Do They Go Together
If you’ve been doing keto for a while you’ve probably checked out all those strange sounding foods and drinks like kombucha that hadn’t crossed your path before, am I right? And it’s quite possible that you are wondering if there are any kombucha health benefits to be had?
Maybe you even tried it but got put off by the smell or the floaty things you could see on the surface?
But the most important question in your mind is whether there are any kombucha health benefits and is it keto friendly?
So, my task today is to extend your keto education and answer your questions as to whether kombucha is keto friendly and what are some of the health benefits.
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What Exactly is Kombucha Tea?
Basically, it’s a sweetish tea that can be a combination of either black or green tea and sugar. Then a culture of bacteria and yeast known as a SCOBY is added and then left for a few weeks.
The SCOBY is the critical ingredient that causes the tea to ferment into a carbonated, probiotic rich drink full of goodness. This fermentation enables kombucha to share a number of gut pacifying properties similar to sauerkraut, miso soup and kimchi.
But we are only at the start of our discoveries.
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Are Fermented Drinks Healthy ?
So far you have learnt that kombucha is a sweet black or green tea chock a block full of bacteria. Doesn’t sound very appetizing does it? So, you may be wondering just why you are contemplating drinking this stuff but you are still convinced some where in there are kombucha health benefits.
You might be interested to know kombucha is not a new trendy fad, fermented drinks have actually been around for decades. But its only since the general populace has become so obsessed with gut health, probiotics and fermented foods that drinks like kombucha are now making their way to the market shelves.
The reasoning behind their popularity is that the bacteria and yeast combinations in these fermented foods could help with imbalances in bacteria giving rise to the belief in kombucha health benefits.
Simply put the “good” bacteria are encouraged to thrive and in turn overwhelm the “bad” bacteria. Resulting in a much improved and healthy gut.
Poor diets, stress, fast food are just a few of the things contributing to an increase in poor gut bacteria and imbalances. When this happens you will see symptoms like:
- Leaky Gut
To overcome these issues its important to get your gut levels evened out so that you have the right mix of good as well as bad bacteria.
One step in the right direction would be to start having fermented foods like kombucha plus its health benefits given they are full of probiotics as well as other bacteria and anti-microbial properties to help get you back into shape.
Whilst actual research from scientists on humans is still in short supply, there are many converts walking around who are more than happy to tell you about their experiences and the many kombucha health benefits that have helped them with everything from:
- Improving metabolism
- Improved energy levels
- Bladder infections
- Sugar cravings
But at this stage the only information we have is verbal and not tested. However it is quite well documented that green or black tea is beneficial in relation to heart disease, and we know that is one of the main ingredients in Kombucha. You can read more from the Australian Heart Foundation here. But the big question probably looming in your mind is whether you can drink kombucha on keto?
Does Kombucha Knock You Out of Ketosis?
Well being knocked out of ketosis is a bit of a loaded question, but basically like dairy kombucha is dairy friendly, albeit with a few exceptions. The prime one being of course is how its made. As you would of read earlier kombucha is comprised of green or black tea and sugar, and we all know that sugar isn’t on the keto agenda.
But there’s a bit of magic takes place here in that when the SCOBY is added to the tea it feeds of the sugar that it finds there. This is what it survives on and enables it to ferment. So, in effect it burns through the sugar in the kombucha, and leaves behind a low carb keto friendly drink with a touch of vinegar.
There’s no denying kombucha is an acquired taste but once you do get adapted it can become a bit addictive. One word of warning though before you go rushing off to buy your first kombucha and reap the health benefits, some commercial manufacturers of kombucha choose to instigate a double fermentation phase whereby they introduce more flavors and fruits then are left to sit a bit longer.
These double whammy kombuchas’ are NOT keto friendly they are full of carbs and sugar so just make sure you check before you buy. Otherwise its bye bye ketosis for a while.
One final word like anything you eat of drink ALWAYS check the label and look not only at nutritional values but also at servings contained in the bottle or package.
So, if you’ve read through all this and you are tempted to try for yourself you might like to download my Free “Keto Meets Kombucha” eBook and worksheet. It even includes instruction on how to make your own kombucha. Always a bonus if you are watching your budget.
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