Oftentimes, you look for something that’s both tasty and refreshing to the palate as an alternative for drinking water when you are thirsty.
Fortunately, there’s a unique trend that’s hitting the market these days: the emergence of unconventional beverages that promote more than just thirst-quenching action to its consumers.
Here are a few things you need to know before you take that first sip:
It makes use of a scoby
And despite its unusual appearance, the scoby is actually responsible for what makes each kombucha brew so appealing to consumers. This is because the scoby mixture is added to the sweetened tea to facilitate the fermentation process.
Through its yeast content, the scoby aids in converting most of the sugar content of the tea into a food source for the live bacterial colony and turning it into the fizzy drink with rich probiotic properties.
It is considered to be a healthy drink
Aside from improved digestion, it has also been reported to have anti-inflammatory as well as immune-boosting properties. Many attribute these claims to the presence of acetic acid (which lowers the product’s pH) and gluconic acid (which has antioxidant properties) as by-products of the kombucha fermentation process. It even contains water-soluble vitamins like vitamin B1, B6, and B12.
And because it is made from green tea, it is also a good source of green tea’s health-promoting benefits. Now, if you’re a green tea drinker, then you know there’d be quite a few. Some of these health benefits include antioxidant properties which protect your cells from the damaging effects of oxidation. In the same manner, kombucha’s green tea content can also help improve and lower your cholesterol levels, aid in maintaining your blood sugar levels and even promote weight loss and reduced belly fat.
As for kombucha, each brew undergoes weeks of fermentation process made possible by a colony of microscopic organisms like bacteria and yeast. This mixed culture (known as the scoby), along with its green tea content, is responsible for that unique taste, probiotic population, as well as the immune-boosting, antibiotic, and antioxidant property that is characteristic of the ancient kombucha brew.