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Kombucha and Whole 30

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Created April 12, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Does anyone know if Kombucha is ok during Whole 30 challenge?

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on January 10, 2013
at 05:54 PM

Got a link? Thx

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on April 16, 2012
at 12:25 AM

also whole30 has a great forum now for questions like this!

2a0f1afde303eadc422d015fc22f7512

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on April 16, 2012
at 12:25 AM

Careful - some do have added cane juice and other sugars!

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on April 12, 2012
at 10:28 PM

There is no caffiene if you use decaf tea, sugar is eliminated during the fermenting process, and it is amazing stuff. Easy to make too, and very cheap.

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on April 12, 2012
at 08:23 PM

Like the sugar, most of the caffeine is used up during fermentation.

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on April 12, 2012
at 06:01 PM

I think it depends on what kind of tea you use, but I could be completely wrong :-P

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on April 12, 2012
at 04:26 PM

Ah, thanks, Elle. I haven't made my own but I wouldn't mind tea that is a little more sour than the original GT's I've been getting.

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on April 12, 2012
at 03:23 PM

From what I understand, the sugar is just a "food" for the bacteria/yeast. Once it's brewed, the content is negligible. If it's something you're concerned about, you can brew the tea for longer, so more sugar is used up. The result is a more sour tea though.

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on April 12, 2012
at 02:48 PM

Hmm, I was under the impression that it contained mushrooms in the starter culture. My bad!

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on April 12, 2012
at 02:15 PM

Oooof - I wouldn't call the yeast and bacteria used to make kombucha a mushroom (even though people often do). But whatever, it's a mildly fermented tea and tasty. :-)

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on June 22, 2012
at 01:33 AM

I recommend fermenting your own. It's super easy, and insanely cheaper than 3 dollars a bottle for the store-bought kind.

I keep my batches going year round, and wait until they're perfectly sour before drinking them. Every time I sip a GT now I gag on the sweetness -- I can tell they are only partly fermented and still contain a /lot/ of unused sugar.

I also use decaffeinated black teas, sometimes throw a bit of honeybush in there as well. GT's is caffeinated -- and caffeine is not in the least affected by fermentation, contrary to popular thought. (Remember that chocolate is a fermented food, plenty of caffeine left in that.)

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on January 10, 2013
at 05:54 PM

Got a link? Thx

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on May 10, 2012
at 07:29 PM

I would think a well fermented water kefir would be much better on whole 9. Kombucha often still has quite a bit of sugar in it. If you aren't fermenting your own I would highly recommend a few of the low-sugar/cal varities of Kevita.

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on May 25, 2012
at 12:02 AM

It is approved (if there are no funky ingredients otherwise that is)! And it's also a great question for http://forum.whole9life.com!

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on April 12, 2012
at 05:01 PM

Does anyone know if kombucha has caffeine in it?

662a4ea915eb7c758bdd797d77ead7b6

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on April 12, 2012
at 10:28 PM

There is no caffiene if you use decaf tea, sugar is eliminated during the fermenting process, and it is amazing stuff. Easy to make too, and very cheap.

65bba2aa1de77b31c373c1a390c43ca8

(423)

on April 12, 2012
at 06:01 PM

I think it depends on what kind of tea you use, but I could be completely wrong :-P

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on April 12, 2012
at 08:23 PM

Like the sugar, most of the caffeine is used up during fermentation.

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A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

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on April 12, 2012
at 02:59 PM

I've had this question, too. It does have some sugar in it. Would be very interested in the reply. I've debated doing a Whole30 reset. Though, I think the only think I would eliminate is the occasional dark chocolate and much more occasional red wine. I would love to drink some kombucha if I am giving up the wine.

65bba2aa1de77b31c373c1a390c43ca8

(423)

on April 12, 2012
at 03:23 PM

From what I understand, the sugar is just a "food" for the bacteria/yeast. Once it's brewed, the content is negligible. If it's something you're concerned about, you can brew the tea for longer, so more sugar is used up. The result is a more sour tea though.

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

(4181)

on April 12, 2012
at 04:26 PM

Ah, thanks, Elle. I haven't made my own but I wouldn't mind tea that is a little more sour than the original GT's I've been getting.

2a0f1afde303eadc422d015fc22f7512

(1118)

on April 16, 2012
at 12:25 AM

Careful - some do have added cane juice and other sugars!

2a0f1afde303eadc422d015fc22f7512

(1118)

on April 16, 2012
at 12:25 AM

also whole30 has a great forum now for questions like this!

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1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on April 12, 2012
at 01:58 PM

It's just fermented mushroom juice. Yes, it's totally okay!

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 12, 2012
at 02:48 PM

Hmm, I was under the impression that it contained mushrooms in the starter culture. My bad!

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on April 12, 2012
at 02:15 PM

Oooof - I wouldn't call the yeast and bacteria used to make kombucha a mushroom (even though people often do). But whatever, it's a mildly fermented tea and tasty. :-)

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