Kombucha. I'm seeing a product grow more-and-more in popularity. People ask my take on the health benefits of kombucha. Well here it is folks!
Kombucha is a fermented drink that combines bacteria, tea, sugar, and often other ingredients. This beverage is definitely a hot trend right now! Many people have been moving towards pro and prebiotics for their ailments. Regular drinkers of this tonic claim beneficial effects of improved immunity, weight loss, prevention of cancer and chronic disease and improvement of liver function.
Kombucha can help grow good bacteria in your gut, AKA your “second immune system”. But here's the bottom line: If you choose to drink kombucha, choose a pasteurized brand. Unpasteurized kombucha can increase the growth of unhealthy bacteria which can lead to food borne illness. Despite the health claims by kombucha-enthusiasts, be warned that there is limited evidence of the actual benefits of kombucha. In my opinion, eating yogurt may be a healthier choice or alternative. Yogurt still has beneficial bacteria plus other great nutrients such as protein, calcium, potassium and often vitamin D.