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By Yonni @vegandthecity
Food fads are common, especially when people assume health benefits can be derived from the latest and greatest item on the shelf.  One such product that has caught on in NYC is Kombucha.

Mature Kombucha

Kombucha seems to have originated in Northeast China, spreading to Russia and then to the rest of us.  It is a fermented tea-based drink that was supposedly called "Godly Tea" during the Chinese Qin Dynasty (221-206 BCE) because it was thought to be magical beverage that enabled people to live forever. Well, maybe it’s not true but it does make it an intriguing choice when you’re thirsty! According to an article in the New York Times, “the rise in kombucha’s popularity is part of a larger trend in ‘probiotic’ foods containing bacteria, which some studies suggest benefit digestion and boost the immune system.” Many researchers would argue that the benefits are hard to prove, but people looking for cold, brewed, tea-like organic beverages may find a favored choice in Kombucha over other sodas and carbonated beverages. To try some and see for yourself, swing by your local gourmet market or health food store, or Butterfield Market if you're in NYC and purchase a bottle today!

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