Kombucha is a hugely popular fermented tea drink. While it’s getting a boost in popularity currently, kombucha has been around for a couple thousand years and was first enjoyed in China. It’s made from either green or black tea with added fermenting culture (called “scoby” which stands for “symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast”) and sugar to feed the fermentation. The taste can vary but most varieties can be described as tart, fruity, vinegary, and sometimes sweet/sour with an effervescent sparkle that makes it refreshing.
Now that we know what it is, why drink it? There are few studies that have been done on humans, but animal studies show many promising effects and kombucha’s fans will attest to them.
Here are some benefits of kombucha:
• Probiotics for gut health
• Contains the benefits of green tea such as boosting metabolism, improving cholesterol levels, and controlling blood sugar
• Provides antioxidants
• Antimicrobial properties similar to antibiotics