Kombucha is the perfect base for salad dressing as it is highly acidic and accommodates other flavors readily. Kombucha is naturally high in probiotics, antioxidants and very supportive of the immune system. Adding kombucha into salad dressing creates a synbiotic super food (when combined with prebiotic salad dressing ingredients such as apple cider vinegar, onion, honey, and other fiber rich prebiotics). The probiotics thrive in the presence of prebiotics and form the ultimate synbiotic in your digestive tract.
What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is an ancient fermented drink made of tea and sugar. It contains a variety of vitamins, minerals and enzymes and has been prized by many cultures for its health-promoting properties. Specifically, Kombucha is a sweetened tea that is fermented with a SCOBY (a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) to become a nutrient-rich beverage with many beneficial acids and yeasts. During the fermentation process, the SCOBY consumes over 90% of the sugar, resulting in a low-sugar finished product. Once a very obscure drink, Kombucha is now a very popular beverage available even at Costco, Walmart and most grocery stores.
Kombucha Benefits and Probiotics
This ancient health elixir is attributed with many health benefits. The nutrient spectrum of Kombucha is wonderful for supporting the body in various ways. It is important to note that while there is an abundance of anecdotal evidence from avid Kombucha supporters, studies about Kombucha are fairly rare in the US. Based on studies from the journal of medicine and other scientific journals Kombucha may help the body function well by supporting:
- Liver detoxification: High in Glucaric acid, which is beneficial to the liver and aids its natural detoxification.
- Improved pancreas function.
- Increased energy.
- Better digestion: Fermented foods and drinks like Kombucha contains billions of beneficial bacteria, enzymes and acids that help keep the gut in balance.
- Improved mood (helps with anxiety/depression).
- Reducing Candida (yeast).
- Helps nutrient assimilation.
- May be beneficial for weight loss.
The concentration of beneficial enzymes and acids present in Kombucha, including Gluconacetobacter, Lactobacillus and Zygosaccharomyces, appear to be the catalyst for these health benefits.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.