Since the ‘90s when it first gained recognition as a cure-all for ailments for everything from cancer to graying hair, kombucha tea has continued to gain popularity despite minimal scientific validation and potential risks. Now commercially available through a variety of national and regional distributors, including Whole Foods and Safeway, kombucha tea has become a hit among the proponents for holistic medicine, but why? Is it just a fad or does kombucha actually possess some type of miraculous healing power? …“In short, there isn’t good evidence that kombucha tea delivers on its health claims. However, there have been reports of adverse effects such as upset stomach, infections and allergic reactions in kombucha tea drinkers,” said Dr. Brent Bauer in a Mayo Clinic statement.
Medill Chicago, By Christi Sodano, 02/24/2012