(WJBK) - There's always something new, trendy and supposedly healthy for us to try in the food market. That goes for drinks as well.
Dr. Joel Kahn, America's heart healthy doc, joined us on The Nine to give us the lowdown on some of these so-called healthy drinks. With whatever we drink, though, the number one goal is to stay hydrated.
"There's this whole field called "hacking your health" - can you go even further than hydration and actually maybe improve your overall performance?" Dr. Kahn says of these "healthy drinks." He joined us to compare matcha tea, kombucha, mushroom coffee and nootropic coffee.
"It sounds disgusting, but, there are several brands of coffee that are infused with a variety of mushrooms," he explains.
He says these aren't just any ordinary mushrooms, but are known as the "kings" of mushrooms and may improve your immune response, give you energy, take away some of the jitteriness some people get with coffee and can also help it taste smoother.
He says he drinks it in his house, but, there isn't any science to proove we're helping our bodies.
"It's not going to hurt anybody, except, it's probably just a little more expensive than percolator coffee," he says.
Even further down the coffee variant is nootropic coffee, coffee infused with vitamin-supplements said to improve your performance.
He says for people who are foggy in the morning, this could be a real kickstart. He agrees we should be looking for vitamin-infused food and drinks.
"Frankly, we are eating too many processed, garbage foods. I don't care who we are, it's a struggle. So, if you can grab a few more nutrients in these tourine things we're doing, go for it."
Tea drinks have several varieties to choose from, but the king of green tea is matcha tea. Green tea is made with the leaf, whereas matcha tea is made also with the twig and stems.
It usually comes in a powder that's green in color, and it's mixed in with hot water. It's said to have 10-100 times the impact of regular green tea, and even black and white teas. He says the chemical in it called EGCG is a tremendous antioxidant.
"It's kind of an antidote to our stinky American diet," he says.
Kombucha is fermented black or green tea with a little sugar.
From a scientific standpoint, Dr. Kahn says the only thing going for it is it's rich in probiotic, which can help heal your gut.
One thing to watch out for is how many grams of sugar are in the one you choose. Some have as much as pop.
"Be very careful to read the label," he says.