One of, if not the most, popular brands of kombucha you’ll find at the store is GT’s Synergy Kombucha. Most people know that in general, kombucha is pretty good for you. But since ingredients and recipes can vary so much from brand to brand, many people are curious about whether or not Synergy Kombucha is good for you.
GT’s Synergy Kombucha has almost 30 different healthy flavor options, can be used as a lower calorie, lower sugar substitute for alcoholic and sugary drinks, is made organic, and is full of healthy probiotics and antioxidants, making it a drink that is very good for you.
In this article I’ll cover every reason why Synergy Kombucha is good for you, and then make sure you're aware of a few of the health risks of Synergy that you may want to consider before drinking it.
What is Synergy Kombucha?
Synergy Kombucha is a line of kombucha made by the brand GT’s Living Foods. GT’s is one of the most well known names in the kombucha industry and was actually the first kombucha brand to be put on store shelves in the US.
The brand was founded by a man known as GT Dave when he was only 15 years old and is known for its authentic small batch brewing process and commitment to keeping kombucha a health focused drink.
GT’s sells many different lines of kombucha, including Classic, Hard, Limited Edition, and of course, Synergy.
All Kombucha in the Synergy line has been fermented for 30 days in small batches and is made of 95% raw kombucha and 5% organic fruit flavoring. It's also organic, vegan, and gluten free.
Because of its higher than normal amount of flavoring and smooth taste, Synergy Kombucha is perfect for anyone new to drinking kombucha or with a weak stomach. But even long time kombucha drinkers like myself love the taste and probiotic benefits that GT’s Synergy line has.
GT’s also sells a Synergy Chia line, which is the same kombucha but with chia seeds in it. Some of the Synergy Chia flavors are Cherry Chia, Raspberry Chia, Green Chia, Grape Chia, and Black Chia.
Although drinking chia seeds in our kombucha sounds weird, chia seeds are actually a superfood that add tons of health benefits to kombucha. If you want to learn more about chia seed kombucha and its benefits you can read the article I wrote on it here.
Why Synergy Kombucha is Good For You
“Good for you” can mean a lot of things, but when most people use the phrase, they’re talking about how something can benefit or be “good for” their health.
The good news is that Synergy Kombucha has tons of health benefits! But before we get into those, I want to go over a couple reasons why Synergy is good for you that I think may be even more important than it’s health benefits.
Synergy Kombucha Tastes Great
Everyone likes to talk about how they drink kombucha for it’s probiotic and digestive health benefits. And while it’s true that the health benefits of booch are a big reason why many people drink it, I think that the main reason why most people actually like kombucha is for its great, unique taste.
If the main reason why people drank kombucha was for its health benefits, it wouldn’t make sense to buy $4 bottles of the stuff and spend an hour drinking it when you could just pop a 10 cent probiotic supplement pill or eat a bowl of yogurt and get similar probiotic and digestive benefits.
This is why I think that when considering whether or not Syenrgy Kombucha is “good for you” it’s extremely important to evaluate how it tastes, and whether or not it makes you happy to drink it.
So does Synergy Kombucha taste good?
Dang right it does. With almost 30 different flavors of Synergy available, anyone is going to be able to find a few options that they love.
* Description of taste of Synergy
I actually have written an article ranking in order the top 10 best tasting flavors of GT’s Synergy Kombucha that you can check out here. But if you don’t have the time or would just like a sneak peak, my top 3 favorite flavors of Synergy are:
Substitute for Alcohol and Sugar
Another big reason why I think Synergy Kombucha is good for you is because it can serve as a great substitute for alcoholic and/or sugary drinks. Let me tell you why.
Because kombucha has a small amount of naturally occurring alcohol in it and has a bitter, harsh taste, many people have found that drinking a bottle of booch can satisfy their craving for an alcoholic drink.
This is because if you’re a regular alcohol drinker your brain is in a habit of releasing the feel good chemical dopamine when you have a drink. Because of kombucha's alcoholic taste, you may be able to trick your brain into forgetting that craving and feeling satisfied by substituting kombucha on a night where you normally would have a drink or two.
Drinking kombucha instead of a beer or glass of wine will not only give you all it’s healthy antioxidant and probiotic benefits that I’ll talk about in a second, but it will also prevent you from feeling the negative side effects of alcohol such as weight gain, disrupted sleep, high blood pressure, liver disease, stomach damage, and more.
