Do you shake Kombucha?
People have become more health-conscious due to pandemic COVID-19. There is a great desire among all generations and genders to stay fit. They have been exploring the various form of exercise to keep themselves fit while working from home. Similar stress has been given to the food they are eating, to keep their weight in check.
People often distrust medicine to lose weight and are looking for an organic solution with long term benefits rather than short term success. The lookout for perfect food has led the fitness conscious people towards Kombucha.
Kombucha was originated in China over 2000 years ago i.e. around 220 BC. In initial years, it served the purpose of general healing and aiding indigestion. Over time, it made its way around Japan and Russia in the form of tea. Since the early 20th century, its popularity grew multi-fold in developed regions such as Europe and the USA.
The reason for the success of Kombucha is that it’s totally organic and isn’t made from any chemicals. There is a diverse and cooperative system of microbes inside every Kombucha. Kombucha is formed by introducing bacteria and yeast (also known as SCOBY) into sweet green or black tea.
The ingredients of Kombucha include- Yeast, sugar, black or green tea and sometimes fruit. These all are mixed together and kept aside for a week or two. This process is known as fermentation.
Within a few days, bacteria and yeast break down the sugar into alcohol. The alcohol converts into compounds like acetic acid that gives flavour to Kombucha. The beverage prepared is the solution for a fitter and healthier life.
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DO you shake Kombucha before drinking?
A common misconception among people is to shake Kombucha before drinking, as they are treating it like another health product such as protein shake. Do you also shake Kombucha before drinking? If yes, then please stop right away.
Being an organic health product, it is not advisable to shake Kombucha. It has been recommended to never shake a Kombucha bottle whether it’s a commercially produced brand or homebrewed one. If you shake the Kombucha, one of the 2 scenarios is bound to happen-
- The bottle can explode or overflow when you open the tap.
- On drinking after shaking, you will taste the only sediment.
The reason for the occurrence of the above 2 scenarios is due to-
Kombucha is a carbonated drink, just like other soft drinks such as cola or lemonade. Carbonation happens when fermentation releases a gas that can build up in pressure. Shaking the bottle built up the pressure which leads to Kombucha spilling out abruptly as soon as you open the cap.
Thus, the answer to your question “do you shake Kombucha before drinking” is a firm no.
This scenario is more prominent for home brewed Kombucha. On shaking the bottle vigorously, the sediments which were earlier at the bottom of the drink spread around. While harmless, the swirling of sediments changes the sensitivity and texture of the drink
Thus, shaking the bottle of Kombucha spread the sediments and increases the intake of yeast while drinking, affecting the taste of the drink.
If you have mistakenly shaken bottle of Kombucha, then need not worry. Food and drink items including Kombucha are handled roughly and thrown around in trucks while transporting. This usually has a much bigger impact on the drink than shaking of bottle done by you mistakenly.
The simple solution to ensure that the Kombucha bottle, homebrewed or bought from the store doesn’t spill or taste bad is to put it in the refrigerator for a few hours. After some time, do a careful check to ensure that the visible sediment has settled down and no bubbles appear on the surface.
You can open the bottle safely now and enjoy your hard-earned drink.
If you have bought or prepare Kombucha for the 1st time and not sure how to prepare the bottle to avoid shaking and make it easier to drink, try out below advice:
- Stir the bottle
Place a utensil in the bottle and don’t put in the bottom. This will help prevent dispersing the bacteria and yeast throughout the brew. Stir lightly for a couple of times that would avoid mixing up the bacteria and yeast.
- Gently rock
Always ensure that lid is placed and secured to rock the bottle from side to side. Don’t do forcefully as this might lead to movement of yeast in the bottle and increases carbonation.
The above advice can help you enjoy drink calmly and peacefully.
Kombucha is a fermented food just like yogurt, cheese, kefir, kimchi and sauerkraut. It is a combination of foamy, sweet and sour drink made with tea.
As per research, Kombucha supports digestion, metabolism, immunity, liver function, etc. Increased immunity helps in fighting various health problems such as hair loss, cancer and AIDS. This even rejuvenates revitalize, reenergize and restore body and mind.
Is there any scientific evidence that can prove Kombucha is good for you?
Kombucha contains vitamin B, antioxidants and probiotics. The nutritional content and preparation vary from brand to brand. Before consuming, always read the nutrition label.
Juices and sodas, while carbonated drinks like Kombucha contain a higher amount of sugar. Kombucha contains about 30 calories and 2-8g of sugar for every 8-ounce serving. This makes it completely healthy and safe to drink.
Kombucha is a good source of probiotics. All kind of fermented foods such as yogurt contains live microorganisms. Kombucha is a fermentation product that produces a lot of probiotic bacteria. Probiotic bacteria help in balancing the gut microbiome and improve digestion.
Kombucha is high in antioxidants that protect the body from illness such as oxidative damage. This illness is caused by free radicals which are a normal by-product of processes in the body. Diet rich in antioxidants minimise their impact and keeps one healthy.
Reasons which proves that Kombucha is good for you-
- Helps in the digestion
Natural fermentation process foods have probiotic properties and are beneficial. This helps in improving digestion and balance the gut microbiome.
Kombucha has probiotics that make it nutritional and beneficial for gut health. It decreases inflammation and provides antioxidants.
- Contains caffeine
Though Kombucha is made with tea, it still contains a small amount of caffeine. Once it ferments, one-third of the tea caffeine remains i.e. about 10 to 25mg per serving for black tea.
This is a very small amount of caffeine is helpful in improving the overall health of the body and mind.
- Presence of alcohol
Every kind of Kombucha contains a very small amount of alcohol. This is created during the fermentation process. As per the studies, less than 0.5% of alcohol has a positive impact on the body and helps in improving the immune system.
While the above suggestion proves that Kombucha is good for you, there are some after-effects of using it as well-
- Bad for the teeth
Kombucha contains acidic substances that can impact oral health. Its pH level is low similar to soda which is harmful to teeth.
Beverages containing low pH level compromises tooth enamel and causes tooth discoloration. Thus, it is recommended to drink Kombucha once rather than consuming throughout the day to reduce effects on your teeth. Drink it with a straw and rinse your mouth with water once finished.
- Not safe for some people
Most of the people consume Kombucha every day; it is still advisable to check with your doctor once. Pregnant or breastfeeding women and people with the low immune system should avoid drinking Kombucha. It contains live bacteria that can be harmful.
Live bacteria go into the blood if you are pregnant or have low immunity and can cause health problems. When you start drinking, opt 4 ounces or less per day. Slowly increase the volume so to ensure your body gets used to the drink.
Kombucha could be risky-
Kombucha drink consists of bacteria. Usually, the bacteria are considered as probiotics but can make the drink harmful if not prepared correctly.
An incorrectly prepared solution could lead to liver problems, lactic acidosis (lactic acid builds-up in the body), allergy reactions and nausea.
If you are making Kombucha at home, then always use glass, stainless steel or plastic containers. Wash the equipment and your hands too before starting preparation.
Kombucha is considered as providing a lot of benefits wherein some people tend to over-consume it. Too much drinking can lead to the intake of calorie and excess sugar. This can also have side effects such as digestion problem.
It is recommended limiting the consumption to one to two servings per day. You can get the maximum benefits and thus, Kombucha is good for you.