Friday, March 19, 2010

Yummy alert: Kombucha tea

Whole Foods is the Holy Grail of grocery stores. From the best Indian curry to freshly ground peanut butter and organic anything, it's no surprise the chain is taking over the health foods market. Naturally it follows that they'd be the first to debut the latest trend in tea - Kombucha.

Kombucha is a tea brewed with active yeasts and cultures similar to the probiotic strands in new digestive yogurts (like Activa). The cultivation stems from Chinese medicinal methods and was advertised as a "fountain of youth elixer." The included probiotic strands are incredibly beneficial in smooth digestion and many claim their abilities to combat a crazy number of ailments from balding to cancer. Kombucha comes in a variety of brewing flavors and styles, including a new juice-like tea that I'm 100% obsessed with!

The funny thing about Kombucha, however, is the fact that it is fermented to produce more of this beneficial yeast. Sound familiar? That's because beer is brewed the same way! This leaves your Kombucha like a pseudo-wine with the slightest bit of alcohol. It's like getting the healthy benefits of wine without having to watch how many glasses you've had, haha!

Check out the fabulous tea at your local health food store or brew it yourself if you're ready for an adventure! Yay, tea!

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