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What is kombucha?

Kombucha is a tea-based probiotic drink, made of fermented sweet tea with a culture of yeast and bacteria. It has a distinctive taste: sweet and tart, fizzy, smooth and sour, and has a diverse flavoring profile: fruity, floral, herbal & spice, savory, super foods (beets, jalapeño, cayenne,…etc) or even medicinal (ginger, black pepper, licorice, turmeric….etc.)

 

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are naturally found in our body, also in foods and supplements. It’s live bacteria and yeast that are good for your health, especially the digestive system. Kombucha is rich in probiotics and actively balance and strengthen our immune system and improve gut health

 

What are the benefits?

Kombucha is full of beneficial enzymes and antioxidants

  • Detoxifying

  • Boost metabolism and energy

  • It has nutrition perks: rich in B-vitamins and folic acid for helping the body produce and maintain new cells

  • A refreshing & healthy alternative to soda

  • Low in calories

  • Improves the efficiency of the digestive system

  • … and much more

 

How is kombucha made?

Kombucha is made of tea, sugar, and yeast. The initial fermentation brings the carbonation driven by a small disc like culture that is added to the tea, called a “SCOBY” (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) or the “mother” (as it will grow a new layer after every fermentation). The second fermentation is used for flavoring in all sorts of fruits, herbs spices, flower and vegetables to create different notes of tasting. It’s very similar to craft beer – just without much alcohol. It is considered raw food

 

What is the alcoholic content?

There is little chance you will even get a buzz. But kombucha does have a small trace amount of alcohol. The alcohol content is usually less than 0.5%

 

How many calories in kombucha?

For a 16oz serving, it could range anywhere between 30-50 calories

 

How much sugar in kombucha?

For an 8oz serving, it’s about 2-6 grams of sugar for unflavored kombucha. The sugar in kombucha is for the culture to consume, not for the drinker

 

What is the caffeine content?

Like many types of tea, kombucha contains some caffeine, though the amount tends to be pretty low – anywhere from 2-25 mg – far less than coffee (95mg) and even less than most caffeinated teas. Caffeine is present in kombucha but in lower quantities than other teas. Most of it (up to 80%) will be released within first fermentation

 

How much kombucha should I drink per day?

Moderation is the key, especially if you are new to drinking kombucha. It could take time to adjust, depending on the bacteria currently residing in your tummy. It’s recommended to start with small doses (e.g. 4-5 oz.) Once you experience no side effects, you can drink as much as you like, up to 16oz per day is good