Kombucha made the authentic, traditional, natural way

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Increasingly, we're all refining our awareness of what we're putting into our bodies, and the consequences of that consumption. We know that natural and raw is best, but we don't always know why or what we should be eating and drinking to make that philosophy a reality.

At TONICKA Kombucha, we have been making it our mission - for over six years now - to enable the community to drink healthily and enjoy themselves along the way! That is why we place a heavy emphasis on brewing our Kombucha using only traditional methods.

In particular, one topic we are adamant about, is the absence of artificial sweeteners from TONICKA. We do not add Stevia and we do not use the controversial Erythritol either. The only sugar that goes into our Kombucha is the small amount needed to ferment and create the delicious 8-week brew that we all love so much.

Now, you may have heard a buzz recently around Erythritol as a miracle "cheat" way to gain sweetness without calories. However if you dig a little deeper, you will realise that it is not all it's cracked up to be. 

What is Erythritol? It's a sugar alcohol. "At the industrial level, it is produced from glucose by fermentation with a yeast," as defined on Wikipedia. It is claimed by many to have a sweetness somewhat less than sugar, but without the calories. 

There are also plenty of indications that Erythritol "can cause side effects such as diarrhoea, headache, and stomach ache in some people." In addition, consumption of artificially sweetened food and drinks can fail to provide the body that it is satiated (in the same way as it would with natural sugar) and as such, leads some people to end up consuming more food and drink. In many cases this leads to excess calorie consumption, defeating the original purpose of avoiding calorie-laden sugars.

These are the types of things that we try to stay away from at TONICKA. We reinforce our preference for raw and traditional methods, avoiding unnatural ingredients. Our mission is to not go down the mass-produced soda sweeteners route. We are a craft drink. We are an experience.

As always, do your own research - it's your body and what you put in it has life-long impacts.

Mark Schiralli