In the last two years, we are experiencing a megatrend for healthy living, which not only includes healthy eating but also healthy drinking. Vinegar-based drinks have risen in popularity – with large numbers of people now talking about the health benefits of consuming apple cider vinegar every day.
In the past, vinegar has been used as food preservative and part of cooking recipes. Distilled white vinegar is still commonly used for pickling and many cooking recipes in Japan use sweetened rice wine vinegar or mirin.
Many believe that vinegar has some health benefits such as controlling blood sugar levels and improving metabolism which can help with weight loss. However, due to its acidic nature, vinegar might also have some negative side effects when consumed too much. Dentists have said that vinegars could inflict damage to tooth enamel which could cause dental erosion. Furthermore, in some cases vinegar could also cause indigestion.
As a result, many people dilute vinegar with juice, water, spices, honey, and herbs to reduce its acidity and improve its flavour, creating healthy vinegar-based drinks.
Why is this interesting?
Drinking vinegar for its health benefits is not new. However, ready-to-drink vinegar-based drinks are. With the rising awareness about healthy living and the popularity of vinegar-based drinks, the market is open to new, palatable, convenient and easy to consume formats.
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