So I’m sure a lot of you have heard about the new health trend of Kombucha tea. For those who haven’t, it’s a quirky-tasting tea drink previously found in popular hipster cafes. There are different flavours, however it is best described as a sour apple cider, perhaps with vinegary touches. It has become such a prevalent health trend for its detoxifying and energising properties, and also the craft beer style it has.
A little history, Kombucha wasn’t developed recently. It was originally consumed in China more than 2200 years ago, and eventually moved into more and more countries (Russia, other European areas, and Germany) as time went on. Scientists in Swiss claimed that it was also beneficial for the gut. The trend grew vividly and can now even be found most cafes and even in supermarkets.
The question on many minds however, is whether Kombucha is actually as healthy as it is made out to be?
Evidence suggests there are pros and cons of drinking the tea. Some of the health benefits that have been claimed include; a healthier gut environment, aid in controlling heart disease, reduces inflammation, cuts out soda cravings, helps relieve anxiety and depression, aids in weight loss and finally supports healthy liver function. Now that’s a lot to take in all at once, but those health benefits are why so many people are on board with the trend.
It is important to note that these health benefits are claims, there has not been enough evidence research yet to prove these are actually true.
Not only does Kombucha have a long list of health benefits, it is also very simple and easy to brew yourself in the comfort of your own home. All it takes is a bit of black or green tea to be sweetened with sugar. A concoction of bacteria and yeast is then added. Finally, the mixture is then fermented in a glass or ceramic container for at least a week. That’s all it takes to make your own Kombucha tea. Its more of a specialty drink, and a lot of passion and creativity goes into creating the tea, and therefore is another reason why the trend has escalated.
What a lot of people are not aware of, is there are a health risks involved when drinking the tea. These include; include alcoholism, diabetes, diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome, weak immune system and in some cases even surgery. These risks may scare some people away; however, they are only dangers when an excessive amount of the Kombucha tea is consumed.
So I would say the answer is yes, Kombucha tea is very healthy when consumed in the correct amounts. However, it is brewed using a lot of ingredients that is already found in your original teas such as green, black and also matcha tea. Which in return will provide you with those same benefits. So realistically, whether you drink original tea or Kombucha, you will get health benefits form both.