From custard toast to Oreo sushi and even pesto eggs, there seems to be no end to the weird and wonderful recipes you can find on TikTok. And the latest RecipeTok trend to catch our eye is "healthy coke".
As a die-hard Diet Coke fan I, quite frankly, haven't been able to stop thinking about the "healthy coke" trend since I first came across it on my TikTok #foryoupage. In fact, earlier this week I even dreamt that I'd made a glass of "healthy coke" for myself. PSA: It did not taste good.
So, with the "healthy coke" trend practically inescapable on TikTok, what actually is it?
TikToker Amanda Jones first started the "healthy coke" hype earlier this month. In her video – which has now amassed over six million views – she says: "My pilates instructor makes this drink, almost every day."
Amanda went on, "It's a healthy alternative to a coke. And I am not joking you, it tastes just like a coke.
"You add a splash of balsamic vinegar with ice in a cup and then take any sparkling beverage," she added. "Now you're gonna mix it together. See it honestly already looks like coke, but I swear to God, it tastes like a coke and it's healthy, and it's good for you. You've got to try it out."
Surprisingly, the "healthy coke" trend quickly picked up, with plenty of TikTokers rushing to give the recipe a go themselves. In fact, the #healthycoke hashtage has (as of writing) 54.8 million views, whilst #healthycokechallenge has an equally eyewatering 10.9 million views.
As for whether or not the beverage is healthy, there isn't much (read any) scientific evidence on it. However, balsamic vinegar does have an array of health benefits (according to Healthline) with a few of those being that; it helps to lower cholesterol; it aids healthy digestion; it improves blood circulation; and it can improve your skin.
With that being said, we're not quite so sure we'll be rushing to the kitchen to make a glass of "healthy coke" any time soon.
BRB, off to drink a *real* Coke.
This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or diagnosis. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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