Myth Buster: Is Kombucha Actually That Good For You?

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Myth Buster: Is Kombucha Actually That Good For You?

If you’ve ever stepped foot into a health food store or a farmers market, there is a good chance you’ve heard of kombucha.

It’s taken off as part of the latest health craze and is now even sold in supermarkets. However, kombucha isn’t anything new, it’s been around for thousands of years! You might even discover your parents or grandparents were brewing it way back in the old days.

Kombucha is a fermented drink, which utilises bacteria and yeasts to turn the simple ingredients (black or green tea and sugar) into a bubbly gut friendly beverage. Flavour combinations such as ginger, lemon, hibiscus or passionfruit are added to the ferment to give it a sweet, fresh taste.

Sounds awesome right! But is it actually any good for you? 

Lets jump to the facts.

Isn’t it high in sugar?

  • Sugar is an essential ingredient to the fermentation process, however the sugar is eliminated during the ferment as live cultures eat it up and convert it into health providing organic acids. This means it’s actually low in sugar!
  • In some instances, if the kombucha isn’t fermented for long enough a fair amount of sugar can remain in the final product. It is best to check the sugar content on the nutrition label or look out for the 'I QUIT SUGAR' tick of approval. Our pick for this is Remedy Komucha!

 

Is it a good source of probiotics?

  • When kombucha is kept raw and unpasteurised, high amounts of healthy bacteria remain. We know probiotics are great for gut health but they also positively influence our immune system, moods, and hormones!

 

How often should I have it?

  • Listen to your gut. Kombucha is perfectly healthy to consume daily however if you aren’t used to consuming fermented foods its best you start with 1 glass a day and work your way up.
  • We know sugar is not good for you and contributes to chronic disease so it’s a smart idea to swap your soft drink for a kombucha. Your body will love you for it.

 

 Give Remedy Komucha a try and tell us what you think! 

 

 Written by Naturopath, Lucy Fitzgibbons 

 

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