Inquiring Minds: Kombucha: good or bad?

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q.  So what’s the real story behind kombucha?  Is it good for you?  Or is it just a weird-tasting kind of iced tea?​

A.  The claims for the health-giving properties of kombucha are many and varied, depending on where you look online.  Here’s what the University of Minnesota Extension Service has to say: “Kombucha is a fermented tea and has been around for centuries ... Regular drinkers of this tea claim it aids digestion and sleep, prevents cancer, stops hair loss, and improves liver function. Right now, none of these health claims has been confirmed.”

The upshot seems to be: If you enjoy the flavor, keep on drinking it.  It won’t hurt you and it might even be good for you. The Extension Service does caution that, if you plan to make your own kombucha at home, you should be sure to follow strict safety and sanitation guidelines.

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