Living with diabetes can sometimes be a challenging journey, especially when it comes to finding delicious drink alternatives that are both satisfying and healthy.
Whether you’re someone who has diabetes and are looking to switch out your soda for something less sugary, or you’re researching on behalf of a loved one, know that you are not alone. It is understandable to want to find something that not only tastes great but also supports health.
One nutritious and delicious drink that’s been taking the world by storm is kombucha. If you are wondering if kombucha is okay for diabetics, we are happy to say the answer is “yes.” Depending on the kombucha sugar content and a few other factors diabetics can enjoy it too. However, it is always best to consult with your doctor to determine what’s best for you.
Here are some commonly asked questions that can be helpful if you are looking to dip your toes in the kombucha aisle:
What exactly is kombucha?
Kombucha is an ancient, lively drink made by fermenting tea with a symbiotic culture of friendly bacteria and yeast called a scoby, which produces a sparkling effervescent drink that is high in probiotics. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that can help support a healthy gut microbiome, which in turn enhances overall health, including mental health. Kombucha is also rich in B vitamins that are known to increase energy, support nervous system function, and contribute to healthy skin and hair. Packed with probiotics and antioxidants, kombucha can help improve digestion, boost immunity, and improve mood. Plus, it tastes great!
What to know about kombucha’s sugar content
The good news is kombucha is actually lower in sugar compared to other drinks such as fruit juice and soda. During the fermentation process, the bacteria and yeast consume some of the sugar in the kombucha, leaving behind a smaller amount of sugar than what was used in the recipe initially. A typical 12 oz. can of soda contains 39 grams of sugar which can be a staggering amount for a diabetic. Kombucha saves the day as a satisfying lower sugar substitute.
“A quick and easy replacement to consider is drinking kombucha instead of soda. With less sugar and more probiotics, but the same great fizzy carbonation effects, kombucha is a great first step to making a small, diabetes-friendly lifestyle change.”
- Tori Watkins, PharmD, BCACP, CPP at Sona Pharmacy