Kombucha: The Truth about Trendy Health Drinks – Thomas DeLauer
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there are a lot of trendy drinks out there these days all kinds of fruity low-calorie sugar-free kinds of drinks and I want to do this video to address three of the most popular trendy drinks right now so that you can determine which ones are best and what you should look for when you’re looking at a label with one of these trendy drinks now the most popular one that we’re seeing all over the place are juices okay they’ve been around for a long time and most of us know not to go and get a juice from concentrate down the juice aisle at the grocery store but the thing is a lot of us have resorted to going to juice bars or we buy these juices that say they’re fresh-squeezed well there’s some things that we really need to pay attention to when it comes to juicing now the main one is that we lose a lot of the nutritional value and I think a lot of us know that in the back of our minds but a lot of times we want to put it out because it feels so good to drink a juice well it feels good because you’re not having a lot of digestive stimuli you’re not having to really break down a lot of food so yeah you feel good after you drink them but the thing is you’re missing out on a lot of the nutrients but the other thing is you’re also getting a concentrated amount of sugar most of the time in fact according to a 2008 study by the diabetes care Association it was found after following 70,000 nurses around for six months that were documenting the diets their patients that patients that consumed equal amounts of fruit in terms of juice versus regular fruit had astonishing differences now what the difference was is those that consumed the juices had a much higher risk of developing diabetes in a much higher control blood sugar throughout the day versus those that were consuming the same amount of fruit by way of eating actual fruit and a lot of times when it came down to was the extra fiber that was in the fruit that they were actually consuming versus immediately just consuming the juice so what this is telling us is that there is a lot that we’re missing out when we’re juicing so at the end of the day it’s best to try to mix your fruits and vegetables into a blender into some form of smoothie where it’s just just juicing them all the time and if you are going to buy a juice off the shelf try to find one that is cold-pressed because a lot of times when they’re cold press the molecules are a little bit smaller so what happens as you get a lot more in the way of nutrients those nutrients don’t just get obliterated with the pulp that ends up getting washed away when you go through the juicing process now the other thing you want to look for when you’re looking for a juice is you want to find one that has a lower calorie lower sugar content and base so if you look at the first ingredient of your juice you’re going to want to see one that says say cucumber juice or celery juice now that may not be as sweet of a taste but you’re looking at a lot less of a fructose impact from celery and cucumber than you would be from say orange juice now if fruit is your thing try to find one that has apple juice as the base since apple juice is relatively low glycemic in the grand scheme of things the next trendy drink on my list are those flavored waters now we’re long past the days of aspartame you know like a lot of us know now that aspartame B isn’t good and if you look around a lot of the diet sodas have even started switching over to using Splenda as their sweetener as the general population starts to grow accustomed to the fact that aspartame really isn’t all that great for us but we still have to be careful so a lot of these fitness waters these waters that have a little bit of sweeteners in them just to make it easy to get them down we really have to be careful you’re usually sweetened with Splenda and there was a recent study by the Journal of toxicology that was pretty eye-opening especially for someone like me that’s always looking at digestive health now it was found that those that consumed Splenda over the course of about 12 weeks had a 50% reduction in their gut flora now what this means is they’re losing 50% of the healthy gut bacteria that’s normally breaking down food in helping you assimilate now I can only hypothesize myself when I say that’s going to make a pretty big impact in what you absorb from what you eat and to add insult to injury there are even some studies now that are starting to link artificial sweeteners to an insulin response now in short what this could ultimately mean is that when you consume an artificial sweetener your pancreas might be secreting insulin just as it ordinarily would with a traditional sugar that isn’t zero calorie so it might be just as bad if not worse to consume these zero calorie drinks that it would be to just drink a soda in the first place which ultimately I don’t recommend either so you have to ask yourself what do you get what do you do well fortunately there’s a lot of drinks that are coming out that are now sweetened with stevia now again there’s a lot of science out there that’s trying to combat stevia but as of right now it’s pretty inconclusive and we’re finding that stevia is ultimately seeming to be pretty safe so try to find a drink that’s sweetened with stevia maybe a sweetened with a little bit of agave or a little bit of honey instead the last trendy drink that I want to talk about is one that my clients approached me about all the time and the intentions are good of this drink we’re talking about kombucha it’s everywhere you walk into any Whole Foods Market you’re going to see wall to wall of kombucha the thing is like I said the intentions are good the idea behind kombucha is to be a fermented tea that’s going to help aid in basically producing more gut bacteria giving you a healthy gut biome that’s all fine and dandy but we have to look at what happens when you make kombucha a lot of times sugars are added to feed the fermentation process well a lot of times they add too much sugar and that sugar doesn’t really get consumed in that fermentation process so you’re left with a lot of excess sugar that you’re just flat-out consuming and your body’s utilizing as energy or attempting to utilize this energy now additionally since kombucha is getting so much more popular now we’re starting to add more and more sugars and more and more artificial flavors to them to try to make them a little bit more enticing so that people drink them and as time goes on kombucha has evolved from a healthy fermented tea into a trendy health drink that might not be quite so healthy and there’s some interesting science and it’s pretty much dead even on whether kombucha in general is good or bad you see one study went out there and found that kombucha can actually contribute to metabolic acidosis which is basically increasing your pH and then another study went out there and found that kombucha is actually benefiting the liver and preventing liver infection so we kind of have two things to look at here but basically at the end of the day it’s still pretty even-keeled so what can you do if you like kombucha well the solution is to find a local kombucha that doesn’t have a lot of preservatives in it if you can find someone that is making kombucha locally and selling it at your local market that’s going to be your best choice because when you start going with the bigger name kombucha unfortunately preservatives are added just so that it has more of a shelf life whenever possible try to get your kombucha on tap and try to just get regular plain old kombucha flavor don’t go for
all the crazy fun additives as always keep it locked in here on my videos and don’t hate me because I’m trying to spoil the fun drinks for you I’m just trying to give you what you need so that you can make an educated decision and do what’s best for you to get in the best shape of your life I’ll see you in the next video
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-Juice cleanses and the general consumption of juice has become very popular over the last few years.
