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What is kombucha?
Kombucha is fermented tea made by placing probiotic Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast (SCOBY) in brewed—and sweetened—tea for a designated amount of time. The SCOBY takes fuel provided from the sugar and nutrients; overtime the tea becomes sweet, tart, and somewhat fizzy.
What is a SCOBY?
Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast (SCOBY) is what makes kombucha a live, healthy, and fizzy drink. SCOBY is a light mass of cellulose—known as biofilm or “living skin”—that physically hosts bacteria, yeast, and additional culture. The SCOBY grows as it ferments, creating a rich probiotic source. It’s also considered vegan leather.
And yes—the SCOBY is edible!
Is kombucha an alcoholic beverage?
Lapp It Up! Kombucha Tea is not classified as an alcoholic beverage. Various kombucha teas sold by competitors could be purchased as an alcoholic beverage, but not ours.
Legal classification within the United States defines an alcoholic beverage to contain a minimum of .5% alcohol percentage. That's half of one whole percent.
Our kombucha tea contains less alcohol than the minimal .5%; there is just enough to feed the SCOBY, the live culture inside the kombucha. This is just enough to gain the probiotics, antioxidants, and additional health benefits.
Always store kombucha tea in a controlled and chilled environment to prevent further fermentation. Failure to do so could become a risk of further fermentation and will raise the alcohol percentage.
How do I store kombucha?
Always store kombucha in a controlled and chilled environment to prevent fermentation. Failure to do such will risk further fermentation within the kombucha and raise the alcohol’s percentage.
When kombucha is stored in a chilled environment—such as a refrigerator—the fermentation will stop.
Is kombucha caffeinated?
Kombucha does contains small amounts of caffeine. An 8 oz glass of kombucha contains 1-12 mg of caffeine, while the average cup of coffee contains 72-186 mg of caffeine. That's a lot! Unlike coffee, kombucha also contains an amino acid by the name of L-Theanine; this amino acid is calming and helps relax the body.
You won't experience a caffeine crash when drinking kombucha!
Is kombucha sugary?
Lapp It Up! Kombucha Tea is fermented between 14-21 days. This results in a low-sugar kombucha. A minimal amount of pure-cane sugar is used while brewing; strictly providing the necessary fuel for the culture to grow. This allows healthier and yummier kombucha.
An 8 oz serving of our kombucha contains 2-4 grams of residual sugar. Keep in mind, however, the fermentation process breaks sugar down from sucrose into more digestible fructose and glucose. This means the remaining sugars in our kombucha will have a lower glycemic impact on your body than regular sugar.
Can diabetics drink kombucha?
Most diabetics can generally drink kombucha without spiking their blood sugar levels. As stated earlier, we use minimal sugar to brew our kombucha.
Of course, you should always check with your doctor first before making any dietary changes. If you’re diabetic, consider slowly introducing your body to the kombucha.
Try drinking a small amount with a meal or a source of protein first. Refrain from guzzling a whole bottle in a single sitting until it’s identified how your body reacts to the kombucha. Watch how your body reacts and drink accordingly based on individual judgement and/or professional medical advisement.
Advisement: Pregnancy and Lactation
Please check with your doctor and/or midwife before consuming kombucha in question of the safety of both you and your child. If professional advisement deems kombucha safe for consumption while pregnant or nursing, please use discretion.
If you’re new to drinking kombucha, it may not be the best time to start. However, if you are already drinking kombucha, it's probably fine to continue doing so.