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Learn Some of the Pros and Cons of Kombucha

Learn Some of the Pros and Cons of Kombucha

It is pretty hard to avoid seeing kombucha right now because it is everywhere nowadays. People used to travel to a health food store and pay a mint for kombucha drinks but you can pretty much find it everywhere from Wal-Mart to Target and even Costco in bulk. There are some pros and cons to drinking kombucha, so check out whether it may be something you want to try.

What is Kombucha

Kombucha is actually a fancy name for black tea that’s fermented with a starter culture called SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast). It sort of resembles a slimy mushroom, but it is part of the fermentation process when combined with sugar in the black tea. Kombucha is a very interesting beverage, from how it is brewed to how it can be consumed. The benefits can be great for people who want a healthy drink but it can also have its drawbacks.

Benefits

One of the biggest benefits of drinking kombucha is that it is a healthy alternative to drinking soda or other beverages. An average serving of kombucha has around 2 to 5 grams of sugar. A 12-ounce can of soda contains 39 grams of sugar. Kombucha is a great beverage for supporting a healthy gut and digestive system. It contains probiotics and enzymes known for digestive health benefits. Billions of beneficial bacteria live in the intestinal tract and support gut health. Kombucha is also high in glucaric acid, which can help detoxify the liver.

Drawbacks

There are many drawbacks from drinking Kombucha. Most of the cons appear with home brewing and the potential mistakes during the process. Bottles of kombucha tend to run $4 to $6 in the store per bottle, so people make their own. Safety and cleanliness are issues people need to be aware of when brewing. If you are interested in doing it, just be aware of the following:

  • The wrong types of bacteria can grow and become toxic if acidity levels are too low
  • Lactic acidosis is a potential issue but only if you drink a ton of kombucha
  • Bloating
  • Headaches
  • Allergic reactions
  • Reactions due to medication contradictions

When trying a new beverage, it is always advisable to speak with a treating physician, especially if you have underlying health conditions or take special medication. Although it is rare to experience any issues with drinking kombucha, it is possible to have a problem if it interferes with medications or health issues. Most people drink it on occasion rather than on a daily basis, so there is less chance of a risk but it is possible to experience issues, especially if home brewing.  

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