PSA: Your kombucha probably has alcohol in it

March 27, 2019 at 02:00AM by CWC

Gut health is in right now, and we get it. Your gut microbiome impacts your immune system, mood, and overall wellbeing.  Probiotics aren’t just what your dad takes to stay regular—they’re also the key part of your it-girl’s favorite drink: kombucha. But one thing people often don’t talk about with kombucha is that they can have a decent amount of kombucha in them.

Thankfully, registered dietitian Tracy Lockwood Beckerman, RD, spilled the tea on kombucha in our newest episode of You vs. Food, Well+Good’s video series dissecting nutrition trends.

Basically, most kombucha naturally has some amount of alcohol in it because it’s fermented (in this case, tea fermented with a special bacteria-yeast cocktail called scoby). “The amount of alcohol in kombucha varies according to the fermentation process,” Beckerman says, “and may be between one and three percent alcohol.” That may not sound like much but she notes that some light beers are just four percent alcohol. (So it might not be the best choice for expectant moms.) Some kombuchas (like Kevita) have less than 0.5 percent alcohol (the minimum threshold for an alcoholic drink), so not all hope is lost if you are not drinking any booze.

Aside from the alcohol content, Beckerman says that kombucha has lots of potential antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-cancer benefits. However, there is a catch: Most of these studies were done on animals, meaning those health perks have yet to be confirmed in humans. But that’s no reason in her book to stop sipping; the drink is a great lower-sugar swap for juice, and because it’s carbonated, it might just scratch your soda itch.

To get all the deets on the bubbly beverage, be sure to watch the above video. (And subscribe to our YouTube channel when you’re done.)

How can you tell if your gut is out of whack? Take a look at your poop and your skin

Continue Reading…

Author Kara Jillian Brown | Well and Good
Selected by iversue

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a website or blog at WordPress.com

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: