The current health trend of fermented tea beverages has just been given a big seal of approval from a science journalist.
Dr Michael Mosley was interviewed recently by Pedestrian TV who explained why the health trend surrounding Kombucha might be one of the only ones to deserve the praise it gets.
As C&I have covered previously, Kombucha isn’t new but rather an ancient, Chinese fermented tea beverage that is loved and consumed for its health benefits.
Mr Mosley told Pedestrian TV that had been trials on the beverage in the past and there is very good scientific evidence that Kombucha has a range of good bacteria’s that contribute to the healthy microbiome of mental and physical wellbeing.
“It’s full of good bacteria and I’m a fan of them because there’s lots of evidence that when you drink things like kombucha you get all of these good bacteria which then go down and seed your gut bacteria,” he said.
“I drink it on a regular basis and since I’ve started consuming fermented foods, not just kombucha, also sauerkraut and things like that, I used to get very severe hay fever and now I don’t get any hay fever at all so I don’t know if the two are connected but I like to think they are.”
Despite its documented health benefits, Mr Mosley warned not to drink too much at once.
“One every now and then is good, it depends on how much you enjoy it, but it’s actually quite acidic so you want to watch out for your teeth if you’re drinking a lot of it because the acid won’t do terribly good things for your enamel, so if you’re at all worried about your teeth I’d drink it through a straw,” he said.
Liquefy Health co-founder Trent Butler said he found Kombucha to be an interesting space.
“I spend a lot of time in America and it’s definitely much bigger there already. It was started by the cafes and the hipsters but it is going mainstream,” he said.
“There’s a big trend in looking backwards in order to find the way forward.”
Due to its appeal across all age groups, kombucha is a drink that is ideal for retailers to stock in convenience stores.