You probably walk by that aisle at the grocery store stocked with kombucha and think: Who the heck even drinks this stuff? As it turns out, this fermented tea is more than just a health drink of the moment. Kombucha has actually been around for thousands of years — and some of the health claims surrounding it are actually true. Here are 15 reasons you should be drinking kombucha. (The health benefit on page 12 was a surprise to us!)
1. Kombucha can help you lose weight
Eat This, Not That! admits that drinking kombucha regularly doesn’t magically make weight melt off your body. However, “kombucha only contains 30 calories per cup—and once the taste is acquired, it can replace calorically-dense fruit juices or carbonated beverages.” They add that testing on animals has revealed drinking kombucha regularly may also encourage you to eat a less caloric diet.
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