The Health Benefits of Drinking Kombucha


Kombucha is the latest drink fad. Some drink the tea based drink for the taste and some do for the supposed health benefits.
Kombucha is a drink created by Gluconacetobacter kombuchae (a bacteria), Zygosaccharomyces kombuchaensis (a yeast), sugar, and black tea.
The yeast converts the sugar into alcohol, which is then consumed by the bacteria and turned into healthy acids. The bacteria and yeast typically reside in a large, moist disk called the scoby.
Scoby is an acronym for “Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast.” A Scoby can be grown from scratch or grown from pieces of a larger scoby.
After the scoby consumes the sugar, the resulting kombucha, also known as manchurian mushroom tea, has a fizzy, natural flavor.
This flavor is appealing to some people. “I drink it because I enjoy the interesting taste. It is kind of an acquired taste though,” Dakotah Noriega (10) said.
People also use the scoby to make kombucha vinegar. Kombucha vinegar can be used for hair wash, facial toner, cleaning materials, salad dressing, marinade, and other foods.
People also think there are health benefits to drinking kombucha. “I drink kombucha to detoxify my body. I feel a lot healthier when I drink it,” Tiffany Carter (9) said.
There is not enough evidence to determine if kombucha has any health benefits, but kombucha and kombucha vinegar can also be unhealthy if prepared improperly. Improper preparation of kombucha can produce harmful bacteria or mold due to the nature of fermentation.
Either way, while kombucha may have been first brewed 2000 years ago by the Chinese, it is still a popular drink today.