Updated: Mar 11, 2021
Kombucha is a fermented sweetened drink made from black or green tea. Various flavors are added to this drink to enhance its taste. Apart from the taste, it is believed to have numerous health benefits as well. It has been known to humankind for thousands of years but has gained huge popularity in the past few years when it was marketed as an alternative to alcoholic beverages. The drink is composed of yeast, sugar, and black tea. It is formulated by a double fermentation process for about 3-5 weeks and then kept at cold temperature to slow down the rate of fermentation. In this time there occurs the formation of acid bacteria and alcohol (small quantity).
The demand for kombucha seems to be increasing day by day and it is the fastest-growing beverage industry in today’s times. This is due to the fact that this drink does not only provide the benefits of tea and numerous flavors but also numerous health benefits.
Various good bacteria grow in this drink during the fermentation process many of which have a probiotic nature. Probiotics are very helpful for digestion and it also keeps your digestive tract healthy. It also aids in weight loss, reduction of inflammation in the gut, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, and strengthening the immune system.
Kombucha can also be brewed from green tea. Green tea is known to be one of the healthiest drinks due to its antioxidant properties. The kombucha made from green tea is believed to provide the same health benefits as reducing belly fat, weight loss, lowering cholesterol levels, and blood sugar levels. It is also believed to reduce the risk of certain types of cancers. The antioxidants in the drink are very healthy for the liver.
During the fermentation of kombucha, there is the formation of acetic acid, having strong antimicrobial properties. The best part is it acts only against the infection-causing bacteria and not against the good bacteria.
Kombucha is also believed to be healthy for the heart and lowers the bad cholesterol levels in the body which is the world’s most concerning reason for deaths.
Thus kombucha is a probiotic-rich drink with various health benefits.
It can either be brewed at home or be purchased from outside. Normally it is recommended to buy from stores from recognized brands as they have a proper formula for the preparation of this drink. Brewing at home can be unhealthy as contamination or over fermentation of the drink can result in various health-related issues. Brewing kombucha at home can also result in higher levels of alcohol content than normal.
Kombucha is famous for its natural tangy fruity flavor, but nowadays flavored drinks have gained a lot of popularity. There is a wide range of funky flavored kombucha available in the market.
A few of the well-known and enjoyed fruity flavors are Guava chili, mango, orange pina colada, Passion fruit, mixed berry, coconut, watermelon, and lime/lemon flavored kombucha. It is also in great demand in floral flavors like Jasmine, hibiscus, and rose. Other than the fruity and floral flavor they are also cola flavor, Lemon ginger, and mint lime mojito flavors.
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