South Koreans are going crazy for vinegar diet drinks. We take a look at the health benefits of vinegar.
Why are vinegar Korean health drinks popular?
In Korea, vinegar’s benefits have been known throughout history. It was mentioned in Heo Jun’s Dongeui Bogam – a massive encyclopaedia of medicine compiled thousands of years ago – and has been used holistically for many centuries to treat a variety of illnesses.
Today, Koreans drink vinegar in order to improve their overall health. Korean vinegar drink health benefits include:
- Increased blood circulation
- Improved digestion
- A clear complexion
- Appetite suppression
- Memory improvement
- Enhanced physical stamina
- Lower cholesterol
In South Korea, many types of Korean health drinks have been developed, most of which – according to The Korea Blog – are made of fermented black vinegar. Although the taste of pure vinegar is somewhat unpleasant, far more palatable options in a variety of flavors are thankfully available.
Sempio is made of naturally aged black rice vinegar. It is available in both pomegranate and berry, and contains additional minerals and nutrients. This Korean health drink is a concentrate, and tastes better when diluted in advance with either still or sparkling water. Sempio can also be used as a salad dressing, and adds a touch of flavor to cooked meals.
Hongcho is a popular vinegar diet drink in South Korea. Available in a variety of different flavors, including blueberry, blackberry and pomegranate, Hongcho vinegar benefits include a pleasant taste and a nutritious composition. In particular, Hongcho’s pomegranate vinegar is loaded with acetic acid, which is essential for healthy digestion. Like other Korean health drinks with vinegar, Hongcho is a concentrate and tastes best when diluted with water.