Is Kombucha Good for Weight Loss?

Kombucha is a fermented tea that is made by combining sweetened black or green teas with bacteria and yeast. When the kombucha ferments, it becomes carbonated and slightly alcoholic.

The drink has been around for centuries but has become increasingly popular in recent years due to its health benefits.

But is kombucha good for weight loss? The short answer is yes! Kombucha can help you lose weight, from boosting metabolism to increasing fat-burning abilities. With that said, you need to be careful because all kombucha isn’t created equally.

Ways That Kombucha Can Help You Lose Weight

Pure and Raw Kombucha Has Low Sugar Content

This may be shocking to people seeing that you put a butt load of sugar in it when making kombucha, but the reality is, by the time fermentation is complete, about 90 percent of the sugar in a kombucha brew has been used up. In fact, sugar is the main component of what yeast and bacteria eat.

If you are drinking raw, organic kombucha in place of soda or fruit juice, then it is a great replacement.

Kombucha Contains Probiotics

Kombucha has been shown to help weight loss as it increases your good bacteria and decreases bad bacteria which leads to poor health.

Adding kombucha to your diet can provide you with a healthier gut and digestive tract which both positively impact your health in other ways and assist with weight loss.

The balance of bacteria within your gut plays a large role in digestion, nutrient absorption, and metabolism. When our body is functioning at its best, it’s able to burn fat more efficiently.

Kombucha Has Caffeine, Which Helps With Energy

Some people also find that they have an increased energy level after consuming kombucha, which may be due to the caffeine in it. Drinking kombucha prior to exercise can provide a small boost.

The Acid in Kombucha Can Help With Weight Loss

Kombucha contains acetic acid that can contribute to health and weight loss. Although acetic acid gives kombucha its sour taste, it also has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and fasting blood sugars.

The acetic acid found in kombucha may interfere with the breakdown of sugars and starches, resulting in less impact on blood sugar. Your ability to lose weight is multi-factorial but glucose and blood sugar regulation directly impact your body’s ability to utilize fat as fuel rather than storing it.

Reasons Why All Kombucha May Not Help With Weight Loss

Many Have A Lot of Added Sugar

Many kombucha brands have a ton of added sugar in them that will not help with weight loss.

It’s possible to add sugar or ingredients like fruit to alter the taste after the initial fermentation is completed. A lot of brands that you can find on the shelf do this, just so it tastes better and is attractive to more people.

Not All Kombucha Drinks Are the Same

Although kombucha can be a great part of your weight loss plan, not all brands are created equal. You’ll have to do some research and make sure that you’re getting organic, raw kombucha with no added sugar or preservatives. There’s nothing worse than putting in the effort to lose weight and then drinking something that zaps your motivation.

Store-Bought Kombucha May Not Contain Probiotics or Benefits for the Gut

It is important to understand that many commercially available raw kombucha drinks are pasteurized which kills off all bacteria, including probiotics and their benefits.


Kombucha is a great drink to add in your diet but you have to do some research and make sure it fits into your weight loss goals. You may not want to use kombucha as the main beverage for every meal, or maybe one day of the week would be beneficial!

About The Author

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Stephen aka “Kombucha Coach”

My goal with Kombucha Coach is to help teach people about kombucha and start their journey into home brewing it themselves.