Kombucha is a pretty popular On Instagram @AndreaHardyRD, I talk all about how important it is to trust yourself when it come to managing digestive disorder symptoms.

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Kombucha is delicious but… it’s not a probiotic!🦠⁠⠀
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It’s a FERMENT! (which isn’t a bad thing, it’s just different!). ⁠⠀
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Kombucha combines tea, some form of simple carbohydrate (usually sugar), SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast). It’s thought to have originated in 220 BC in China.⁠⠀
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At the right temperature, the mixture of lactic acid bacteria, acetic acid bacteria, fungi, and yeast ferment the sugar to produce a bubbly, delicious drink. ⁠⠀
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I love the swap for pop, because the microbes digest a good portion of the sugar, making it a lower sugar beverage than pop. And – there’s a TON of fun flavours! (I’m obsessed with @happybellykombucha just down the street from our office – their love potion flavour is 👌!) ⁠⠀
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How does kombucha fit in our diets?⁠⠀
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I LOVE ferments. I’m all for consuming live microbes and their metabolic byproducts, even if we don’t know the strain specific benefits.⁠⠀
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WHY?⁠⠀
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✅The fermentation of tea increases the availability of good-for-our-health polyphenols⁠⠀
✅Consumption of fermented foods and lactic acid bacteria have been associated with better overall health⁠⠀
✅It introduces transient microbes to our guts which have the possibility of exerting benefits⁠⠀
✅Potentially has some anti-microbial actions by way of how LAB lower pH⁠⠀
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BUT.⁠⠀
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There is ‘too much of a good thing’.⁠⠀
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So many IBS patients come in, trying to eat ALL the ferments, often in large quantities and wonder why their bloated ALL.THE.TIME.⁠⠀
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As with all things in life, portion matters! Enjoying a cup of kombucha? great. Drinking a litre of kombucha a day? Not so great. FODMAPPER’s, keep in mind, 180 ml kombucha is Low FODMAP. ⁠⠀
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Questions?⁠⠀
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doi: 10.3390/nu11081806⁠⠀
doi: 10.1093/femsre/fuaa015⁠⠀
doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2672.2006.02963.x⁠⠀