Let me tell you about my first alcoholic drink: kombucha. This is the black tea from a fermented mushroom. Because it is possible to contaminate a fermentationâwhich may sound strange to even beer-drinking, mushroom-loving Americansâkombucha gets a bad rap as something very dangerous. As far as I know, kombucha is as dangerous as the funky people who try to make it, package it and sell it. I would not drink your hippie friendâs kombuchaâunless she is an ordained Tibetan monk.
Here in the rasx() context, kombucha is related to probiotic nutrition. It is said that drinks like kombucha improve immune function and prevent infections. Of course probiotics are in opposition to antibioticsâand most of us Americans should know how much we love their overuseâŠ My mother is suffering today in part from her decades-long relationship with antibiotics.
What may still be strange to my mother (and likely yours) is that bacteria can be usefulâwhat is off the charts of bizarre for my mom is that human beings are deeply related to bacteriaâand we should consider some of them our cellular ancestors. Instead of declaring yet another war on bacteriaâholding a stance of complete opposition with a false sense of purityâwe need to compose bacteria instead of oppose bacteria.
Let me state tentatively that there is a relationship between me drinking kombucha (moderately) and avoiding catching the common cold. I get the impression that a slightly scratchy throat can be made un-scratchy by drinking probiotics like kombuchaâso I am suggesting that probiotics are preventative. Your results may varyâŠ
It is appropriate to explore the world of rice burgers in the context of people who are already eating soy-based burgers. My strong suggestionâas mentioned in âSteady Hempinâ and Hawing: Dropping Soy Milkââis that you drop soy burgers completely and try rice burgers. Just like when I got down with soy meat, I use rice burger patties in these areas:
- I break them up for taco meat.
- I use them as âsausageâ patties (with potatoes) for breakfast.
- I break them up into large chunks (with quinoa pasta) for the âmeat ballsâ in spaghetti.
And, of course, rice burgers and French fries make a tasty meal. Now I have tried the Bahama Rice Burger, âthe first rice based burger meat alternative,â but I prefer the Sunshine Burger. It is all a matter of seasoning. There is a glycemic-index concern with rice-based productsâso eating too many high-glycemic index things at once is not cool.