Probiotics have so many benefits for gut health.
But probiotic drinks can be a little sour tasting at times, and even a bit unpleasant depending on your pallet.
One probiotic drink that tastes amazing is tepache. Tepache is similar to kombucha in that it provides many probiotic benefits.
You may not have heard of tepache before, so what exactly is it?
What is Tepache?
Tepache is a probiotic drink from Mexico which dates back to the 1500s (and probably even much earlier).
Historically, it was made by fermenting corn. The word tepache comes from tepiātl, an Aztec word which means “a drink made from corn”.
Today, it is made by fermenting pineapple and sweetening the drink with a bit of sugar.
What are the benefits of Tepache?
Tepache is a great source of probiotics. Probiotics are important for gut health, and are considered to be the “good bacteria” that you want in your system.
Probiotics can help to relieve constipation and the symptoms brought on by digestive diseases such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Probiotics are also really beneficial after you finish a course of antibiotics.
Antibiotics work by killing off all the “bad bacteria” that can make you sick, but they can also kill off the good bacteria too. This can lead to stomach upset and diarrhea.
Probiotic drinks like tepache help to restore the good bacteria in your gut, and help your stomach to feel better.
Women may benefit from probiotics even more than men, because taking antibiotics can make women more prone to yeast infections. A probiotic drink can help to avoid that uncomfortable problem.
A low calorie drink
Sometimes when you are really craving soda or juice, you might not even decide to drink it because it is so high in calories.
If you are trying to lose or maintain weight, then it can feel like a “waste” of calories to have a soda or juice that is sometimes upward of 200 calories.
Tepache is low in calories, on average about 40 calories per can.
The low calories coupled with the amazing taste make it a great choice to reach for at a hot summer BBQ, if you’re on the beach or just at home and wanting a cold refreshing drink!
Low sugar drink
Compared to soda and juice, tepache contains a very low amount of sugar.
If consuming lots of added sugar is a no-go for you, but you enjoy having a lightly sweet, refreshing drink, then tepache might be perfect for you.
Coupled with the probiotic benefits, it’s a win-win!
Rich in Vitamin C:
Pineapples have a high vitamin C content, which makes tepache also a vitamin C rich drink.
Vitamin C plays an important role in so many body systems, and especially in immune support.
Having a daily glass of tepache may help support your immune system because of the vitamin C content.
Rich in Vitamin D:
Along with vitamin C, tepache delivers a dose of vitamin D.
Vitamin D helps to regulate calcium in the body, which we need to form strong bones and protect our bones as we age.
Overall, tepache is a delicious choice of probiotic beverage.
Along with the probiotic benefits, tepache is also rich in vitamin C and vitamin D. The low sugar and calorie content make it a good choice even for those who are trying to lose weight.
Tepache is lightly sweet and tangy, but less sour tasting than other probiotic drinks.
Kombucha is delicious, but some people find it to be a bit too vinegary.
If you like the benefits of kombucha but don’t love the taste, then tepache is a must-try!