We are in front of a new trend, but kombucha, although it may seem "trendy", has a long history. Moreover, it is a healthy and refreshing drink, 100 % natural. Let me explain what kombucha is.
Like many of the trends that come to Spain, they first become popular in the USA. In my case I tried the first kombucha in the USA and when I came back I wanted to investigate a little more because I loved it.
If you are looking for a healthy alternative to the typical sugary soft drinks, here you have the best option. Introducing the Paleo refreshment.
Kombucha is a fermented tea, in the same way that other foods are fermented, such as vegetables (Saurkraut or chukrut, kimichi), fruits (pickles, chives, olives), dairy products (yogurt, kefir), cereals (miso, tempeh), meat and fish.
Although fermented foods have not acquired great relevance in our diet, it is worth trying to include them as they do a fantastic job for our digestion.
What are the benefits of fermented foods?
- More nutritious and digestible because the bacteria have facilitated this process, being the ones that have done the work of partial digestion.
- They increase the presence of important vitamins. They are a source of antioxidants. This is especially relevant because the vitamin K2 is difficult to find in non-fermented foods and is key to bone and coronary health, as well as prevention of certain types of cancer.
- Strengthens the immune system by supporting the microbiota which must be healthy to protect you from serious diseases. Remember that 70% of your defenses are in the gut and they have to function in their full capacity to keep us free from attack.
Although different fermented foods provide different bacteria that increase the bacterial diversity of our intestine, these are some of the benefits fermented foods in general.
What is kombucha?
The kombucha is a probiotic drinkis created from the fermentation of a colony of microorganisms called scoby (they are like mushrooms). It seems the latest trend in the field of "healthy" food but it has been consumed in China for more than 2000 years.
It is an ideal drink for the followers of the Paleo diet because unlike the soft drinks we are used to, is not an artificial, sugary beverage. It is natural and has many health benefits because it is a fermented food.
It is a very low calorie drink and sugars that are naturally present. It is reminiscent of sparkling water because it has that natural effervescence with a touch of flavor that can be very varied: red fruits, green tea, ginger, mojito, apple, carrot, flowers?
And the good thing is that unlike other fermented products of animal origin, this option is totally suitable for vegans.
Who invented Kombucha?
It seems that we have to go as far back as the Tsin dynasty, in 221 B.C.. to find a food similar to kombucha and that we can consider its predecessor or origin. At that time that version was known for its stimulating, healing effects and pleasant taste.
Gradually, "Kombu tea" spread throughout Japan, Russia and Europe. In recent years, its more modern version has become very popular in America and European countries.
How is Kombucha made?
The process begins with the scoby base which is a mixture of live bacteria and yeasts, which is mixed with green tea, water and sugar. Even if you are afraid of sugar you don't have to worry because it is given as food to the scoby to keep it alive. The sugar that remains at the end of the process is totally residual.
This fermentation process can last up to 4 weeks and results in this natural soft drink with bubbles. To obtain the final flavor, the rest of the fruit is added.
Specifically, the kombucha from komvida uses only organic ingredients. The flavor of each of its varieties is totally balanced and at home we are addicted to it (even the most skeptical in the house have been converted to kombucha).
For kombucha keep all its properties is not pasteurized.
Where can I buy Kombucha?
You can also find it at physical stores, especially those dedicated to organic food. The good thing about buying it through the web is that you have the coupon discount and the possibility of subscribing. This allows you to save money.
From the moment you place your order online, it takes less than 48 hours to receive it at home. Deliveries before 14 hours in cold transport.
If you want to try your first kombucha, or if you are already a kombucha lover I recommend you try Komvida, as its blend of flavors makes it one of the best I have ever tasted.
You can get a 5 discount on orders over 20€ with the coupon ANABELPUMP (not combinable with other offers)
All you have to do when you receive your order is to place it in the refrigerator to keep it perfectly preserved.. Once opened it is recommended to be consumed within a week, although I don't think it will last that long without anyone at home drinking it 😉.
What flavor do you recommend?
The truth is that the subject of flavors is very personal. As an example, I love the apple flavor and Didac likes it the least. His favorite is the mojito and I would drink any flavor.
My recommendation is that you choose a box with a variety of flavors so that you can find out for yourself which one best suits your palate. And I can tell you that even if you end up having a favorite, the most common thing is that you like them all. At least, that's what those of you who have tried it tell me.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can kombucha be taken during pregnancy and lactation?
The official breastfeeding website advises against it because there is insufficient evidence.
First of all, it is customary to lump these two stages together as if they were the same or very similar and pregnancy and breastfeeding have nothing to do with each other.
When we are pregnant, the fetus receives everything we take in through the placenta. When we breastfeed there are hardly any traces of what we ingest in our breast milk.
Therefore, for kombucha and for the rest of doubts about products that can or cannot be taken, it is necessary to differentiate these stages.
Considering that the stage of pregnancy is the one to which most attention should be paid, this is how well Bea can explain it:
What is the floating debris?
Don't worry, they are scoby remains (Symbiosis Colony of Bacteria and Yeast(in English, symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeasts). Remember that your kombucha has life and that this scoby is beneficial to your health.
Does it have alcohol?
Yes, it is true that it is a fermented beverage, but it can be said that kombucha does not contain alcohol, since contains less than 1%.
How much should be taken?
There is no set amount, take it when you want and as often as you want.
I love to drink a glass of kombucha like a soft drink. Sometimes with a meal, or just to refresh yourself in the middle of the afternoon.
Can I drink Kombucha if I am diabetic?
Yes, the amount of sugar present in the product is residual. In any case it is always recommended to consult a doctor.
Can it be done at home?
Yes, it is possible to make your own homemade kombucha by buying a scoby or if someone gives you one of theirs. It is not a difficult process, but you will have to study well how to do it. In the web komvida you will see that they make courses for the more daring. Here are some books that explain the process in detail and the much needed SCOBY.