AD| Kombucha is something that I’ve seen other people drink across social media but I’ve never tried it myself. So I’ve just had a case of REAL Kombucha Dry Dragon to try.
I’m going to talk about what kombucha is and the benefits of kombucha later in the post, but first I want to talk to you about Dry Dragon.
- REAL Kombucha Dry Dragon
- What is Kombucha?
- Is there caffeine in Kombucha?
- What are the Benefits of Drinking Kombucha Tea?
- An alcohol free life
REAL Kombucha Dry Dragon
REAL Kombucha Dry Dragon is likened to a sparkling Sauvignon Blanc. It’s got notes of lemons and grapefruit and is a great non-alcoholic alternative to wine. So if you want to stop drinking or reduce your alcohol intake, this product is for you.
I’ve never tried kombucha before and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I half expected it to have a bitter taste like green tea.
Now, I have done Dry January enough times that I know a thing or two about alcohol-free drinks. I’ve tried a fair few of them over the past few years – especially sparkling wine and white wine and I have to admit that I was impressed when I tasted REAL Kombucha Dry Dragon. It didn’t taste like a tea at all – it tasted like an alcohol-free sparkling wine.
I enjoyed it in a wine glass while making dinner. It gives me that feeling of drinking something a bit special at the end of the day while cooking. I don’t drink much alcohol these days, but when I do I just have a glass of wine (or two!) while I’m cooking our evening meal and with food. So it replaces that for me when I want to cut down.
Because even though I don’t drink a lot, if I’ve got an open bottle of wine in the fridge I’ll drink it over three or four days (unless my partner gets involved – then a bottle of wine lasts us two days). Like a lot of people, over Christmas, this becomes a regular occurrence. In January, we (my partner and I) both like to reset and eat a few extra vegetables and drink a bit less alcohol.
So for me, REAL Dragon Kombucha ticks all the boxes for an alcohol-free alternative. It’s refreshing, it still feels like an adult drink and it’s good for you! It only has 15 calories per 100ml, compared with sparkling wine which has around 70 calories per 100ml (depending on the type).
If you are someone who loves to pair their glass of wine with food, then Real Kombucha’s website has a section on pairing food with their Dry Dragon and Royal Flush drinks.
So, now we’re a fan of Real Kombucha Dry Dragon, let’s find out more about this magic drink.
What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is a fermented, probiotic drink that has been around for centuries. It is made with a mixture of sugar, tea, and bacteria or yeast. The bacteria and yeast are mixed with the sugar to form the kombucha culture which is then added to black tea.
The bacteria and yeast break down the sugar and convert it into alcohol (ethanol) and carbon dioxide gas. The ethanol gives kombucha its characteristic tangy taste while the carbon dioxide makes it fizzy.
The fermentation process also produces nutrients that can be good for our health such as B vitamins, probiotics, enzymes, flavonoids (antioxidants), polyphenols (antioxidants), and more.
Is there caffeine in Kombucha?
There is a small amount of caffeine in kombucha, as it’s made from tea But REAL Kombucha have a blog article about caffeine and they estimate that a glass of their kombucha has about 10% of the caffeine in a cup of coffee.
What are the Benefits of Drinking Kombucha Tea?
Kombucha tea is a fermented, lightly effervescent and mildly sweetened black or green tea that is produced by the fermentation of tea using a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast.
Kombucha has been used as an ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years. It has been used as a remedy for many different things. Before we talk about the benefits of kombucha, I want to stress that I would never suggest anyone stop taking advice and medical care from their doctor, I do believe things like this are a good complimentary extra for you to include in your diet to help, alongside medical treatment. Much like how you would eat lots of fruit to stay healthy.
The most prominent and significant benefits of drinking kombucha tea are its rejuvenating effects and antioxidant properties, it’s thought to help some of the following:
Kombucha increases metabolism
Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) found in the green tea of some types of kombucha is said to increase the metabolism. It’s not a complete answer to weight loss as the evidence doesn’t point to it speeding its up loads, but every little helps, right?
May prevent cancer
Growing evidence suggests that kombucha can help to prevent cancer as the antioxidant properties help the body to get rid of some of the harmful substances that may promote the growth of cancerous cells.
Aids liver health
It’s thought that the detoxifying properties of kombucha mean that the liver doesn’t have to work as hard.
Kombucha contains good bacteria which may have the ability to support good gut health and help constipation.
Could lower blood sugar
Some evidence suggests that the tea could help blood sugar and be a complementary treatment for diabetes!
May reduce inflammation
Chronic inflammation is involved in almost all health conditions, including heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, allergies, and respiratory illnesses such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Again, kombucha isn’t going to cure these, but it can be something worth having in your diet to complement your medical treatment and ease symptoms.
This is because the teas used to make kombucha contain polyphenols. These are antioxidants that can lessen inflammation in the body, according to the Journal of Chemistry review.
Boosts the immune system
Gut health is the key to a strong immune system – so the fact that kombucha helps the digestive system also means it boosts the immune system as a lot of antibodies are made in the intestine lining.
Could help depression
Studies suggest that kombucha may help to boost the production of serotonin, which is a hormone that stabilises your mood.
Helps maintain a healthy weight
There are fewer calories and sugar in kombucha than fizzy drinks and then in alcohol! So drinking it avoids consuming excessive calories and weight gain.
As you’ve probably noticed – a lot of these are ‘may help’ and ‘could reduce..’ etc. There isn’t enough studies and evidence yet, but this article links to supporting studies and evidence of what we know so far.
But there’s nothing to lose by drinking kombucha really! Even if doesn’t have all the benefits above, or not to the extent of making a noticeable difference to your health, it’s still a tasty drink that is better for you than reaching for a bottle of wine or coke.
An alcohol free life
If you’ve read my blog before, then you will know that I’ve toyed with the idea of quitting alcohol for good a few times. The older I get, the worse alcohol makes me feel. I used to drink a lot in my 20’s but now I’ve slowed down, after having a baby.
But I do find that even a glass of wine can disrupt my sleep and make me feel a bit groggy in the morning. It’s a fact that I’m not as rested, motivated or productive after a drink. Although I’m not sure if I want to swear alcohol for good, I do want to reduce my intake to one or two drinks one evening a week! Which I do most of the time, it’s when things like Christmas or other occasions come up that I get a bit sip happy!
But now I have a few bottles of REAL Kombucha in my drinks cupboard so if I do get that midweek urge – I know which cork I’ll be popping!