What Is Kombucha?
If you were to ask around what kombucha is, you’ll get a lot of answers. “It’s a health drink made from a mushroom,” or, “it’s a tasty substitute for sweet sodas,” or, “it cures cancer.” In short, you’ll get some facts, some fiction, and lots of opinions.
The short answer is that kombucha is a healthy beverage made from tea and sugar that has been fermented with bacteria and yeast. The fermentation metabolizes the sugar, caffeine, and tannins in the tea to produce healthy probiotics, vitamins, minerals, and acids. People have been drinking it for hundreds of generations. It is a natural inclusion to a healthy diet.
Oh, and it’s not a mushroom. The thing that looks like a mushroom is actually a symbiotic colony of bacteria & yeast (SCOBY for short). It’s what turns sweet tea into healthy, delicious kombucha.