With health centric beverages on the rise, you might be familiar with the delicious probiotic-rich fermented fizzy drink called kombucha. Kombucha is a fermented tea that has gained popularity in recent years for its numerous health benefits.
Kombucha is made by adding a culture of friendly bacteria and yeast (called a "SCOBY") to sweetened tea and allowing it to ferment for a week or more. The fermentation process produces probiotics, which are beneficial bacteria that can help improve digestion and give a boost to the immune system.
You might be wondering, “since kombucha is so beneficial for me, can I give it to my kids too?” Well, we are happy to report that one of the best things about kombucha is that it is actually a very safe, nutritious drink for kids to enjoy!
Here are a 4 reasons why kombucha is a great choice for kids:
1. Kombucha is naturally low in sugar.
During the fermentation process, the bacteria and yeast consume most of the sugar in the sweetened tea. This means that the sugar in a bottle or can of Buchi Kombucha is lower than the original tea.
The amount of sugar in kombucha is much lower than most other sugary drinks. For example, orange juice, chocolate milk, coke and Capri Sun all contain over 24g of sugar. Kombucha is less than half that!
Here’s a chart for an easy on the eye comparison:
- 8 oz of Buchi Kombucha contains up to 10-12 grams of sugar
- 8 oz of Minute Maid orange juice contains 24 grams of sugar
- 8 oz of Nesquik chocolate milk contains 24 grams of sugar
- 8 oz can of Coke contains 25 grams of sugar
- 6 oz of Capri Sun contains 20 grams of sugar
Whoa, that’s a lot of sugar in some of those drinks! As you can see, simply making the swap to kombucha will reduce the amount of sugar your little one is consuming.
2. Kombucha contains probiotics, which are beneficial for kids' health.
Probiotics are live and active microorganisms that can help improve the balance of good bacteria in the gut. Probiotics help with digestion, boost the immune system, and even reduce the risk of certain illnesses. All great things, right?! Kids can especially benefit from probiotics because their immune systems are still developing and they are more prone to getting sick. Being able to give kids beneficial probiotics along with a dose of fermented foods in a yummy drink is especially easy! Boost that gut health!