CA-RAZY is how I describe my family’s reaction to Tonica Kombucha, our new favourite thirst-quenching, so-much healthier than conventional, outrageously delish drink!
What first drew me this odd-sounding, beverage was the superior nutritional attributes and purported healthy benefits as compared to conventional drinks. Nutritionally we are not comparing apples to apples when comparing healthy Kombucha to soda pop, I know. Soda pop is horribly high in refined, GMO sugars and in some cases may contain carcinogenic caramel colour but I make the comparison as my family likes sweet, bubbly drinks. And until now, we only knew the unhealthy version.
What Is Kombucha?
Kombucha is a refreshing beverage made from fermented sugar, tea (green, black or white tea), and a live starter: a combination of beneficial bacteria and yeast (also known as SCOBY “Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast”). The live starter gives kombucha all sorts of fabulous benefits including probiotics, antioxidants, amino acids, B vitamins, and enzymes.
Although Kombucha was recently discovered by my family, it has been known in Russia, Asia and Eastern Europe for a long time. In fact, it was known in the Tsin Dynasty (221 BC) as the ‘Elixir of Long Life’. It’s healing and restorative properties have been well-documented over the ages to include: resistance against cancer, prevention of cardiovascular diseases, promotion of digestive functions, stimulation of the immune system, reduction of inflammatory problems etc. etc. As well, age old remedies cite the following benefits of drinking Kombucha on an ongoing basis:
- Promotion of liver cleansing, resulting in healthy skin, hair and improved eyesight.
- Increase of metabolism & resulting decrease of body fat
- Balancing of blood sugar levels
- Increase of energy (yippee!)
- Improved PH balance and resulting mental clarity
As Kombucha is an adaptogen, contains trace amounts of alcohol (.5%) AND a significant amount of lactic acid it is best for pregnant women to consult a physician before consuming it. Always best to be safe when expecting and its usually not the best time to try anything new.
As for kids, mine do drink Kombucha and absolutely love it. It has become their number one choice for a thirst-quenching beverage this summer. AND at only 45 calories per serving, it is clear they are consuming very little in the way of sugars as compared to most other drinks kids like.
I easily made the decision that the health benefits of Kombucha were too many for my family NOT to drink Kombucha. Soda pop which is linked to Type II Diabetes along with some other undesirable health concerns hasn’t been an option in my house for a very long time.
The Best Brand of Kombucha I Have Found:
I tried a few but Tonica Kombucha is my ABSOLUTE FAVE! I love that it is all-Canadian, made in Toronto, is organic, raw, uses cane sugar (which is always GMO-free!) and comes in 6 fabulous flavours; Ginger Rapture, Green Tea Revival, Nude Brew, Peach Resolution, Mango Passion and Vibrant Blueberry. Check here to see where it is sold near you.
So when my family goes on our annual summer road trip this summer, no doubt we will be carting a few cases of Tonica Kombucha in the back of the family-wagon! Mango Passion for my 4 year old, Green Tea for my 8 year old, Ginger Rapture for my husband and Vibrant Blueberry for me!
Let me know if try Tonica Kombucha and what you, your family and friends think of it! We might all forget we ever knew ‘soda pop’….and might all be healthier for it!