Is Kombucha Gluten Free? Find Out Here

Is Kombucha Gluten Free?

Is Kombucha Gluten Free? Find Out Here

Is Kombucha Gluten Free?

Although Kombucha is often stated as being 100% Gluten free, this is not always the case as grains are sometimes used in home brewing recipes. Flavorings can also contain Gluten and as there are 1000’s of recipes. You should always check the ingredients of your Kombucha drink before consuming it.

Kombucha: Nutrition, Brands, and Benefits

The nutrition in Kombucha lies in its probiotic content such as Bacillus Coagulans (1 Billion organisms) Lactic Acid and Acetic Acid. It is a probiotic rich tea that contains the antioxidant agents of green tea which is one of the healthiest drinks on the planet.

Brands of Kombucha include Remedy Raw Organic Kombucha (best overall) Brew Dr. Kombucha Ginger Turmeric (best value) and Kombucha Wonder Drink Prebiotic (best for gut health).

Kombucha is known to contain many health enhancing substances, but does this mean it is beneficial to all people? Kombucha contains detoxifying compounds (Glucuronic Acid). This is formed by day 6 of the fermentation process. The consumption of Kombucha is thus said to reduce the detoxification load pressured on the liver.

What Makes Kombucha So Healthy?

Drinking green tea regularly helps burn calories and belly fat and it may even reduce the risk of certain cancers. Kombucha may also reduce heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Kombucha is also said to improve gut health because of it’s probiotic content which can reduce Irritable Bowel Syndrome and stop diarrhea. It also reduces inflammation.

How to Brew Kombucha

Brewing Kombucha at home can be a tricky process but here are some guidelines. It’s all about the SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) otherwise known as the mother culture, the mushroom, the jellyfish, the pancake etc. It is a cellulose mat that houses the bacteria and yeast cultures that will ferment the sweet tea into Kombucha. The SCOBY, when dropped into the vessel (large jar) containing your sweet or green tea and raw Kombucha, will float to the top of the jar and the fermenting process begins. What’s that? How do you make a SCOBY?

Start by boiling 4 cups of water and when your water is almost boiled, turn it off and add three bags of black or green tea and let it steep like a cup of tea. Then add a third of a cup of raw cane sugar. After 5 minutes remove the tea bags and stir. Then transfer the tea mixture to your SCOBY jar. Next take a bottle of regular raw Kombucha and add two cups to the tea mixture in your SCOBY jar. All that remains is to cover the jar, allowing some air flow and let the fermentation process begin. It will usually take 7 – 10 days for your SCOBY to form.

When formed, the SCOBY is then removed from the sweet tea mix and you can start the second fermentation process of your Kombucha. Simply add whatever organic fruit juice to the first fermentation sweet tea mix into smaller jars. Use a quarter of a cup of juice and fill the rest of the jar with the first fermentation sweet tea mix. Screw the lid on tight and store for 3/4 days to make the juice carbonated. If you prefer your Kombucha un-carbonated, simply transfer the jars to the fridge and lightly cover to stop the carbonation process and enjoy immediately.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Kombucha

The consumption of Kombucha is said to reduce the detoxification load pressured on the liver. Kombucha is also known to help excrete heavy metal substances and environmental pollutants from the human body through the kidneys. Along with Glucuronic Acid, Acetic Acid, known for its detoxifying properties is also present in Kombucha and has a 3-1 ratio. Due to its fermentation process, Kombucha is an enzyme rich probiotic drink. Live active enzymes can help us digest the food that we eat as well as breakdown the undigested waste material that gets trapped in the colon.

The cons? Caffeine, alcohol and sugar content. The SCOBY consumes most of the caffeine and sugar that assist the initial fermentation, but Kombucha can still contain a third of the caffeine it was made with. Most of the sugar is turned into Acetic Acid but traces of sugar can still remain. Kombucha does have a high acid content when first consumed. This may result in having an adverse effect on people with digestive disorders. Due to the yeast and fermentation process, Kombucha can also have up to 3% alcohol content and although it can provide positive health attributes for most people, it can also have the opposite effect in some individuals with weakened immune systems and pre-existing auto immune conditions like candida overgrowth or inflammatory bowel disease. This is because Kombucha is made from a combination of yeast and bacteria. Sometimes the yeast present in the finished Kombucha, can exacerbate these health issues. In addition, home brewing or wild Kombucha can present problems if the environment is not right. Kombucha needs some air flow while it is fermenting. This means that when it is prepared in unclean environments , it can pick up airborne species like candida. This is not a problem with commercial Kombucha that is tightly regulated. Kombucha does have a high acid content when first consumed. This can have an adverse effect on people with digestive disorders.

Kombucha is a health drink that can help boost wellness

So, Kombucha is worthy of all its hype and can help boost wellness. It is unfortunately not suitable for people with the health disorders that I have described in this article. No disorders? Get your orders in!

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