Kombucha: What is it and is it halal?
Is Kombucha halal? What is it anyway and why do I keep hearing about it?
Kombucha, the fermented tea beverage that has gained massive popularity over the past few years due to the many health benefits it possesses. But, when we see the word "fermented" we automatically assume it is an alcoholic beverage and therefore haram. Let's dig into this further and find out!
First, what is Kombucha?
Kombucha's origins can be traced back to Russia but is more commonly associated with Chinese culture for the past thousands of years. It is a fermented probiotic drink that is said to have amazing health benefits. It's made with tea, sugar, a SCOBY ( an acronym for symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) which is usually from a previously brewed batch of Kombucha. Most of the sugar and caffeine are used up in the fermentation process leaving you with all the healthy bacteria your body needs and craves. The end result is a lightly naturally carbonated and tasty tea drink usually served cold.
What are the health benefits of Kombucha?
After being fermented Kombucha contains vinegar, b-vitamins, enzymes, probiotics and a high concentration of acid (acetic, gluconic and lactic). These results of the chemical and biological reaction of the fermentation process are tied to the following effects on your body.
- Improved Digestion
- Weight Loss
- Increased Energy
- Cleansing and Detoxification
- Immune Support
- Reduced Joint Pain
- Cancer Prevention
It should be noted that Kombucha doesn't necessarily cure or cause these effects, but it brings your body into balance so that it can function properly to allow these effects to take place naturally. You can read in more detail abut how kombucha can help with these effects here. It is recommended that kombucha is consumed daily in small doses (4oz) to maintain a healthy balance.
Is Kombucha Halal?
When we hear the word "fermented" we automatically turn the other way and assume it is not halal. However, with kombucha, the general consensus is that, YES, it is, halal. You can read more about this here. Fermentation is simply a natural biological reaction. If you eat bananas then you should have no issue with drinking kombucha. A ripe banana has more naturally occurring alcohol than kombucha.
The amount of alcohol in the final product is so low and insignificant that it would have no effect on the person drinking it. There is no added alcohol and only naturally occurring alcohol that is common in many fruits.
Are you convinced yet? Kombucha is readily available at health food stores, grocery stores, and even your local cafes. There are a variety of brands and flavours on the market now. You can even make your own kombucha using the SCOBY leftover from a store bought bottle. How cool is that?
Grab a couple bottles and tell us what flavours of kombucha you like best and you feel after drinking it regularly.