The internet is awesome, obviously. But by golly, it can get murky when you're trying to sort out fact from fiction.
Take kombucha, for instance. While the humble fermented tea has been around for thousands of years, it is still a relatively mysterious and unknown drink to many people. They turn to the good ol' google machine to find out more and come away either confused or misinformed.
Luckily, you've come to the right place. Team Remedy is here to cut through the fake news and dispel the myths about kombucha!
MYTH 1: All kombucha is low in sugar
TRUTH: Make sure you check the label
Sugar is an essential ingredient in making kombucha. Most of the sugar in kombucha should be consumed during fermenting, but that’s not always the case, so you should always check the sugar content on the nutrition label.
The amount of sugar left in the final product depends on the length of fermentation. At Remedy, we follow a small-batch, long-aged 30-day brewing process to remove all sugar. Remedy is the only kombucha to have an official tick of approval from Sarah Wilson and her team at I Quit Sugar.
MYTH 2: You should only drink a small amount
TRUTH: Trust your gut
We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all prescription for how much kombucha you should drink. We do, however, recommend incorporating it into your daily diet to truly experience the benefits. Most of the team at Remedy have a glass with each meal. It helps with digestion and is a super easy way to get into the habit of including something fermented, natural and unpasteurised into your daily diet for overall health and wellbeing.
MYTH 3: Kombucha is alcoholic
TRUTH: It is a non-alcoholic beverage
Like many fermented foods and drinks, a trace amount of alcohol is produced during the natural process of making kombucha. At Remedy, we thoroughly test each and every batch to ensure that this does not go above 0.5% as per national standards for non-alcoholic drinks. Aussie comedian Dave Hughes – who hasn’t had an alcoholic drink for 25 years - put this to the test on live radio by drinking six bottles of Remedy in two hours and taking a breathalyser test, with the result showing 0.00.
MYTH 4: Kombucha is a cure-all
TRUTH: It's one part of a healthy diet
Kombucha doesn’t “cure” anything, but it can help return your body to balance by improving gut health and overall wellbeing. When kombucha is made the traditional way, and is kept raw and unpasteurised like Remedy, it means it is full of live cultures, organic acids and antioxidants, which all have proven health benefits.
MYTH 5: Kombucha is high in caffeine
TRUTH: It's super low
While kombucha is made from tea, the potency of the caffeine is reduced as a natural part of the fermentation process. The end result will vary from kombucha to kombucha, depending on the tea used and the length of fermentation. In addition to brewing out all of the sugar, our long-aged brewing process reduces the caffeine levels. Each serve of Remedy has less than 10mg of caffeine. To put this into perspective, tea or coffee can contain more than 100mg of caffeine depending on the type of coffee and how strongly it is brewed and a can of cola will contain around 35mg.