Not All Kombuchas Are Made Equal
“Kombucha buying rule number one: stick with organic. “The Food and Drug Administration doesn’t approve all kombucha labels, but organic certifiers are super obsessive,” says Matt Thomas, CEO of Brew Dr. Kombucha. To get the organic stamp of approval, for example, he says that Brew Dr. Kombucha has to run every single label change it wants to make by its certifier.
And if companies don’t care enough to go the extra step to get certified organic, he says that they may have lower quality standards overall—and what’s bottled inside could be pasteurized, instead of the (raw) good stuff. “[Pasteurizing] makes it easier to ship and store, but then you’re losing all the probiotic benefits,” he says.”