While we scour around in the search for a health drink that serves you multiple health benefits, we at times forgot to look deep back into the history of health potions.
Kombucha is that one drink which is loaded with health benefits like treating arthritis, fighting cancer, and even helping in weight loss.
More about the drink:
Kombucha is a fermented beverage made of black tea and sugar; which is tart, less sweetened, and slightly effervescent in taste. This sugar-tea solution is then fermented by bacteria and yeast commonly known as a “SCOBY” (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). After fermentation, it becomes carbonated and contains vinegar, B vitamins, enzymes, probiotics and a high concentration of acid.
Level of alcoholism:
Kombucha is not really an alcoholic beverage to binge on. It is mildly alcoholic and doesn’t contain more than 0.5% alcohol by volume. According to the reports of CNN, the alcohol content is one-eighth of a light beer.
While Kombucha is also referred as an “Immortal Health Elixir” by the Chinese, it was originated in the time when tea plants were first cultivated in ancient China.The drink was found some 2,000 years ago and was later spread to other regions of Asia, Eastern Europe, and Russia.
The health potion and its benefits:
A 16-ounce bottle of unpasteurized kombucha contains marvellous nutrients that are must for your body. They are:
20 milligrams sodium
14 grams carbohydrate
4 grams of sugar
100 micrograms folate (25 percent DV)
.34 grams riboflavin/vitamin B2 (20 percent DV)
.4 milligrams vitamin B6 (20 percent DV)
.3 milligrams thiamine/Vitamin B1 (20 percent DV)
4 milligrams niacin/Vitamin B3 (20 percent DV)
1.2 micrograms vitamin B12 (20 percent DV)
Range of flavours:
The flavours of this drink vary according to the degree of acidity. Though the availability in the market range in exciting, bold flavours, there also exist flavours like mango, raspberry and blueberry-ginger.
The not-so-good effects on the body:
Well, anything that is consumed in a limited portion proves to be beneficial for your body. It is reported that consumption of kombucha can lead to severe hepatic (liver) and renal (kidney) toxicity as well as metabolic acidosis. The effect is most probably due to the acidity of the tea, which can cause acidosis, and brewers have been cautioned to avoid over-fermentation.