How Much Sugar is in Your Kombucha?
Health-Ade Kombucha is being sued for the second time within one month over the amount of sugar in their drinks— more specifically, that they are greatly understating the amount on the nutrition labels.
According to their website and nutrition labels, the products yields 5-7g of sugar per serving, but after testing, results consistently show between 11-13g of sugar per serving. That’s a pretty big difference.
If you know your booch, you know how tricky this can be to sort out. Kombucha is essentially a sweetened tea that is fermented with a SCOBY (a globular, monster-looking thing made from bacteria and yeast) to create a bubbly, gut-healthy beverage. The sugar is actually there to feed the culture, not the drinker.
SO, the amount of sugar leftover can really vary based on how long the beverage is allowed to ferment. This means that even once it’s bottled, it can continue to ferment and the sugar levels can decrease. No wonder it’s so tricky to get the nutrition labels right.
So what now?
It’s no surprise given the nature of the process that there can be discrepancies when it comes to finished products. It looks like it’s going to be up to the industry to sort this one out and figure out better ways of accurately measuring and reporting the amounts of sugar present.
Meanwhile, we’re going to keep sippin’, because that’s none of our business.