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Is Kombucha Healthy?

February 14, 2019

Kombucha is everywhere!  From supermarket shelves to workplace refrigerators and even on tap in cafés, this fizzy fermented tea has been hailed for its health benefits, from improved digestion, metabolism, immunity, liver function, heart health and more. So while it sounds healthy, what exactly are the health benefits and should you be drinking it up? Despite all the health claims about kombucha, nutrition experts say there’s not enough scientific evidence yet to support most of them. Kombucha is billed as good for your gut with plenty of probiotics created in the fermentation process, there is still more research needed. Some sources claim that kombucha can positively impact gut health [by] decreasing inflammation and providing antioxidants because of the probiotics, however more research needs to be completed to confirm this claim,” says one registered dietitian. To the surprise of many, kombucha does contain a small amount of alcohol.  It is created during the fermentation process, but usually it’s not enough for a person to feel its effects. The commercially available varieties sold in the U.S. must contain less than 0.5% alcohol by volume to be sold as non-alcoholic beverages. Kombucha’ s acidity is potentially problematic for your teeth but here again more research is needed. But if it's a beverage you enjoy to drink, have at it. Nutrition experts say its fine for most people to sip on kombucha every day, but to check with your doctor if you’re unsure about drinking it. Some recommend that pregnant or breastfeeding women and people with compromised immune systems should stay away from kombucha because the drink’s live bacteria could be harmful. 


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