Fizzy, sweet & sour

healthadekombuchaHave you tried kombucha yet? It’s fizzy, sweet and sour. I love it, and it’s grown super popular over the last few years.

What exactly is kombucha? Basically, it’s fermented tea. You make it by using tea, water, sugar and something called a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast). The SCOBY eats the sugar and activates the fermentation process. Thus, a fully fermented kombucha should not have high levels of sugar.

Because it is a fermented beverages, there are some health benefits to drinking kombucha. Kombucha has been used for thousands of years to help aid digestion and boost immunity. It’s full of probiotics, which as we learned last week, restore a healthy balance to your gut.

These days, you can find kombucha in almost all grocery stores. There is a huge variety available now. You’ll want to look for a brand that is Certified Organic, non-GMO, raw and has no added sugars.

Recently, I was introduced to the Health-Ade brand of kombucha, and it’s now of one my favorites. Their pomegranate flavor is my absolute favorite, and they just introduced a line of kombucha “Super-Teas” that contain superfoods like spirulina, maca root and mangosteen. I also like that they brew their kombucha in small batches, they only use fresh organic cold-pressed juices and they don’t add any extra sugar or chemicals. You can find it in most Whole Foods grocers in the west US.

If you are already a kombucha drinker what is your favorite kind? Have you ever tried to brew you’re own kombucha?

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