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All About Kombucha

Kombucha has recently taken the health scene by storm. What people do not know though, is that it has been around for thousands of years, originating from ancient China. It was a common concoction then, believed to remedy inflammatory diseases. While most enjoy their tea as is, Kombucha takes tea brewing to a whole new level, by the fermentation of tea, sugar and the not so secret ingredient; a colony of live yeast and bacteria known as SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast).

A scoby may look alien or questionable to most, but it is a vital component in Kombucha brewing. The bacteria and yeast form a thin gelatinous layer on top of the sweet tea and assists the fermentation process that takes place for a few weeks. The sweet tea then turns into a fizzy, slightly tart and sweet beverage known as Kombucha!

Why would anyone want to consume yeast and bacteria? That’s just nasty.

For the health benefits, of course!

Kombucha is delicious and healthier alternative to commercial carbonated drinks because of the lower sugar content. The fermentation process turns sugar into carbon dioxide, resulting in Kombucha’s signature fizz!

Many fans of the antioxidant and probiotic rich beverage claim that it supports not only better gut health, but also aids in the building of better immunity and insulin tolerance, relieving allergies, maintaining skin health and improving moods.

These claims are related to the presence of healthy probiotics, similar to the “good bacteria” present in our intestines. Research has shown that probiotics consumption can help lower cholesterol, fight colds and support gut health, which helps issues such as food allergies and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

If you’re up for it, you can easily brew your own Kombucha, all you need is a glass jar, some black or green tea, sugar, and get yourself a scoby!

This is how a scoby looks like - for those of you who are wondering.

You can get a scoby on Carousell from sellers such as The Hantam Cook and Jamie’s Kombucha. Do ensure that your scoby is obtained from a reliable source and ask questions about the brewing process if you have any uncertainties to prevent unpleasant outcomes.

Thankfully, ready to drink Kombucha is now easily accessible and there is no need for you to go through the hassle of making your own!

Here are a few local brands that specialise in the art of Kombucha:

1) Craft & Culture

2) Yocha

3) Fizzicle Kombucha

Alternatively, you could also find Kombucha in supermarkets such as Cold Storage that sell commercialised brands such as Mojo Kombucha.

Many swear by health benefits of Kombucha, even with the limited research about its effects on humans. However, there are many positive studies on tea and probiotics, which are both present in Kombucha.

Go on and try some Kombucha as an alternative to the usual sugary beverages and let us know if it really does wonders for your wellbeing!

Article written by Sonia Bawany.

About Sonia: Loyal slave of 2 cats, amateur cook and lover of arts and crafts. 
Instagram: @sonianonya







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