I keep hearing that there should be little sugar left in Kombucha since it's cultured. Why, then, does it still taste sweet? Is there another compound that remains, similar to some fermented sweeteners? If so, then which is it closest to?
I have a feeling that store bought kombucha is not what they claim, not even close... I believe GT's says it has 2g sugar per serving, but IMHO I think it's closer to 10g/serving. First of all, sweet sells, especially when you can make people believe it's low in sugar. Secondly, by using shorter brew times these companies can increase production and profits. Win-win as far as they're concerned.
Since it's a "living" beverage I guess they can get away with it (theoretically, if you left it at room temp for long enough it could possibly get to 2g), but I still think they should be held accountable when 99% of the product they sell has way more sugar than they claim on the label... Just my 2 cents, I can't actually prove anything, but going off the sweetness of other commercial fermented beverages like Kevita these are my thoughts.
GT's recently had to shorten their expiration dates (and maybe change their formulation a bit,) because the ferment was creating more than 1% alcohol, the legal limit before a beverage has to be legally treated as an alcoholic beverage.
If there is less alcohol, there will be more sugar as it hasn't been converted yet by the culture. I noticed that the GT's brand got distinctly sweeter after this change, so I no longer use it. I'll have to try my hand at a home brew.
I make my own kombucha, I find the stuff I buy in the health food stores to be sweet to me (I do not eat sugar at all). I ferment mine long enough so it does not taste sweet, then do a second ferment with ginger & lemon added - my whole family drinks this now.
I wouldn't go near kombucha. any sugar and strong cravings for all carby foods....toast! get sparked. Avoid sweetness I say. Just a bit of fruit. Now and again. Years of insulin resistance mean this is crucial.
Ok, she obviously doesn't know about ketogenic diets, but, this ought to clear up people's worries about sugar in kombucha. I have found it to be an amazing health tonic. Obviously I have been making my own...