Microbes and You: Home Brewed Bacteria Health Drink?

by Peter Flynn, BA Psychology

Health crazes, fads, and exotic diets have grown in popularity since the 21st century.  People desire to be healthy and will go to pretty extreme measures to attain good health.  But how far would you go?

Would you be willing to drink sweetened black that tea, that has been fermenting in room temperature for about nine days in a pool of microbnes?  Well if you answer yes to this question, then Kombucha is right for you.  This sweetened tea has been transformed into an evanescent, lightly carbonated, semi-sweet beverage, chock full of probiotics and antioxidants.

How?  Through the introduction of a SCOBY, a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast.  The brown, rubbery, frisbee shaped microbes live off the simple sugars in the sweetened tea, eating them and converting them into probiotics and antioxidants beneficial to detoxification, joint care, digestion, gut health, and immune boosting.

But perhaps this long list of terminology has made you feel like Romeo longing for his far off Juliet, making you think this desirable elixir is too far off.  Well don’t buy into that lie!  This potent potion can easily be made in your own kitchen for the price equivalent to that of a fast food burrito.  All one needs is a gallon glass jar, a gallon of water, a cup of table sugar, twelve tea bags, and a starting bottle of Kombucha that one can purchase at any health foods store.

Don’t wait any longer!  Grab your ingredients and grow the culture, capable of bringing you years of healthful living!

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This blog post was an assignment for  Societal Issues: Pesticides, Alternatives and the Environment (PLNTPTH 4597). The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the class, Department of Plant Pathology or the instructor

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