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Is Alcohol the Real Reason Behind Kombucha's Appeal?

Do You Drink Kombucha?

The other day, YumSugar headquarters received a shipment of kombucha. Although it's everywhere — at cafés, farmers markets, and grocery stores in San Francisco — and people who like it swear by its health benefits, I simply don't care that much for its fermented, acrid flavor. I passed the health elixir off to our intern Victoria, who loves the stuff.

But even as a non-Kombucha drinker, I'm intrigued by a recent Good magazine essay that argues mere alcohol content alone could explain kombucha's stress-relieving and cure-all powers: a University of Maine study found at least one major brand contained 2.4 percent alcohol, close to the amount found in some ultralight beers.

If it's the alcohol that give this drink its curative properties, then I'll just take a beer instead. What about you? Do you do kombucha?

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AMP AMP 7 years
Oh and to answer yumsugar, I also love how it helps me digest.
AMP AMP 7 years
I only like the GT brand. The one pictured above tastes like crap.
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 7 years
I've had it in the past. It's not bad! It tastes more like tea or similar to cider. I thought I noticed more energy when I consumed it, regularly. I enjoy my hot lemon water just as well.
ayuninur ayuninur 7 years
no thanks
michlny michlny 7 years
Since Whole Foods took it off their shelves and then my health food stores followed suit, I've been scouring the bodegas for leftovers and buying up as many as I can find. I AM ADDICTED!! It has gotten me away from soda... The alcohol content is blown out of proportion.... Read the interview with G.T. Dave (Founder) http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-1022/EXCLUSIVE-Interview-with-GT-Dave-of-Synergy-Kombucha-Product-Back-on-Shelves-in-Weeks.html
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
Nope, that stuff smells like the bacterial cultures I work with...and that's just nasty. Can't get past it. Plus I have an iron gut so the digestive properties wouldn't really do anything for me.
littlething77 littlething77 7 years
i actually really like the taste but i love love love how it helps regulate my digestive system.
Food Food 7 years
Kombuchans, what do you love about it?
littlething77 littlething77 7 years
i LOVE kombucha! i can't get it at whole foods anymore and i totally blame lindsey lohan. grrrrrrrr! i can still get it the farmer's market, but it's not as good as the synergy divine grape.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
LOL I was wondering how I never knew that before!
Food Food 7 years
skigirl, I meant non-kombucha drinker! I am definitely a beer drinker. :-D
skigurl skigurl 7 years
you said you're a nondrinker but then said you would have a beer...confused
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