Sounds disgusting, right?! The simple thought alone makes my mouth water… and not in a good way. More like the way it waters right before I get sick. Vinegar? Really? WHY?!
It seems to be the Drinking Vinegar is a hot topic in the heath and nutrition world. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) in particular has been an old home remedy for things like:
- Calming an upset stomach
- Getting rid of hiccups
- Curing indigestion
- Clearing your sinuses
- Aiding in weight loss, due to the acidic nature having appetite suppression qualities. (source)
I like the sounds of all of that! So, is Drinking Vinegar the next trendy beverage? Could be. And after reading that list of benefits, I’m super curious about it. Questions I still have: what is being done to make this vinegar not taste so… much like vinegar? Certainly throwing back a shot or two of vinegar could never become a part of my daily lifestyle, if something about the taste (and the smell!) wasn’t done, no matter how good it was for me! I gave up shots about the same time I graduated from college. (OK, that’s a lie… but I truly do restrict the shot taking to special occasions and tropical vacations!)
With health claims such as reducing blood sugar levels, supporting gut health, and warding off weight gain, I’ll admit… I’m definitely wondering if I should be checking this out!
So I put my super-sleuthing research skills to work in a healthy, positive manner… and started digging around the good ol’ World Wide Web to see what I could find out about this new drink trend. Turns out, ACV is being mixed with fruit juices, sparkling water, and probiotics (just to add to the already long list of health benefits!) I also found that it’s important to do your research on your drinking vinegars, as well… as some brands are adding sugar to sweeten the taste… which, as we all know, is not adding to the list of health benefits.
Health.com was a great resource for me, when I started wondering what it was I should be looking for when shopping for Drinking Vinegar. Here’s a checklist to implement when jumping on this trend:
- Check the type of vinegar. Make sure it’s Apple Cider Vinegar! It’s known to have the most health benefits.
- Note the serving size. It’s important to know how much of that bitter stuff you should be drinking. Half the bottle? The entire bottle? Also, use the serving size per bottle to calculate things like carbs, sugars, and calories.
- Beware of the sugar. 13 grams of sugar is more than 3 teaspoons of sugar. Think about that. Whoa.
- Making it at home may be the healthiest option. The article even includes an easy recommended recipe: two teaspoons of organic raw apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of organic honey swirled into a cup of warm water once a day. (You can also chill it and sip it cold.) BUT, if you’re anything like me, I’m all about convenience and I’d rather leave it to the experts to make my Drinking Vinegar. I found that Suja Juice offers a ton of flavors, and I didn’t mind sampling them! You can find a local stockist via their website.
- Don’t overdo it. Yep, too much of a good thing can turn into a bad thing. Too much ACV, for example, lowers the potassium levels in your body. Drink responsibly, my friends.
So there you have it. Drinking Vinegar is a “thing” and it seems to have awesome health benefits. Would you try it? If you do, let us know what you think my dropping us a note at: firstname.lastname@example.org!