Introducing Life Foods Kombucha!
Kombucha is an old-world food that is having a big moment. People around the world have been making this fizzy, sweet-tart tea for centuries, but it’s just been in the past few years that it has become super popular here in the US.
But what is this weird tea, and why is kombucha so darn popular?
At its most basic, kombucha is a combination of tea, sugar and a culture called a SCOBY. Kombucha is usually made with black tea, which is brewed, cooled, and sweetened with sugar. To this the SCOBY is added to work its fermentation magic.
Sometimes the SCOBY is referred to as a ‘mushroom,’ but it is not a true fungus. Instead, the SCOBY is a symbiotic culture of bacterias and yeasts. Wikipedia explains all the good stuff in the culture:
“A SCOBY [is] similar to mother of vinegar, containing one or more species each of bacteria and yeasts, which form a zoogleal mat known as a “mother.”The cultures may contain one or more of the yeasts Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Brettanomyces bruxellensis, Candida stellata, Schizosaccharomyces pombe, and Zygosaccharomyces bailii.”
This combination of bacteria and yeast biochemically reacts to the sugars, breaking down the sugar to create a wealth of probiotics (beneficial microorganisms), trace amounts of alcohol, and carbonation. The resulting drink is moderately fizzy, mildly sweet and tart… and can be super good for you!
In popular culture, kombucha is purported to cure cancer, help the immune system, reduce the impacts of aging, and improve digestion and liver function– some people consider it a fountain of youth! NPR’s food blog, The Salt, writes that while some of the benefits of kombucha might be a bit overstated, what is clear is that this funky, fermented beverage is full of good bacteria.
And there is plenty of research that shows that good bacteria (known as probiotics) can be so good for our whole body, and a lot of health benefits linked to kombucha and other fermented foods is because of the high amount of probiotics.
Probiotics are the good little bugs that live in our gut, and while it might sound a bit gross that our gut is home to millions of bacteria, these bacteria play a very important role in our digestion, immunity, and overall wellness. You can drastically improve the health of your whole body by improving the health of your gut.
Our digestive tract is full of both good and bad bacterias, and when we’re healthy these remain balanced and keep us feeling our best. But if our digestion gets out of whack, because of an illness, hormones or medication, our microbiome changes and the whole body could feel the changes.
Life Foods now offers certified organic kombucha on tap at many of your favorite restaurants and natural food stores. Currently you can find Life Foods kombucha on tap on Maui at Alive & Well, Flatbread Pizza, Temple of Peace, and Maui Country Club. More locations are coming soon!