bacterial cellulose in kombucha scobyAnyone who has ever brewed kombucha tea knows that the bacterial cellulose that makes up the spongy SCOBY culture is some pretty strong stuff.

The material is so strong and flexible that green leaning fashion designers sometimes use it to make kombucha based clothing! In essence,

kombucha mythsI first started brewing the fermented tea known as kombucha in 2001 when I was pregnant with my second child. It’s a good thing I ignored the kombucha myths that that were circulating at the time else I never would have tried it at all!

Sipping small amounts on a daily basis proved very helpful in relieving some of the hip and low back pain I was experiencing at the time.

bottles of store kombuchaIn early 2012, I wrote an article about how kombucha can be helpful to rebalancing the microbiota in the gut. It also explored whether drinking kombucha if you have candida is a good idea.

Since then, however, there have been some drastic changes to the kombucha industry that needed to be analyzed,

save scoby from fruit fliesThe fruit flies are really a challenge in my neck of the woods this year – much more so than in any years past that I remember. Fruit flies love, and I mean looove, kombucha and its cousin made with honey, Jun tea, also called kombucha champagne.

kombucha salad dressingUnless lowfat or nonfat, misguided dietitians and nutritionists frequently advise against salad dressings. This is due to widespread confusion about fats – which ones are healthy and which are not. In some cases, lemon juice is recommended to dress a salad. Talk about tasteless and unappetizing fare!  

SarahThe Healthy Home Economist holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

The lunch police have struck again. First, there was the story of a preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School in North Carolina who was given a highly processed, cafeteria lunch containing pink slime chicken nuggets on January 30, 2012 because the school decided that the turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips,

traveling with kombuchaOur family enjoys lots of outdoor activities during the warmer months, but heat, humidity, sweat and thirst just seem to go hand in hand, don’t they?  To stay hydrated and comfortable while you are enjoying all that summertime recreation, skip the sports drinks full of GMO high fructose corn syrup or hidden artificial sweeteners and opt for the delicious,