Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Food Review : Bucha Bill

There's an interesting group in Akron, called the Akron Cooking Coalition. I think the purpose of the group is to educate people about the health benefits of veggie or vegan eating. I completely disagree with that theory and won't support it. But I found the group because it hosts potlucks in my neighborhood. Originally, the potlucks were more frequent, but they seemed to have died down. Nevertheless, from those potlucks, I've made acquaintances with many interesting people in my neighborhood, and I tend to run into them from time to time.

One of the most interesting characters is this guy named Bill who is very into different health practices and is always full of new and interesting information, prompting me to look shit up. One of the things he does, and something that many in the ACC love, is kombucha. Kombucha is a fermented drink that is fizzy and strange. Some people drink it as an alternative to alcohol. My friend, Steph, drank kombucha instead of alcohol when she was doing Whole 30. Kombucha was brought to the potlucks from time to time and I sampled it, though I didn't like it.

Recently, I ran into Bucha Bill at the farmer's market and was happy to see that his kombucha hobby had become a business. He was selling 4-packs, so I bought some. Maybe my taste buds have expanded over the years, but I found his fizzy concoctions absolutely delicious. I took them on a camping trip and offered some to Adam. He was game to try it but didn't like it enough to finish his bottle!

Unfortunately, the internet seems to be full of untruthful articles about the dangers of kombucha. There are reports that people have died from drinking it. Because I came across this nonsense, it triggered a panic attack for me, and I delved deeper into the truth. The truth is that kombucha probably doesn't solve all the medical problems. But the further truth is that it also doesn't cause any medical problems. If anyone has fallen ill as a direct result of drinking kombucha, which has never been ill, it is more likely that the process was not fully sanitary and is not because of the actual drink.

I wholeheartedly recommend Bucha Bill's Kombucha, and you can buy it locally at Miss Julie's Kitchen. Bill is absolutely dedicate to a clean process and I have no doubt that his kombucha is totally safe. Sadly, the internet is often littered with articles with no basis in fact or actual evidence. If you don't live in the area, it's unlikely you can try this particular kombucha, but maybe you can find a local health food place that sells something similar. However, if you ever have the pleasure of visiting Akron, I suggest you get your hands on this drink...it's fizzy and earthy and delicious and you would be supporting a local artist whom I have the pleasure of knowing!

7 comments:

  1. I adore kombucha.Different people make it different ways but his style sounds like the earthy closer-to-ginger-ale type that is really delicious. I don't believe it's a wonder drink but from my research and experience the pro-biotics make the drink amazing for aiding in digestion. It's on my overlong to-do list to bottle some at home.

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    1. I think, especially for Floridians, that it's a great alternative to alcohol or soda. It's a cool and fizzy drink that doesn't dehydrate. Perfect for a hot night. You definitely have to write about it if you end up brewing some!

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    2. Indeed it is. I started drinking it for health but I want to stop drinking almost entirely and intend to bring some with me on social outings. Home brewed stuff gives more of a tiny buzz than store bought ones. But anyone expecting a "beer" level of buzz would be disappointed.

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  2. Huh! I've never had it, but I'm sold on trying it at some point. I definately need to branch off from my daily dew.

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    1. Well, come to Ohio and I'll hook you up! But seriously, I'm positive there's kombucha in Orlando!

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  3. I agree with you on the claims of danger from Kombucha. As with anything the process must be sanitary to ensure safety AND there must be moderation used in it's consumption. For God's sake people can die from drinking too much water! I feel people get overly cautious when someone is harmed by something they've never tried or don't completely understand. Over eating, heavy drinking, eating spoiled (not to be confused with fermented) foods, consuming items that haven't been properly preserved can all be harmful. We just need to be balanced in our view of things.

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    1. Well, most of what you said isn't really true. Eating or drinking things in moderation is a myth. While it's true that people can die from the overconsumption of water (or any liquid), resulting in hyponatremia, it's not really useful to support your claim. There is nothing to agree with about the danger of kombucha. It's a fact that kombucha isn't dangerous, only that unsanitary food practices can be dangerous. I don't believe we need to be balanced in our view of things. I think that's a convenient myth perpetuated by our culture.

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