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WHAT ARE THEY? Tangy drinks, such as kom­bucha, are on the rise, which is why you may have no­ticed ready-to-drink bot­tles of a bevvy la­beled “drink­ing vine­gar” on store shelves. Drink­ing vine­gars are tartly sim­i­lar to kom­bucha, though they of­ten con­tain fruit juice, pureed fruit and/or sweet­en­ers. WHAT’S THE BUZZ ABOUT?

Reg­u­larly sip­ping a lit­tle ap­ple cider vine­gar is an old rem­edy that some claim can sup­port gut health, re­duce blood su­gar and even ward off weight gain. Drink­ing vine­gars make the health ben­e­fits of vine­gar more palat­able but also in­crease your in­take of su­gar, though they of­ten con­tain less su­gar than you’d get from a reg­u­lar soda, sports quencher or en­ergy drink.

WHAT TO KNOW: Drink­ing vine­gars may, in­deed, help boost pro­bi­otics in your gut and help you avoid more sug­ary drinks, but be sure to read la­bels. Not all drink­ing vine­gars con­tain ap­ple cider vine­gar, and some con­tain more than one serv­ing, mean­ing you should only drink one-third or half the bot­tle at a time to get what’s re­flected on the Nu­tri­tion Facts panel. Also, drink­ing high amounts of vine­gar may lower your body’s potas­sium lev­els, so drink it in moderation to get the perks with­out do­ing any harm.

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