In a recent viral TikTok, Amanda Jones, or @mandyvjones on the app, says her pilates makes this drink to replace the sugary Coca-Cola some might feel guilty about indulging in. She says that she takes a little bit of balsamic vinegar, which many use to accompany their salads, and mixes it with any flavor of sparkling water. Although Amanda chooses a fruit-flavored LaCroix, she tells viewers that they can choose the sparkling water of their choice. Mixing it together, she comments that it does look like a Coke, and she isn’t wrong, but now creators on TikTok debate the similarities between the OG coke and the “healthy coke”, as some dubbed it.
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With over 550 thousand likes on her original video in just a few days, her video definitely sparked a reaction. Although she claims it tastes like Coke, without the sugar, not everyone on the app buys it. “Guys, IDK how to tell u this, but balsamic and guava Lacroix is not gonna taste like sugary cola.” Others wondered if this option is indeed healthy. Although it might not have the sugars a Coke does, is it really better to drink vinegar and sparkling water?
One dietitian posted her review of the healthy Coke trend so that her viewers would not have to, while also discussing if this is a better option than regular Coke. She compares them to the cauliflower instead of rice trend and bell peppers as hamburger burns, saying that although these options can be great if you prefer them, they are not actually what they claim to be. In the end, she tells her viewers that it is “disgusting,” which many expected. She also says that if you are craving a Coke, to drink it, as everything in moderation can be included in a healthy diet.
While many creators tried the drink and found it horrible, others genuinely enjoyed it. Though some claim it tastes exactly like a Coke, one creator says “It does not taste identical to a coke. However, it tastes super good. May not be for everyone.” Although the trend looks relatively harmless, some pointed out how this points toward the issue of diet culture. According to the University of California San Diego, diet culture “refers to a set of beliefs that values thinness, appearance, and shape above health & well-being.” Some on TikTok try to bring awareness to the harmfulness of diet culture, which can be found in things like labeling foods as “good” or “bad” or restrictive eating, and how it can lead to unhealthy eating patterns or negative self-esteem.
So, the verdict seems to be if you enjoy the taste of the healthy coke, go for it. But, if you drink the mix in order to avoid the soda, it might just be best to enjoy the soda instead, as long as it is in moderation.