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Top 3 Benefits of Kombucha!

Although most contain a tiny bit of alcohol (0.5%), kombucha has been generating a lot of buzz. (See what we did there?) Originating in China around 221 B.C., the beverage made its way to Eastern Europe, Russia, and Japan. In recent years, it has become popular in the states and yes, right here in St. Pete.

There are some wild claims about the miracle cures of the beverage (no, it can’t cure cancer). Research about kombucha and its health effects is still very limited. However,  there are just a few things we DO know. Read below for an honest look at the benefits of this trendy drink.

1. An All Natural Buzz… I mean Fizz

Reading the ingredient label on any soft drink can be nauseating. From the mystery syrups, acids, and other add-ins, soda seems more of a concoction than a beverage. That’s not the case with the lovely kombucha.

Kombucha starts with a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY). The SCOBY (not Scooby – it’s ok, I read it that way too)  looks like a gelatinous blob, and it’s actually a living community of organisms. You can find remnants of the SCOBY gathering at the bottom of kombucha bottles. It’s truly alive!

The culture is then added to a tea with sugar and other juices for flavoring. Fermentation takes place between a week to about a month, and then vwa la – you have kombucha. Flavors can vary, but in the end, you get an organic, vegan, and gluten-free beverage. Take that soda!

2. Fewer Calories Than Most Soft Drinks

Not only is kombucha made with natural ingredients, but it’s also friendly towards those counting calories. Some varieties of store-bought kombucha can be as low as 30 calories per cup (8 oz). Coca Cola, on the other hand contains about 100 calories per cup.

Kombucha is great for those watching calories but still enjoy carbonation. Especially when seltzer just won’t do.

3. It’s Probiotic

Bacteria gets a bad rap. There’s actually “good” bacteria that’s scurrying inside you and aiding your body’s functions. These “probiotics” deliver the good types of bacteria to your body. Yogurt, pickles, and dark chocolate are some common examples of probiotic food.

Kombucha’s probiotics bring benefits such as aiding digestion and boosting your immune system.

Not a Miracle Elixir, but Good Nonetheless