KOMBUCHA? YOU BETCHA!
While kombucha may be one of the trendiest beverages around, it dates back to around 220 BC in what is now Manchuria, China. Tart, barely sweet and lightly e ervescent, kombucha is made by double fermenting black or green tea. Many of its purported health benefits have not been backed by science, but as in all fermented foods, kombucha’s good bacteria are great for digestion. This functional beverage also contains approximately one-third of the calories of regular soda pop. First bottled in 1995, GT’s is the widely available pioneer in the modern kombucha movement—its Gingerade is terrific—and Rise from Quebec is excellent, especially the Hibiscus & Rose Hips flavour.