What the Heck is Kombucha?

For as big of a foodie as I am, it may come as a surprise that Kombucha is fairly new to me. I had never even heard the word until about a year ago when I discovered the ever popular “booch” craze through Instagram and some of my favorite foodie inspo pages (@ShutTheKaleUp – go follow her!). I decided to start trying it and I will be brutally honest, at first, I hated everything about it.  I just didn’t get it. I knew all the health benefits, and I wanted to love it so bad, but I just couldn’t choke it down.

However, here we are a couple months later, and after trial-and-erroring my way through some flavors I would not highly recommend, I discovered a Kombucha gold mine. Needless to say, this trendy little drink has been a weekly staple for me ever since. That being said, for those of you who don’t know much about it, Kombucha is definitely a trend that’s here to stay, so I wanted to talk more about what it is, why it’s so popular, and why you should start drinking it too!

What is it?

Kombucha is a fermented drink made with black tea and sugar. It’s sweetened and fermented with bacteria and yeast to make it a more nutrient dense beverage. The combination of bacteria and yeast consumes the majority of the sugar content during the fermentation process, turning the sugar into healthful acids, enzymes, b-vitamins, and probiotics. This process also leaves the Kombucha with a fairly low sugar content.

Kombucha is low in calories compared to many other carbonated drinks, with around 30 calories per cup. It also has no fat or protein, but contains around 8 grams of carbs per cup.

What are the benefits?

Kombucha has quickly become the latest go-to drink in the health industry and there are plenty of reasons for it’s increase in popularity in recent years, here are just a few:

  • boosts energy with enzymes and b-vitmains
  • helps with liver detoxification with probiotics
  • helps improve digestion with probiotics
  • improves joint health with glucosamine
  • increases immune support with antioxidants
  • fights cancer with glucaric acid

What does it taste like?

Kombucha is typically pretty tangy and can be a little sour depending on the flavor you get – hence why I was not a fan when I first started trying some of the different flavors. In addition to the tangy-ness, it’s both acidic and carbonated.

Which ones do I buy?

After trying what seems like every single brand on the market, I have finally narrowed my favorite Kombucha brands/flavors down to a short list that I buy pretty often. I love the “Healthade” kombucha, which can be found at a variety of health food stores. I love the pink lady apple, holiday cheers, california grape, and the blood orange flavors the best! I also like “Kevita” kombucha, which can be found almost anywhere. I love both the the citrus and dragonfruit lemongrass flavors.

Hopefully that helps explain a little bit about this trendy little drink and why the heck everyone’s been drinking it lately. If you see it while you’re out and about, I would definitely recommend trying it. And if you try one and you’re not immediately sold, remember you’re not alone! Keep trying it until you land on one you love, the benefits are totally worth it.

Let me know if you try it and what you think! Happy boochin’ & happy Monday!

XO, A

 

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