After examining him, the doctor prescribed him a drink that a samurai had made him try. Was a special tea prepared and extracted from a kind of mushroom which they drank before the battle to obtain greater energy.
In our time it had a golden first step when it caused a stir among California surfers in the Santa Monica of the 80s and, definitely, today it has found a niche in restaurants with healthier menus, where sugary soft drinks are left behind. Balanced diet.
What is kombucha?
If you haven’t tried it, we will tell you that kombucha, in the mouth, is very similar to a Cider. Have sour and sweet tasteeven though does not contain sugar and is characterized by bubbles, rather needle-like, similar to those of wines crimp, making it the perfect healthy substitute for regular soft drinks. These, along with lots of sugar and, in the best – or worst – case, huge amounts of sweeteners that destroy the gut microbiota, provide absolutely no nutritional benefit. Kombucha, yes.
Even if it does not work miracles, it must also be said, as much as the departments of marketing of those who make and sell it.
Benefits of Drinking Kombucha
Its advocates, including many nutritionists, see it as the best option for drinking in free time, completely natural and with certain benefits for the stomach and intestine. These benefits come from the way its crafting process is.
Kombucha is the result of ferment green tea with something called scobie (symbiosis of bacteria and yeasts whose name is the acronym in English of Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast), water and cane sugar. Although you see the named sugar here, it is important to know that almost all of it is ingested by the bacteria to do their fermentation work and does not remain in the final drink.
The good thing about kombucha is that while these ingredients can make for a pungent (probably gross) tasting drink, they can be added flavors and aromas through roots such as ginger, fruits of all kinds, herbs such as mint or spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, among others, resulting in a collection of very pleasant and sweet flavors –although not cloying– which, very cold, are tasty.
Properties of kombucha
Kombucha is a carbonated drink capable of providing beneficial properties to the body, above all, probiotic virtues.Probiotics are highly concentrated in fermented foods (capable of nourishing and maintaining a balanced intestinal flora) such as yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, pickles… and kombucha tea, whose microorganisms at the origin bubbles help relieve digestive pathologies such as gastritis, irritable bowel, early recovery from celiac disease and other conditions in which transit suffers.
Of course, there are probiotics in most plant foods, so we don’t need to leave kombucha to balance our microbiota. If we do not abuse sugar, alcohol and ultra-processed foods and we have a diet rich in foods of plant origin, our microbiota will remain healthy and balanced (unless there is a pathology, which is not going to be cured by drinking kombucha).
Those who market this fashionable soft drink assure that with its usual consumption (which obviously displaces the consumption of drinks that deteriorate the flora, that is, all sweet, sugary and alcoholic drinks), they find that their digestion improves, that transit is regulated, that they feel with more energy and less bloating.
5 keys to a quality kombucha
1. Your Ingredients must be reduced to water, green tea, cane sugar, fruits, vegetables and roots. Nothing more.
2. The labeling must refer to the traditional method of fermentation by scobie. It is only by respecting this 100% that we manage to make the initially added sugar almost disappear.
3. which is not pasteurizedsomething that you will detect because it will not need a refrigerator for its conservation and transport (that does not mean that those in the supermarket refrigerator are bad, look at their labels).
Four. Better if not filtered for it will then be a living drink which will retain the probiotic properties intact.
5. Let it come packed in glass. If the beverage contains organic acids, it can only enter inside an inert material that does not transfer particles to the contents.
Make sure you are buying the right one.
kombucha may contain alcoholeven if it is little.
Pregnant women, children and people taking incompatible medications they shouldn’t drink it because it’s not considered 0.0%.
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