Turns Out Your Beloved Kombucha Actually Isn't That Good For You
Where's the Yakult at?
We hate to be the bearer of bad news but turns out the jokes' on us ‘cause everyone’s fave drink - we’re talking about you, kombucha - is actually really bad for you, especially on your pearly whites.
According to Sydney based dentist Dr Lewis Ehrlich, kombucha can cause major tooth erosion due to its low pH levels.
While consumers are often led to believe that kombucha is good for gut health (duh, that’s why we all drink it), Dr Ehrlich warns overconsumption can cause significant damage to the teeth. Taking to Instagram, Dr Ehrlich explains that, like fizzy drinks, kombucha has an approximate pH of 2.5 to 3.2, which can contribute to enamel erosion:
“Kombucha has been hailed as good for gut health (among other things) and that may be true, but is another example of linear, rather than holistic thinking,” he explains.
"It could be argued that if a drink has the ability to erode away the hardest substance in the body (tooth enamel is approximately 10x harder than bone), then to call it truly “healthy” is debatable."
"From a dental standpoint, this is definitely a very ‘occasional’ drink, as much as I like them."
To balance everything in our tum-tums, Dr Ehrlich recommends seeking other alternatives for fixing gut health, saying:
“I would be looking to restore gut health in other ways without the collateral damage of tooth erosion which can result in pain, sensitivity and weakening of teeth.”
The news comes after The Courier Mail revealed that Australia’s current labelling laws allow manufacturers to not disclose how much kombucha is in a drink, meaning that consumers may be buying an unhealthy bottle of kombucha.
Someone pass us the Yakult, please.
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