Have you heard about tepache? It’s pretty much an alternative probiotic drink to kombucha that has bubbles. It’s a traditional Mexican drink that’s tart, sweet, and a bit fizzy, making it super refreshing. So, is it as healthy as kombucha, and what are the health benefits associated with it?
What It Is
Tepache is a sparkling, fermented drink that can be made with fermented corn and/or fruits like apples, oranges, pears, guavas, or pineapples. Unlike kombucha, tepache isn’t caffeinated. Tepache is fermented by microorganisms founds in the environments and on the fruits, while kombucha requires SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) to turn the black or green tea into a probiotic drink.
Its Great Qualities
Because tepache is a relatively new trendy drink, not much research has been done on its nutritional value. What we do know is that it contains probiotics, which promote overall health and digestion. Additionally, the fruit used in the drink has vitamins and minerals. For example, pineapple has vitamin C, potassium, calcium, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties. Fermented food helps support healthy digestion, nutrient absorption, and it may help reduce high cholesterol.
Tepache is just starting to get the buzz that kombucha has, so it’s difficult to find in supermarkets. You’re more likely to spot tepache at specialty grocery stores or restaurants. If you can’t find it in stores, you could always make your own.
Have you tried tepache yet? What did you think of it?