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> From: joetryb at nbn.com (Joe Trybyszewski)
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> Subject: Re: KOMBUCHA - what is it?
> Date: Mon, 22 May 1995 18:05:34 GMT
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>>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.
>>>> Kombu is plant of sea. Cha is tea.