Blog | Apr 9, 2019

DR JOANNA MCMILLAN: WHAT IS KOMBUCHA AND WHY SHOULD WE DRINK IT?

Whether you’re a daily drinker or have only just heard of it, you still might not be sure what authentic Kombucha is and if it’s a good beverage option.

In the final video of a three part series, PhD qualified dietitian and nutrition scientist, Dr Joanna McMillan explains what true kombucha is, why she believes it’s a smart drink swap and how to pick the one with the best gut health benefits!

Kombucha is a fermented tea that’s enjoyed as a sparkling, tangy cold drink. It’s made by brewing green and black tea with water, then adding kombucha culture (which is a mixture of bacteria and yeast), and some raw sugar. Over time, the kombucha culture ferments the brew by metabolising the sugar and creating organic acids that are good for your gut.

There’s a lot on the market, but if you’re after an authentic ‘booch that best supports your health, here’s what Dr Jo recommends you look for:

“First, it’ll be in the fridge – it has to be chilled to keep those good bugs alive.”

“Second, read the label – you want as little sugar as possible (2-3g per 100ml is a good guide), and make sure it’s free from stevia and made with real fruit.”

“Third, you want a living strain of probiotics – so look for words like live cultures + probiotics or colony forming units.”

Cheers to your health!