-Juice contains many, but not all, of the health benefits of fresh fruits.
-When you juice, you lose
-A 2008 study from Diabetes Care followed over 70,000 nurses for 18 years and collected information on their diets. The variables measured were the consumption of vegetables, fruit and fruit juice. Those who consumed more fresh fruit or fresh veggies experienced a lower occurrence of diabetes, while those who consumed more fruit juice had an increased hazard of diabetes. (1)
-Be careful of what is in fruit juices. Many of them add extra sugar and other preservatives.
-Tips: Be sure to get 100% juice.
-Cold-pressed juice retains more of the nutritional content of the fruit, so get that whenever possible (2)
-Homemade juice is fresh and you can see what goes into it. Buy a juice and make some of your juice from home.
-Get juices with more vegetables, which have less sugar content than fruits.
-Smoothies retain more of the nutritional content, such as fiber, so opt for a smoothie rather than a juice.
2. Zero Calorie Drinks-
-We all have heard that diet soda is still bad for us, but what about those zero calorie flavored waters? Are we safe to use this to curb a sweet tooth?
-A 2008 study in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health found that consuming Splenda, one of the most common artificial sweeteners, lead to many adverse effects. By measuring stool samples, they found that after 12 weeks of Splenda consumption had reduced levels of beneficial microflora and increased pH. (3)
-Our gut microbiome is vital to how we absorb nutrients and digest our food. We do not want to alter this as we do not know all of the potential health effects.
-Higher pH has also been found to be negative for health. In the Western diet we have a very acidic diet.
-Many other studies of humans have found an increase in weight gain as well as type-2 diabetes in those who consume artificial sweeteners (4).
Tips: steer clear of anything labeled zero calorie
-Instead consume drinks with small amount of natural sugar from fruits or veggies, or consume drinks sweetened with Stevia, a natural sweetener.
-We have all likely seen Kombucha all over the shelves of the healthy drink section. Does it hold up?
-Kombucha is a fermented beverage made from tea and sugar.
-The research on this subject seems to be mixed, with some finding beneficial effects and some finding negative effects.
-One study looked at the studies out there and performed a review of the clinical evidence. This study found that there were reported incidences of liver damage, metabolic acidosis and cutaneous anthrax infections. (5)
-Yet another cumulative analysis study found the opposite and touted health benefits of Kombucha, including protection against metabolic and infective disorders. (6)
-The scientific community appears to be split when it comes to Kombucha.
Tips: If you have Kombucha, do so sparingly.
-The benefits of plain, home brewed teas, is extensive and has been touted for years, so have some sugar-free drinks instead.
*Rather than get your healthy drinks from the store, make them at home. Brew tea and make your own juices and smoothies. When you do purchase from a store, be sure to read the label. Be wary of low or no calorie drinks, and be sure that no sugar has been added to your juice.
1. Intake of Fruit, Vegetables and Fruit Juices and Risk of Diabetes in Women
2. Should I Care Whether My Juice is Cold Pressed?
3. Splenda Alters Gut Microflora and Increases Intestinal p-glycoprotein and Cytochrome p-450 in male rats.
4. Artificial Sweeteners: A systematic review of metabolic health in youth
5. Kombucha: A systematic review of the clinical evidence
6. Current Evidence on physiological activity and expected health effects of kombucha fermented beverage.
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