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May 2012 Issue

Kombucha Tea, More Hype than Health

Steeped in promises as irresistible as “anti-aging, immune-boosting and speeding up metabolism,” kombucha tea is all the rage, even filling the cups of Hollywood A-Listers, such as Alec Baldwin and Gwyneth Paltrow. With that kind of publicity, kombucha is quickly changing its image from a centuries-old, home-brewed remedy to a commercially produced fad. Like many trends, however, an up close glimpse reveals that drinking kombucha tea may offer risks rather than benefits.

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