One of the hardest thing about being a guy who is somewhat interested in limiting the amount of sugar in his diet is that, let's face it, sweet things are awesome. I have been on the diet sodas most of my life because my parents, in their infinite abilities to see the future, were able to tell a very long time ago that the sugar content of soda-pop was off the damn charts and they severely limited our intake. They got us on lower sugar drinks and even limited the amount of processed juice we were allowed to have as kids.
One thing they gave to us that we might end up regretting later in life is artificial sweeteners and even though the jury says that these things are safe, they also said the same thing about that oil they used on potato chips for a while that gave many customers explosive diarrhea. I'm talking about O'lean and it probably doesn't exist as a product anymore. I don't know because I don't generally eat potato chips.
The other day someone in a local restaurant was pushing Kombucha as a product and like most fad drink items I was apprehensive to get involved because it tasted sweet and when that happens, I am suspicious that there is something bad going on inside the bottle.
Kombucha is basically a sweet tea that goes through a fermentation process using yeast and other things that I don't really understand but was apprehensive at first to try because well, where does the sugar go? As a guy that took some science classes in high school and college I am a big believer in the fact that matter can neither be created nor destroyed so since there is sugar involved in the process it still has to be in there, right?
Well, as it turns out no, nearly all of the sugar is transformed into something else and I am not going to pretend to understand how this works, I just know that it does.
In the end Kombucha ends up tasting sweet but has very little in the way of carbohydrates in it, or sugar. A 12 oz glass of the stuff can vary in its carbohydrate content but if done normally by someone who knows what they are doing, you are looking at maybe around 3 grams per glass, which is perfectly acceptable in the normie world.
Of course, just like most things, the corporate world got a hold of this recipe and made it taste "better" by adding a bunch of sugar to it and therefore completely negating what I like about this.
So basically the end result is about what you would expect. If you find someone at a farmers market or someone selling it in home-made bottles there is a really good chance that there is no added sugar and these people tend to be purists and would never do that anyway. Get a corporation involved on the other hand, and you can be all but guaranteed they are going to screw it up and most of them have done so.
Other benefits that people talk about is that this drink is meant to improve "gut health" with pro-biotics. I am not a scientist, but for the most part experts across the board agree that this drink does have health benefits for your digestive system by encouraging the growth of "good bacteria" for your insides.
For me, this is just an added bonus but I simply really like the way it tastes, particularly when mixed with soda water.
One of the major obstacles that us normies face when it comes to diet is that our drinks tend to be quite boring and you get tired of having just water all the time, but if you can manage to get your hands on a real, home-made Kombcha, I highly suggest giving it a go.
Also, there are testimonials out there about how people decide to mix Kombucha with Vodka and totally avoid hangovers because of the magic in a bottle. I have no idea if this is true or not, but I am a very willing subject in this regard since I normally drink alcohol every single day (socially only, not at home.)
So I am going to spend a week drinking Kombucha-vodkas and report back because this could end up being a major milestone in the normie fitness world!
Do you like Kombucha? Got any stories? I'd love to talk about it if you do!