Can Probiotics Survive In Tea? Is It A Hot Scam?

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I was at the store today when I came across some Lemon Ginger teabags for sale. 

With one eyebrow raised, I sighed slowly staring at the bright yellow box.

I will share why I believe probiotics can not survive in hot boiling water in this post.

Probiotic Bacteria Are Easily Killed

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When I say easily killed I mean before they reach deep into your gut and start to feed off of the prebiotic fiber.

The probiotic bacteria can die off during be stored in a hot warehouse, during transportation in a humid truck or even after swallowing the capsule. Pickled foods in vinegar will also kill probiotic bacteria.

Swallowing a probiotic capsule doesn't mean the probiotic bacteria will reach your microbiome. Your stomach acid can kill off the probiotic bacteria before that happens. 

Always make sure that your probiotic capsule is en-coated in a material that can withstand the stomach acid.

The point I am trying to make is that probiotic bacteria like Lactobacillus isn't some indestructible bacteria that can survive in boiling water. (1)

Is Probiotic Tea A Scam?

I am sorry to say this but MOST but not all Probiotic Tea is indeed a scam unless you are planning to drink it with cold water or buy a brand that has only the bacillus coagualns BC30 strain.

Boiling your teabag at 212 / 100c will kill off most good (and bad) bacteria faster than you can say PROBIOTIC. It's why we heat raw foods with dangerous bacteria.

The heat kills the bad bacteria off and makes it safe to consume. Probiotic bacteria similar in structure but different in that they are good for us. We don't need to sterilize them with high heat.

Can Bacillus Coagulans Survive Boiling Water?

There are some claims out there that the Bacillus Coagulans probiotic strain is heat resistant and can survive extreme conditions like stomach acid. 

If you want to experience the most amazing benefits that probiotics can give then it's worth going for other Lactobacillus probiotic strains and with a higher cell count that these probiotic tea's cannot offer. (2)

Can You Put Probiotics In The Microwave?

Putting probiotics in the microwave will kill off any good probiotic bacteria so I would not suggest doing this. Don't re-heat fermented foods like Kimchi and Sauerkraut if you are eating them for the gut health benefits they provide. Also keep in mind that certain plastics can melt easily in the microwave. 

Probiotic Drink Alternatives

The good news is that if you would rather get your source of probiotics from liquids for whatever reason then there are plenty of options. It doesn't matter if you are vegan or not as well. There is something for everyone.

  • Kombucha
  • Dairy Kefir
  • Mary Ruth's Liquid
  • Probiotic Smoothies
  • Water Kefir
  • Kvass

Final Thoughts

Your probiotic tea may contain an amount of Bacillus Coagulans that reaches your microbiome but the CFU amount isn't usually clear. Any other probiotic strains won't survive the heat.

I love tea but I don't personally drink it for the benefits that probiotic bacteria can provide. There are just so many other amazing options. Fermented foods, drinks and high quality capsules are just some of the better options out there.

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