While functional beverages such as kombucha are not meant to replace a healthy diet, they became popular because of the health benefits of the ingredients, how it’s made, and the byproducts that occur as a result of the process
#1 Sugar content
#2 Do the healthy ingredients truly exist?
Whether it’s a medicinal plant, seed,or fruit, there’s a big difference between the raw ingredients and flavoring derived from chemicals manipulated in a lab. Even a health-conscious consumer who makes an effort to choose drinks with specific health benefits may be misguided by the advertised ingredients on the label without reading the fine prints.
#3 Are the probiotics really alive?
Probiotic drinks are among the healthiest beverage choices. However, pasteurization is often used to prolong shelf life. This process kills most living bacteria, including the beneficial ones.
Sometimes probiotic organisms are added back to the beverage after pasteurization. But the culture is different from those naturally occurring from the fermentation process.
#4 Is there unintended alcohol?
The majority of homemade fermented drinks have a small amount of alcohol that’s hard to control. When we make kombucha at home and add fruits for the second fermentation, alcohol content is likely to increase from the process.