Is Kombucha HIGH or LOW in FODMAPS?

Posted on September 29, 2015

Recently, one of our most requested foods to test for FODMAP levels has been the infamous KOMBUCHA drink.

For many of you with IBS type symptoms, you may be familiar with this bubbly concoction, but for some this drink may be completely foreign! Here’s a little info on Kombucha for those not acquainted with the beverage…



Kombucha is a fizzy, fermented tonic that has anecdotally been used to aid in a number of digestive ailments. It is made from a combination of brewed tea, sugar and SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). These ingredients are brewed, then left to ferment, and eventually bottled to create a low sugar, probiotic rich liquid.

Aside from use as a digestive aid, many Kombucha drinkers use the tonic as a daily pick me up, immunity enhancer, detoxifier and even sleeping aid.

However, despite common use amongst healthy eaters, IBS-ers and the like, we are sorry to say that recent results show that Kombucha is NOT FODMAP Friendly!

Our independent, approved testing can confirm that this bubbly drink, despite its many purported health benefits, EXCEEDS the thresholds set for FODMAP testing.

The full data on Kombucha, as well as many other NEWLY tested foods will be available in future upgraded of our FODMAP Friendly App.

Don’t forget to head on over to our Facebook page to let us know which foods you would like to see tested next!

Disclaimer: always remember that FODMAP thresholds can be unique, between individuals. If drinking Kombucha does not cause IBS type symptoms, then continue to enjoy. However, if you are experiencing ongoing problems, perhaps consider reducing your intake of this beverage, and as always see a health specialist, such as a registered dietitian.


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