Just when you think you've tried every trendy health drink, another one pours in. Switchel — also known as haymaker's punch — is a combination of apple cider vinegar, ginger, water, and maple syrup to sweeten up the bitter ingredients. It sounds intriguing, but is this drink really something that'll benefit your body?
"Some of the ingredients in this drink could make you feel good — ginger can settle your stomach and prevent post-workout nausea, and apple cider vinegar has been associated with being a digestive aid, a detox agent, and a benefit for those who have diabetes," Taub-Dix says. "Then there's the maple syrup, which basically just makes each day feel like Sunday morning with mom's pancakes."
Drinking switchel definitely makes it easier to reap the benefits of apple cider vinegar, because anyone who's tasted ACV with water knows you have to be a real trooper not to spit it right back out. Snagging those good-for-you benefits could come at a cost, though.
"This drink has 50+ calories per eight ounces," Taub-Dix says, which are mostly thanks to the added sugar from the maple syrup. In fact, one serving of switchel can easily have up to 17 grams of sugar. Because of that, it's probably not the wisest choice to down it multiple times a day.
Then there are the workouts. When it comes to refueling, Taub-Dix thinks it's best to stick with water as your main method of staying hydrated.
"Switchel doesn't provide much in the way of electrolytes, which you often need to replace after a heavy workout," she says. "If you're looking to healthfully hydrate, just have water. Add some cut-up fruit to boost your potassium. Extra bonus: When you're done drinking, the mock sangria will provide a delicious snack to munch on."