Mounting research is pointing to the importance of maintaining a healthy human biome. That is, maintaining an optimal ratio of good gut bacteria in our bodies. So how exactly can we do this? One simple way is to increase the number of fermented foods in our diet which add living probiotics.
And one of the easiest ways to add living probiotics to our system is to drink ’em! We love GT’s Kombucha, a super refreshing, lightly effervescent kombucha that’s raw and unpasteurized and comes in a range of interesting (and delicious!) flavours.
What is kombucha?
Kombucha is a tea that has been fermented by a living culture (a SCOBY – a Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast). During the fermentation period, the tea becomes naturally rich with probiotics, amino acids, polyphenols, and active enzymes.
Why are fermented foods important?
Fermented foods create living probiotics that we can ingest. Probiotics are instrumental in supporting a healthy and harmonious digestive system and promote overall wellness.
How does it taste?
If you’re used to sugary beverages, like soda pop or juice, the taste might first catch you off guard. Kombucha is slightly tangy, with a taste similar to an apple cider vinegar. GT’s Synergy line does incorporate organic juices which may be more palatable for those unfamiliar with kombucha’s tang.
What are those floaties in the bottle?
If you can believe it, those strands aren’t present at the time of bottling! They are the strands of SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria & Yeast) culture that form after bottling as an indication that the product is still living and active. The longer that the product is bottled, the more culture strands form.
Is it supposed to be fizzy?
The effervescence in GT’s Kombucha is totally naturally occurring! CO2 production is a by-product of fermentation and because of this, the fizziness can vary from batch to batch and bottle to bottle. Unlike with soda, the effervescence actually increases over time. So fresher product tends to be more still.
How should I store it?
Because kombucha is raw, living food, it should always be kept in the fridge. It should also be stored upright (not on its side) and should never be shaken.