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“Super Tea” To Be Showcased In Manchester

Perhaps you’ve already heard of the new trendy pop-up food and drink concept, Hatch, that’s soon to be happening on Oxford Road, in Manchester. Hatch is going to be hosting a variety of exciting events and innovative new food traders this month.

Amongst the rich range of curious culinary delights, pop-up performances, and street food operators, there will also be one particularly eye-catching courtyard showcase – the kombucha stall.

The so called ‘super tea’ kombucha has been gaining immense popularity in recent years, with an abundance of health claims attached to it. Booch & Brine will be at the Hatch event on the 22nd May, giving out free samples of the fizzy fermented tea – but what exactly is it? And why is it slowly becoming the latest health craze?

A history of favouring the fermented

The popularity of fermented food and drink has certainly soared in the last few years, largely thanks to the increasing interest in good gut health. Due to this, kombucha, which is a mildly fizzy, slightly sour, fermented tea drink – has started to become one of the new must-have health boosting beverage. Especially as consumers continue to look for alternatives to processed fizzy drinks that are packed with sugar, or other artificial nasties.

It turns out humans have been favouring fermented tea drinks for over 2,000 years, and although its exact origins are unknown, it’s believed that China was one of the first civilizations to realise the benefits of drinking kombucha. According to legend, the ancient Chinese Emperor, Qin Shi Huang used to very much enjoy sipping the mystical brew.

Fast forward a millennia or two, and kombucha is now experiencing a new spike in sales and popularity.

What exactly is kombucha?

Essentially it’s a drink made from sweetened tea, and fermented with a specific culture of bacteria and yeast. The sugar in the tea is converted by the bacteria and yeasts into ethanol and acetic acid, giving the drink a distinctive sour taste.

Kombucha definitely has a homemade quality to it, and drinking it straight is certainly an acquired taste, due to it becoming slightly effervescent, with a vinegary smell after being fermented – nice!

For this reason fresh fruit juice and other flavors are frequently added to the tea at the end of the brewing process to make it more palatable.

The supposed health benefits

The ‘super tea’ is typically classified is a nonalcoholic, functional beverage, with a long list of health boosting benefits.

Here’s a handful of the health claims:

Aids detoxification

The tea is apparently teeming with enzymes and bacterial acids, all of which enhance natural detoxification.

Stimulates the immune system

Healthy gut bacteria contained in the drink, may help strengthen the immune system.

Improves digestion

It’s thought that the combination of organic acids, enzymes, and probiotics in the tea, could help promote better digestion, and even soothe an upset stomach.

Can prevent arthritis

Kombucha is said to contain glucosamine that can enhance hyaluronic acid production, which could help prevent, reduce, and treat different types of arthritic pain.

Enhance energy levels

As well as trace amount of caffeine, the tea contains B vitamins and iron, which can increase hemoglobin in the blood, and improve oxygen flow – energising the body.

These are just a few of the supposed benefits, which are helping to elevate the reputation of the fermented tea. It’s now not only appearing in quaint little hipster health shops, but also showing up on mainstream supermarket shelves.

However, it should also be noted that all of this needs to be taken with a pinch of salt.

Insubstantial evidence

Despite the numerous claims, there is still a lack of substantial evidence to suggest that the beneficial bacteria contained in kombucha, can even survive in the acidic environment of the stomach, let alone have a big enough impact to actually improve someone’s health.

It’s also important to note that there are some reported side effects, such a consuming too much of the tea leading to nausea and dizziness. Pregnant or breastfeeding women, or those who have a compromised immune system, are also advised not to consume kombucha.

The fermented functional tea drink could possibly have some beneficial effects on your health as part of a varied and balanced diet. If you’re still curious, and happen to be in Manchester this month, then you can check it out to see what the fuss is all about.

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