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Kombucha tea: Hot health drink is gaining steam

Popping open a bottle of kombucha is like popping a bottle of Champagne as the drink is effervescent and fizzes up the nostrils. It is a tangy drink that tastes almost like vinegar soda pop in its original form. However, producers are now introducing flavors to sweeten the acidic taste. And, like home brewers of beer, kombucha can be brewed at home. Home-brewed varieties start by either purchasing the ‘kombucha mothers’ or by using a starter sample from an existing culture to grow a new colony of bacteria and yeast that ferments in a clean jar for 7-14 days. Some brands are pasteurized to kill potential pathogens; other brands and most home brews are drunk raw or unpasteurized.

Experts warn about the dangers of home-brewed and unpasteurized kombucha prepared in non-sterile conditions and the risk for unhealthy bacteria getting into the tea. On, according to Janet Helm, MS, RD, a Chicago nutritionist and author of Nutrition Unplugged blog, if you want to drink kombucha, a safer bet is to go for one that is commercially prepared and pasteurized

There have been reports of adverse effects from drinking the tea, ranging from upset stomach to toxic reactions and metabolic acidosis (excessive acid buildup in the body). The FDA cautions that home-brewed versions are at high risk of contamination. However, a Holmdel resident turned entrepreneur by creating her own kombucha tea to save her daughter, now 17 and healthy, from having a liver transplant before age three. Ciara’s Komboost Kobucha was created and is currently sold at about 50 stores on the East Coast.

Kombucha is non-alcoholic and can be found in beverage cases at health-food markets and grocery stores like Whole Foods.

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Comments (3)
3 Tuesday, 28 February 2012 11:53
Fuel my run
You cannot use honey in Kombucha! Kombucha is a drink of symbolic bacteria and honey is antibacterial. It would kill the SCOBY.
2 Sunday, 26 February 2012 13:42
Alex Kombucha
You can make it with honey or agave if you want. Yes, the makeup changes with these sweeteners but it will anyway over time. Accurate KOMBUCHA info can be found here:
1 Sunday, 26 February 2012 07:01
my neighbor's ex-wife got paid $15233 last week. she been working on the computer and bought a $340600 condo. All she did was get blessed and set to work the advice made clear on this

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