In the same vein, you can also satisfy your craving for sugar in a healthy way by substituting a sugary drink like a soda for a bottle of kombucha, since kombucha’s sweet, acidic, and fizzy taste really closely resembles that of a soda but with less sugar and empty calories.
In fact, most kombuchas only have around 10g of sugar per bottle, 4x less sugar than that in a can of Coca Cola (39g).
Health Benefits of Synergy Kombucha
Now that you know a few more abstract reasons why Synergy Kombucha is good for you, let's talk about how what's in the drink can benefit your health.
Because GT's has stayed authentic and brews their kombucha properly, every bottle of Synergy kombucha is “raw” or “unpasteurized” and will have a living culture of healthy probiotic bacteria and yeast inside of it.
Probiotics are found in a lot of other fermented foods such as kefir, sauerkraut, yogurt, kimchi, and some cheeses, and play an important role in fighting off the bad bacteria inside our body and keeping us healthy.
Because the modern diet is full of so much sugar and processed foods that may harm the good bacteria in our digestive system, many people believe that we should be consuming more probiotics to replace and replenish these healthy bacteria inside of us.
Fermented foods full of probiotics like Synergy Kombucha may:
All kombucha is made from tea, and so when you drink kombucha you get all the health benefits that you would normally get from drinking tea.
GT’s Synergy Kombucha is made from a combination of green and black tea, which according to Healthline.com may:
Lower the risk of breast prostate, and colorectal cancer.
Have antioxidant properties
Another part of kombucha that can really add to its health benefits is its flavoring.
For example drinking a kombucha flavored with real ginger will give you the same benefits as if you were to eat that ginger by itself.
Some of the flavors of Synergy that have extra health benefits because of their flavoring are:
Gingerade, Hibiscus Ginger, Gingerberry
Ginger is a superfood and one of the healthiest spices on the planet. It functions as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and may reduce nausea, lower cholesterol, and reduce period pains.
Cranberries, like ginger, are also considered a superfood due to their high nutritional and antioxidant content. Research has found that cranberries may lower risk of urinary tract infection, prevent certain types of cancer, improve immune function, and decrease blood pressure.
Passion berries are full of vitamins A and C, fiber, antioxidants, and other important nutrients.
Cayenne Peppers have been found to boost metabolism, reduce hunger, lower blood pressure, and aid digestion, among many other health benefits.
Turmeric is known to be a great natural anti inflammatory with tons of antioxidants and brain boosting hormones.
Another health benefit of Synergy Kombucha is that it’s organic, meaning that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has certified that 95% or more of the ingredients in Synergy have been made as naturally as possible without the use of harmful additives, hormones, pesticides, fertilizers or antibiotics.
While being organic doesn’t automatically make a bottle of kombucha good for you, I think that it’s definitely nice to know that Synergy Kombucha has been made in a natural way approved by an outside agency and doesn’t have lots of harmful additives in it.
Now you’re aware of why Synergy Kombucha is good for you, but I think it’s important that before wrapping up the article I talk about a few risks or things you should be cautious of before drinking Synergy Kombucha.
While kombucha is much lower in sugar that most sodas and other sugary drinks, most bottles of Synergy, depending on the flavor, will still have 14-20g of sugar in them.
This means that the amount of sugar in GT’s Synergy Kombucha is a little higher than competitors like Health Ade Kombucha and Humm Kombucha which usually only have around 10g of sugar per bottle.
Now 14-20g of sugar is nothing to worry about, especially when you consider the great health benefits of kombucha and the fact that a Coke has around 40g of sugar in it with 4oz less of liquid. But if you are consuming a lot of sugar other places in your diet or drinking multiple bottles of Synergy a day, the sugar is definitely something you should be aware of since consuming too much sugar can lead to weight gain, acne and an increased risk of
Type 2 Diabetes
While “good for you” is a somewhat subjective term, I think that because GT’s Synergy Kombucha tastes great, is made with healthy flavorings, can be used as a healthier substitute for alcoholic and sugary drinks, and has tons of probiotic and antioxidant benefits, it is generally good for you. Especially when compared to other flavored drinks like sodas.
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