When selecting a kombucha drink, you may have noticed that there are many options to choose from. Aside from the vast and varied flavors available on store shelves, some kombucha is labeled as organic, some as raw, and some as organic and raw kombucha. But what does that actually mean in terms of what is in the bottle and how it is made?
If the kombucha tea is certified organic, it means that at least 95 percent of the ingredients used are organic. In other words, they were grown naturally without the use of any synthetic fertilizers or pesticides and have not been genetically modified (i.e. – they are non-GMO). Many people look for organic products because they want to ensure they’re not consuming any potentially harmful chemicals.
Organic kombucha is very common since so few ingredients are often used, but make sure to check the label. While the tea, sugar, and SCOBY may be organic, the challenge comes when other flavors are added. Look for products that use organic cold-pressed juices, natural herbs and spices, as Health-Ade does, to flavor the beverage.
Just because the kombucha is organic does not necessarily mean it is raw, and vice versa. Whether or not a kombucha drink is raw depends on if it was pasteurized. There is a certain temperature range that kombucha must ferment at to be considered raw, and in order to remove potentially harmful bacteria, some producers will heat up the kombucha tea (a process known as pasteurization). However, the heat doesn’t just eliminate the bad bacteria, it also kills off the healthy bacteria, which is one of the main reasons many people drink kombucha in the first place. Some manufacturers will add probiotics back in after pasteurization, but they are not the same as the natural bacteria produced during fermentation.
Commercially produced, unpasteurized kombucha goes through rigorous testing to ensure that it is safe and does not contain harmful bacteria. That means that raw kombucha has been safely manufactured and tested before it is sold.
Choosing a Kombucha Drink
As with any food or beverage, you should always be sure to read the entire label when buying a kombucha drink. If you want an organic kombucha, look for the organic seal from the United States Drug Administration (USDA) certifying the ingredients used. Read the ingredient list to see if you recognize everything included; it should be free from chemicals and processed additives.
Also, if you’re looking to use it as a health aid, kombucha should be raw. That means that it still contains the natural, healthy probiotics, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants from the fermentation process and ingredients used. Remember that commercially manufactured kombucha must go through testing to ensure it meets safety standards, so you know you’ll benefit from all of the good stuff found in kombucha!
Health-Ade uses organic ingredients and does not pasteurize its kombucha, creating a bubbly, raw and organic kombucha. Health-Ade flavors with high quality, organic produce, delivering a beverage that pleases every palate. The next time you’re looking for a kombucha drink, reach for Health-Ade Kombucha.