Meet The Woman Serving Up A Healthy Alternative To Soda

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Sugary soda is notoriously unhealthy for you. In case you need a reminder, soda is high in carbs and contributes to conditions like obesity and diabetes. Unfortunately, the average American drinks 38.5 gallons of soda per year and over 1/3 of American adults have obesity. That’s not good. However, there is a healthy alternative.

It’s called kombucha, and it’s made from fermenting tea and sugar. The drink uses a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. Thanks to this symbiotic relationship, kombucha is low in sugar. It’s also filled with antioxidants, vitamins and billions of probiotics. If that sounds too good to be true, YouTuber and activist Rob Greenfield’s new spotlight video will show you that it’s not.

Meet Jing Chen, the founder of JinBuCha, a business in San Diego serving up a healthy alternative to soda. Jing is on a mission to provide kombucha to her community. She brews batches herself using all organic ingredients. Her drinks are served in local restaurants, farmers markets and bars on tap, so no trash is made. People can also fill up growlers at her tasting room. Some customers even trade locally picked fruits in lieu of payment.

Jin is creating a shared sense of culture and community while giving others a healthy alternative to soda. We know all your healthy friends swear by kombucha but trust us ― try it. Your body will thank you for it.