Some people question if Kombucha is safe to drink even though it certainly is safe. The reason for the suspicion is because Kombucha has been erroneously called a mushroom for over 2000 years. It is absolutely not a mushroom! Not even closely related to a mushroom. People know that some mushrooms are poisonous. Unfortunately this subconsciously leads them to question Kombucha’s safety and drinking this remarkable tea.
Pregnant or nursing mothers can drink Kombucha but should not do so in large amounts. No baby or fetus has ever been harmed by the mother drinking Kombucha.
Kombucha Tea is a fermented tea, slightly acidic. It also contains alcohol and caffeine, but very little of either. The tea can be made with decaf tea if so desired.
Kombucha is also a carbonated beverage. Some few people might experience gas due to their sensitivity to drinking a carbonated beverage. Home brewed Kombucha is far less carbonated than commercially bottled tea.
The fermentation of a beverage can leach metal molecules from certain types of metals, like iron, lead, and older ceramic containers which might contain lead. Stainless steel or other types of brewing containers commonly used to ferment wine or beer can be used. Fermenting in a glass container is recommended, other than lead crystal glass.
There is much misinformation regarding Kombucha’s safety on the Internet and about the danger of drinking Kombucha Tea. . . It is nonsense! CLICK HERE to check for any FDA warnings. As of the last time we checked, on August 6, 2017 no warning exist. The FDA had previously found that it is safe to drink if prepared in a clean manner. . . It’s only common sense that you should prepare anything you intend to drink or eat in a clean manner.
There are false rumors that people have died from drinking the tea. If these rumors were true FDA would have certainly issued warnings. There is no evidence that any one has ever died from drinking properly fermented Kombucha Tea in its entire 2000 year history. In comparison over 1000 people a year die from taking aspirin.
One such false “death” rumor started in Iowa back in 1995. Two elderly women had become “mysteriously” ill as reported by the local newspaper and quickly picked up by the national press. Both had been drinking Kombucha Tea. The local town paper speculated, in error, that their illness were related to drinking this “strange tea”. The fact that many others in town were also drinking the tea and not getting mysteriously ill slipped the local newspaper’s editor.
One of the women died and the other was released. Both the CDC and the FDA investigated after it was called to their attention by exaggerated press releases. Both found that each of the two women had medical conditions that were not mysterious at all. Totally unrelated to their consumption of Kombucha tea. However to this day you will still find this false 1995 news report on the Internet when searching for info on the question of Kombucha’s safety.
A Second False Rumor on Kombucha’s Safety
Another false rumor on the Internet states that Kombucha may produce anthrax. This is an absolutely ridiculous. The source of this false rumor came out of an unsubstantiated report from Iran. An isolated batch that was made by a farmer had been found to have anthrax in it. If this were true then the tea somehow became contaminated with anthrax. Kombucha cannot grow anthrax! Only if you live on a farm and your cattle are dying of anthrax do you have something to worry about.
Normal consumption is about 1 to 3 cups per day, there is no prescribed amount to be taken for any particular ailment. Kombucha is not a drug. You can drink larger amounts of the tea but it is generally not a good idea to consume huge amounts of anything. Over consumption of the tea when it is very acidic may upset the stomach . You would have to be very foolish to drink a lot of something that is very acidic or sour.
If you are taking medication that is sensitive to acidic beverages consult with your physician before drinking Kombucha and taking the medicine at the same time. If you were to wait and hour or so after taking such medication your physician probably not object. Kombucha Tea when properly brewed is no more acidic than orange or grapefruit juice.
Millions of people drink and greatly enjoy this remarkable tea daily. Kombucha’s safety should not be issue. It is safer than aspirin and it does improve health.