Kombucha is a fermented tea that has become very popular over the last couple of years. It is definitely an acquired taste because when you first try it you get a tangy vinegar taste.
One health benefit of kombucha is that it may contain probiotics. Although the bacteria used to ferment tea and turn it into kombucha haven’t been proven to contain probiotics, the bacteria may have some functions similar to probiotic bacteria. Check out my post HERE about prebiotics and probiotics.
Another benefit of kombucha is that it may have the same health benefits as the tea used to make it. Green tea contains a lot of polyphenols which are powerful antioxidants, so it is believed that kombucha made with green tea has the same benefits. Green tea has also been shown to increase the amount of calories burned.
Another benefit of kombucha is that it can kill certain types of bad bacteria. Kombucha contains acetic acid which has been shown to kill harmful microorganisms.
One thing to note about kombucha is that the health benefits are still being researched. None of the benefits above have been proven with hard evidence. I love kombucha, but if you don’t like the taste, don’t drink it.