Have you heard of the popular drink, kombucha? If your health enthusiast friends forgot to tell you about it, keep reading to learn about this sweet, fizzy new craze.
What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is a type of fermented tea, usually made with sweetened black or green tea and infused with a variety of flavors. While the origins of the drink are unclear, most agree that the beverage originated in Manchuria in Northeast Asia. To make the drink, a symbiotic colony of bacteria (SCOBY) ferments the tea. The process takes seven to twelve days as the SCOBY consumes over 90% of the sugar present in the solution. After the process, the tea maintains a slightly sweet taste and has a bubbly texture.
Health Benefits of Kombucha
Kombucha has recently gained popularity for its purported health benefits. While little to no scientific evidence exists to support these claims, many health food enthusiasts swear by this bubbly libation. Potential health benefits include dietary regulation, a boosted immune system, increased energy, liver detoxification, and joint support. It contains a healthy bacteria that aids in digestion, also known as probiotics, which also exists in yogurt. This flavorful beverage provides these health benefits while being low in calories. Most varieties range from 20 to 40 calories per cup. Please note that, while less than 1%, a small amount of alcohol exists in kombucha due the fermentation process.
Where To Find It
To try locally-made kombucha, you must venture a short way from Center Pointe Apartments and into the city. Yelp rates Craft Kombucha the best local kombucha in DC. The Taproom at Union Market in Washington, DC serves it, as well as several local farmers markets and restaurants. They offer fun flavors like Ginger, Grapefruit, and Elderflower. Visit one of their locations, and let us know what you think!
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