In recent years, kombucha has gained popularity all over the world. It is marketed as a healthy beverage that provides several health benefits such as improved gut health and more. While there may be limited research to back all the benefits, it’s certainly a healthier fizzy drink alternative. So, what exactly is kombucha and some of the kombucha benefits that go with it? Let’s find out!
What is kombucha?
Kombucha is a fermented beverage that is believed to have originated in China some 2000 years ago. It is a non-alcoholic drink made with green or black tea (or both), and a culture called a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) which contains a host of probiotics. During this process, bacteria and yeast form a mushroom-like film on the surface of the liquid. This is why kombucha is also known as “mushroom tea.”
The tea is left to ferment during which the yeast breaks down the sugar into carbon dioxide and ethanol. The bacteria then use this carbon dioxide and ethanol to transform the tea into kombucha. After weeks of fermentation, the resulting uniquely sweet-tart brew is then blended with artisanal herbs and flavours to create variants such as ginger, lemon lavender, guava chilli and mango among others.
Kombucha benefits: what are they?
Here are some reasons to try this increasingly popular fermented beverage:
- Contains minimal amounts of sugar, making it a great substitute for sugary fizzy drinks, juices, or caffeine loaded coffee!
- Makes for a healthy snack option or to simply curb hunger
- Allegedly helps balance the gut microbiome in humans, essentially improving our gut health
- Said to help improve immunity as well as relieve headaches and migraines
Although there is still no supporting evidence for some of the health claims of kombucha, we can still appreciate the potential benefits of fermented foods. We love kombucha for its versatility, there are so many options to choose from or even make yourself!
Kombucha is uniquely delicious, low in sugar and calories and even better when it’s made in Ireland! This coming weekend we’re delighted to #supportIrish and #championgreen by adding a FREE bottle of ProKulture Kombucha to every Eatto order. Our friends at @prokulturekombucha produce bottles of delicious certified organic kombucha with special attention to sustainability and have very kindly given us some free samples for each of our customers this weekend!
They stock a host of wonderful flavours, choose from:
- Organic Ginger & Lemongrass
- Organic Wild Berry
- Organic Blood Orange and Turmeric
- Or try them all with their Mixed Organic Kombucha Case
Order your box of Eatto favourites this weekend at www.eatto.ie and we’ll add a bottle to your order for free. *Valid only for orders placed on September 10th-12th and while stocks last.