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KOMBUCHA - what is it?

Joe Trybyszewski joetryb at nbn.com
Mon May 22 13:05:34 EST 1995

HACKR at .isu.edu wrote:

>I have just run into the mysterious kombucha tea, and I have found
>that sound information is hard to track down.  Could someone point me 
>in a direction.  Apparantly the criticism of the information available
>is that it the studies haven't been very recent.  I plan to do some
>of my own studies with GC and HPLC.  More specifically, I would 
>like to now what happens with the black tea ingredients.  Does the
>"mushroom" metabalizes the stuff?  Also, there are claims that it
>supplies minerals.  Where does it get minerals, since tea and sugar are
>the only ingredients?  I highly doubt it is carrying on fusion.  It
>would be helpful to know what is in the Lipton tea that I use.
>Could someone please help me out?

Kombucha is not a mushroom.  Paul Stamets, a noted mycologist,
describes it as a symbiotic combination of yeasts and bacterias.
I would expect its activity on the black tea and sugar is a
combination of the type of fermentation which takes place with
producing beer, and the "rising" of dough when making bread.
The result is a fermented tea which alledgedly contains beneficial
bacteria, antibiotics, enzymes and other substances, hopefully all
non-harmfull.  Stamets warns this may not be true given the unclean
environments the tea is usually prepare and fermented in.

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