Study Finds Kombucha Might Not Be As Good For You As People Think

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7 January 2019

If you’ve been guzzling kombucha in hopes it might improve your gut health, you might want to think again.

As part of a new study into 77 kombucha products available in the Perth, Cancer Council WA’s LiveLighter has found there’s no proof the drink help your gut.

“The recent popularity of kombucha fits into a growing public interest in our digestive system and how to best support gut health with our diet,” WA’s LiveLighter dietitian Gael Myers said told WA Today.

“At this stage there is no proof at all that it does have benefits but it’s a growing research area so it may be something that comes out at a later date.”

The drink is touted as a source of gut bacteria and good for general health – but it might be a while until we know this for sure.

 “At this stage there is no proof at all that it does have benefits but it’s a growing research area so it may be something that comes out at a later date.”

However Ms Myers said this isn’t a reason to stop drinking the tangy bevvy.

A study found all by one of 77 kombucha products from 20 companies had less than 5g of sugar per 100ml – which fall under the “best choice guidelines” for sugar consumption.

 “Even switching half of the sugary drinks for water or kombucha would be a great thing to aim for,” she said.

She said people might choose to take a few different approaches to repopulating their gut health, such as increasing dietary fibre through food and taking probiotic pills in conjunction with kombucha.

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