It’s what inside that counts!
Not everything labelled a Kombucha is the real deal. Here’s a guide of what to look for next time you’re reaching for a soft sip that doesn’t suck – these elements are what make MOJO Kombucha authentic and full of benefits.
Is the drink refrigerated?
Cool temperatures are required for Kombucha to keep the yeast and bacteria living while stopping the fermentation process. Beware of ‘booch you find sitting ambient on the shelf or that doesn’t require cold storage at all times as it means it no longer contains any living cultures. And don’t forget to always keep your MOJO chilled between 1-5 degrees!
Has it been made from a SCOBY and not an extract?
A quick glance at the ingredients list is a good way to tell if your Kombucha has been authentically brewed with a SCOBY or if it’s been made from a ‘kombucha extract’. Floating strands in the drink are also a good indicator – these are healthy bits of Kombucha from the SCOBY.
Does it contain a well-researched probiotic?
If there is no probiotic strain listed on the nutritional label, there is no way to know if the product really does contain probiotics and is delivering the health benefits promised. Kombucha has naturally occurring healthy yeast and bacteria from fermentation, but even then it’s hard to know if these probiotics survive the journey through the digestive system into the gut. To guarantee that each bottle is brimming with scientifically-proven health benefits, MOJO is also made with a powerful probiotic: Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086.
Is it made with organic raw sugar and free from processed sweeteners, such as Stevia?
Sugar is an integral part of the kombucha recipe and is crucial for effective fermentation, as it feeds the bacteria and is metabolised as part of the process. MOJO has developed the perfect recipe with just the right amount of sugars making our Kombucha a healthy, lower sugar, fizzy alternatively to higher sugar soft drinks – a 330 mL bottle of Crafted contains around 2 grams of sugars per 100 mL or around 6-7 grams.
Our team feel strongly that sweeteners do not belong in fermented drinks. It is often used to mask compromised fermentation and the kind of stevia used in beverage production is highly processed with emerging scientific evidence suggesting it can have a negative impact on your gut health – the opposite of what we want! MOJO brew only water, organic tea and organic cane sugar with our amazing kombucha cultures.
Is the alcohol content labelled?
Real kombucha will contain a trace amount of alcohol due to a traditional fermentation process. However, it should always be between 0.5% and 1.15% in compliance with the Australian New Zealand Food Standards and the State and Territory based legislation. MOJO monitor our brew to ensure that our Kombucha is within regulation. The residual alcohol content is also always declared on every bottle. MOJO Kombucha could be a good alternative for those wanting to reduce their alcohol intake and has a similar flavour profile to apple cider.
Are outrageous health claims being made?
Is there testing and research to support the health claims that are being made on the label? If they’re too good to be true, they most likely aren’t.
In conjunction with Accredited Practising Dietitians, MOJO have summarized and analysed the science behind MOJO kombucha, including the health benefits associated with probiotic strain, Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086.
Download the scientific report, Demystifying Kombucha, for the research, health benefits and more.