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.