Kombucha. Some think of it as this new trendy drink, others understand the incredible health benefits of this ancient drink or even make their own. We're going to explain more about Kombucha and delve further in to our supplier, MOMO Kombucha.
What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is a fermented tea. It is made up of tea, water, sugar and a bacterial culture called SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). This drink has been around for thousands of years and originates from China.
Once brewed it is a refreshingly light and slightly fizzy drink, which can have a slight sour taste to it due to its low sugar content.
During fermentation the yeast consumes the sugar and produces alcohol which is then consumed by the bacteria to produce the acids that give it its tangy flavour. Worried about your sugar consumption? All sugar is consumed so you have nothing to worry about with kombucha.
In this image the weird alien looking thing is the SCOBY.
Is Kombucha Good For You?
Absolutely, 100%. Depending on which kombucha you buy. Kombucha is naturally probiotic (which helps your body maintain healthy microorganisms) and contains healthy organic acids, when brewed correctly. Raw and unfiltered kombucha (such as MOMO) is full of raw and live cultures which support gut health and aid digestion. In addition, it naturally contains acetic acid which boosts energy and lowers blood sugar levels. As a result of it being made from tea, it is full of antioxidants which have been linked to helping cardiovascular health.
Some kombuchas you can get in the supermarket won't contain all of these benefits if you are buying them off the shelf and in a plastic bottle... we will explain this more next.
MOMO is one of the best kombucha brands out there, even approved by Tim Spectre, due to it supporting all of the health benefits named above and one of the main reasons for this is due to it remaining raw and unfiltered. The majority of kombucha companies will filter and pasteurise their kombucha, which isn't to say that it won't have any positive impact on your body, our Hip Pop kombuchas have been filtered but still have a great impact on your gut. However, this removes the bacteria and yeast before bottling and then reduces the impact on your gut microbiome. Keeping it raw, the bacteria will still be in your drink and have a direct & more successful impact on your gut and the flavour should be better. This is why it is incredibly important to keep your MOMO Kombucha in the fridge. It pauses the fermentation, which will occur due to the bacteria and yeast being in the bottle. If not kept cold it could get too reactive and explode!
In addition to all of this, MOMO is organic which just rounds up how great this kombucha brand is. Not being organic would contain pesticides and environmental pollutants, having a negative impact on your gut health. Tim Spector in SPOON FED: Why almost everything we’ve been told about food is wrong states, ‘much of the role of the microbiome is to stabilise our immune system and stop it overreacting, so it’s not a far stretch to see how, by being exposed to long periods of time, these herbicides and pesticides could alter our immune systems’.
Organic certification further aids the environment by reducing their impact from their ingredients, as the food system is the second largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. A Soil Association study concluded that ‘if the whole of Europe switched to an organic or agro ecological food and farming system, we would see a 40% drop in emissions’. Therefore, MOMO are helping reduce water pollution and nitrogen fertiliser production, key elements of climate change.
Oh, and if MOMO couldn't get any better, they create specialty flavours where they work in collaboration with other brands and donate to funds helping support their ethos. For example, you may have tried their Watermelon Kombucha that we stocked last summer. They partnered with Natoora, working with farmers over in Zerbinati and every 20p per bottle sold was donated to the Natoora Farm Fund which supported young farmers who are committed to agroecological methods.
If you haven't tried Kombucha we definitely recommend it (especially if you are wanting a non-alcoholic option. Yes there is a tiny trace of alcohol, but so small it is classed as non-alcoholic) and we would go straight to the MOMO section in the fridge.
Here are our favourite flavours of kombucha in the shop:
Cam's favourite: Turmeric
Harry's favourite: Ginger & Lemon
Steph's favourite: Ginger & Yuzu
Photo Credits: MOMO Kombucha