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 Post subject: Why is kombucha so low in calories and sugar? Is it a lie?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 3:26 pm 
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What is up with kombucha tasting just as sweet as other beverages (bottled iced tea, for example) but have a fraction of the sugar and calories? I mean, my bottle say it's 30 calories and only 2g sugar for a serving, and there are 1.6 servings. So it's essentially 45 calories and 3g sugar. That seems...impossible. So can someone explain: Is it magic? Is it trickery? Is it real?

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I've been making a ton of kombucha recently and have actually been wondering the same thing.

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It's probably fermentation witchcraft.

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 Post subject: Re: Why is kombucha so low in calories and sugar? Is it a li
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Whaaaaaaaaaat. It's sweet?! My partner and I tried it once, and it tasted like straight-up vinegar. Did we get a bad one? I know it's fermented, but maaaaan, it was nasty. From that taste, I can totally see it being only 2g of sugar.

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 Post subject: Re: Why is kombucha so low in calories and sugar? Is it a li
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The second ingredient is sugar.

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Weird kombucha logic....does the mother eat most of the sugar away and impart the flavor? (ignore me)

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 Post subject: Re: Why is kombucha so low in calories and sugar? Is it a li
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No, I mean, it has to be something like that or a lie. Too bad there's no way to research it.

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it's gotta have something to do with the mother using it for fermentation purposes. So I guess rather than using the ingredients to create the nutrition label, they had it tested in a lab and saw that there wasn't any actual sugar. I don't know why it tastes sweet though. Kombucha has never tasted sweet to me, but I also just hate that fermented taste, so it could just be me.

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 Post subject: Re: Why is kombucha so low in calories and sugar? Is it a li
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also from googling, i wonder why there are 7g of carbohydrates, but only 2 grams of sugar. what are the other carbs?

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 Post subject: Re: Why is kombucha so low in calories and sugar? Is it a li
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I make no claims as to veracity of content but this site says the culture eats the sugar.

http://www.kombuchakamp.com/2011/02/sug ... op-10.html

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 Post subject: Re: Why is kombucha so low in calories and sugar? Is it a li
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My guess would be that the batch that gets tested has been left fermenting longer than the stuff you find in stores so there's probably more sugar in it than advertised.

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 Post subject: Re: Why is kombucha so low in calories and sugar? Is it a li
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The first time I bought Kombucha I had no idea what it was and i took it to an AA meeting. I was so embarrassed when i opened it and it smelled boozy.

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blondiefk wrote:
The first time I bought Kombucha I had no idea what it was and i took it to an AA meeting. I was so embarrassed when i opened it and it smelled boozy.

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 Post subject: Re: Why is kombucha so low in calories and sugar? Is it a li
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vegimator wrote:
My guess would be that the batch that gets tested has been left fermenting longer than the stuff you find in stores so there's probably more sugar in it than advertised.

Yeah, there's got to be. Because even when I make iced tea at home with agave and use something like 8g of sugar per glass, it still doesn't taste anywhere near as sweet as kombucha.

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ijustdiedinside wrote:
also from googling, i wonder why there are 7g of carbohydrates, but only 2 grams of sugar. what are the other carbs?


Some of them are alcohol. But 5g of alcohol would be around 2.5%, which probably couldn't be sold as a non-alcoholic beverage .... So the rest are clearly GHOST CARBOHYDRATES.

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 Post subject: Re: Why is kombucha so low in calories and sugar? Is it a li
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I'll bet there's discussion about this on diabetic boards.....ie if it causes a blood sugar spike.


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tofucheez wrote:
I'll bet there's discussion about this on diabetic boards.....ie if it causes a blood sugar spike.


I googled it and I did indeed see some internet diabetic people saying this is the case.

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I don't think kombucha is sweet at all! What kind are you buying?

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 Post subject: Re: Why is kombucha so low in calories and sugar? Is it a li
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GT or Synergy, whatever it's called, which is the super popular one. And more recently Reed's, which I love because it's really gingery. But all the brands I've tried have been fairly sweet.

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Maybe you're a super-taster, and kombucha is your trigger food, like your mutant puberty.

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I got my sister-in-law addicted to kombucha, so every time she buys one I take a sip. The mango GT one is really sweet because of the mango and I really don't believe it's only five percent juice, because the grape flavor is the one that made me forcefully spit it out and declare kombucha to be the devil's crotch sweat.

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declare kombucha to be the devil's crotch sweat.


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