Friday, January 13, 2012

Nutritional Facts of Yogurt and Kombucha

Yogurt and kombucha are both foods that contain special bacteria called probiotics. These types of bacteria can promote digestive health by controlling the population of harmful bacteria in the digestive tract. According to the "New York Times," thousands of species of bacteria are classified as probiotics, but few of them have been proved effective in humans by clinical trials. In addition to the probiotic bacteria provided by kombucha and yogurt, the foods have differing nutritional value that can make one or the other better suited for individual dietary needs.

Kombucha Nutritional Content

A 16 ounce bottle of kombucha contains about 60 calories. The drink provides no fat, no protein and only seven g of carbohydrates. Kombucha also contains 20 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6. Additionally, kombucha contains 20 percent of vitamin B12, which is generally found in meat.

Other Potential Benefits of Kombucha

Kombucha is a tea fermented by bacteria that are responsible for the touted health benefits of the drink. Proponents of kombucha claim that it eases digestion, provides natural energy and mental clarity and strengthens the immune system. A 2003 review in the German medical journal "Research in Complementary and Natural Classical Medicine" found little clinical evidence to support these claims.

Yogurt Content

A cup of whole milk yogurt contains about 300 calories with 17 g of protein, 16 g of fat and 23 g of carbohydrates. Yogurt is also a good source of calcium and vitamin A. Yogurt contains probiotics in the form of Lactobacillus acidophilus, but the exact amount of the bacteria varies from product to product.


The choice between yogurt and kombucha will depend on your dietary needs. Yogurt contains more macronutrients, which means it can be used as a healthy snack or meal. Kombucha, however, has few macronutrients and will not properly replenish your body the way yogurt will. The fermentation and bacteria of kombucha may aid in digestion. Kombucha also has a strong flavor that may be difficult for some people to stomach.

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