That said, one of our favorite healthy food trends right now is the liquid iteration of these healthy bacteria strains: probiotic drinks. And while kombucha has been the star of many a health market for years — and offers many benefits similar to those of probiotic beverages — those who aren't traditionally into health foods may be a bit hesitant, if not downright averse, to the concept of kombucha. So what about these probiotic sodas? Are they like regular sodas?
We were able to taste four flavors of Obi probiotic soda, all of which offer the benefits of their water kefir base without the acidic, vinegar-like taste of kombucha. Obi probiotic sodas are what founder Ben Goodwin calls "the Trojan horse" of sodas — and the analogy totally makes sense. Take something the general public is already consuming, and make make it healthy, in the sneakiest of ways. Stealth health, if you will.
And that Trojan horse concept is how we approached our taste test. Without outwardly noting the health properties (They're organic! They're vegan! They're non-GMO! They're . . . full of bacteria!), we invited our colleagues to try a taste test of "four new soda flavors." Here's what they had to say about each one: Meyer Lemon & Lime, Organic Root Beer, Tart Cherry Vanilla Bean, and Valencia Orange & Grapefruit.