If you, or someone you know has diabetes, then you’ll understand that paying close attention to your diet is very important. As much as you try to keep your blood sugar levels stable, there are many different variables that can cause a spike. Sugar is something that must be closely monitored in whatever you eat or drink.
One puzzling area for diabetics to cope with is beverages because there are a lot of drinks that contain massive amounts of sugar. But what about kombucha and diabetes? Can diabetics enjoy the taste and nutritional benefits of the drink?
Sugar and Kombucha
Compared to other drinks like fruit juice and soda, Kombucha has a much lower sugar content. Conversely, when inspecting sugar levels in kombucha, it’s imperative to look at two groups: store bought kombucha and home-brewed kombucha.
While it’s impossible to regulate the sugar content in store bought kombucha, homebrew gives full control to the consumer. People who brew their own kombucha are able to control the amount and type of sugar that goes into their brew. Also, homebrewers are able to control the fermentation time, which greatly affects sugar content.
Thus, it may be wiser for diabetics to brew their own kombucha in order to ensure a lower sugar content.
Kombucha’s Health Benefits for Diabetics
Studies in laboratories have revealed that kombucha is rich in antioxidants, many of which have shown substantial ability to protect pancreatic cells, in turn regulating insulin more securely and stabilising blood sugar levels.
In addition to this, tea – which is a central ingredient in kombucha – has been shown to aid in diabetic-complicated conditions such as high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Added studies found within the ‘Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology’ specifically studies kombucha’s ability to fight periodontal disease, of which diabetics are at an increased risk of when compared to non-diabetics.
Alongside probiotics aiding your digestive system, kombucha shows a lot of promise as a probable alternative medical treatment for diabetics for the aforementioned reasons.
All of this is encouraging, albeit not yet conclusive so it is advisable to consult a doctor before using kombucha as treatment. But it does pave hope for a more natural way of treating diabetes in the future without the rush towards pharmaceutical drugs which often carry their own health complications and side-effects.
If you’re interested in brewing your own kombucha, please visit our shop and take a look at our home brewing kits. We make it easy for you to get started in the world of homebrewed kombucha.