It’s getting so confusing nowadays! Eat this, but not that and don’t forget to add a little of this. It is more difficult to figure out what you should eat, and it seems as though new foods keep popping up with so many additional health benefits. Sometimes these newbie foods leave many people running to the nearest grocery store for the latest and greatest, but are they going to do what they promise to do ?
Let’s take a look at Kombucha.
What about Kombucha?
Kombucha is a fermented green or black tea which has been around for more than 1,000 years. It is made from sugar sweetened tea that has been fermented by symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. This tea is acidic and it contains sugar, B vitamins and many antioxidants.
There are so many claims about this tea, showing health benefits of treating illnesses, stimulating the immune system, reversing gray hair and much more, question is ,,, are they true? There have not been very many studies on this, and most have been on our furry four legged friends. At this current time, the claims are not founded. There needs to be more scientific tests performed to be sure about the real health benefits.
Adverse effects have also been associated with kombucha, possibly due to the fermentation of the tea and the bacterial content of tea. Be careful if you choose to drink this tea. It’s best to take extra care.
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There are so many products available these days. It takes a savvy shopper, label reader, and nutrition guru to determine what works. We can’t possibly cover all of them in one article, but here are a few tips to think about:
- Look at the label: The less ingredients on the list, the better. Look for ingredients you are aware of or at least can pronounce.
- Don’t believe everything you see online: There is a lot of good information on the Internet, and there is a lot of not-so-good information. Go to a trusted site for your information. When in doubt, ask. Find a nutritionist or health professional to answer your question.
- Back to basics: You really can’t go wrong with fruits, vegetables, dairy and protein. Sometimes that’s all you need. There really is no such thing as a magic food.
At the end of the day, do the best you can. No one is perfect. Small steps and changes can make a huge impact in your overall health!
Allow the bariatric experts to help you if you need support. Please reach out every opportunity you get with every question that you have – it’s not just our work to assist you. We actually celebrate in seeing you succeed.
About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Nutritionist and Bariatric Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery patients for 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre. and post bariatric patients. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
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