Kombucha Tea has definitely become trendy, at least in the Western world. So much so, that it is available at almost every health food store. However, not much is publically known regarding Kombucha and pasteurization. For the very big brands in countries like the US & UK, Kombucha is regulated because it is a fermented drink, and fermented drinks contain low levels of alcohol. Unpasteurized Kombucha will continue to ferment once the SCOBY has been removed, even after bottling, which could raise the alcohol content if the drink remains standing for any length of time.
But, like any unpasteurized product, the good bacteria will remain intact, maintaining its probiotic value – the very reason it’s so popular. Once pasteurized, all the good bacteria are destroyed, and like skim milk, it will become denatured, having very few health benefits.
There’s a lot of controversy over the pasteurization process. Those in favor of pasteurization argue that the process kills off unwanted bacteria, and regulates the alcohol content. Those against pasteurization argue that it kills of all the probiotic and enzymes – the very essence of the tea itself.
From my perspective the real benefits of drinking Kombucha tea can only be found in the raw, unpasteurized variety. In fact, you could say that about anything, dairy included!
Drinking Kombucha in its raw form has a soothing, healing quality in the stomach, unlike pasteurized tea, which is like drinking soda. Try for yourself, and see the difference in how you feel.
Raw Kombucha should be labeled as such, and should have floaty, gelatinous blobs in the liquid. This is the “mother” – the most beneficial part of the tea. As with anything new, it’s important to do your research before buying a product. If you are unsure about whether the brand is pasteurized or not, you have every right to enquire. Remember, you’re the consumer, and you have a right to have your tea the way you like it!
As a species we have largely lost our connection to the benefits of fermented foods; instead living in a world of sterile, pasteurized foods and medications, which strip our bodies of good bacteria. Let’s not forget that human have safely and effectively fermented foods as far back as history goes. It’s only in the 20th and 21st centuries that we have begun to rely on industrialized, pasteurized foods over what our ancestors trusted for centuries.
The Bliss Body Kombucha Tea is homemade, unpasteurized, and carefully fermented to control alcohol levels. Women who have never drunk Kombucha should use caution if drinking it for the first time while pregnant or nursing.
- Aids digestion
- Relieves joint pain and arthritis
- Regulates bowel movement
- Fights candida
- Detoxifies the liver
- Boosts energy
- Curbs hunger