I have a major sweet tooth. I love sugary sodas, but I know they aren’t the best for my health. That’s why I was thrilled to discover Poppi, a prebiotic soda company that makes gut-friendly drinks using apple cider vinegar. Their fruity flavors satisfy my cravings without wreaking havoc on my digestion.
In this article, I’ll share my favorites from Poppi’s line of prebiotic sodas. Their unique blends of fruits, spices, and vinegars create flavors that are bold, complex, and delicious. Even better – they boost gut health. Keep reading to learn about the flavors I think are the absolute best from this innovative beverage brand.
Ginger Lime – A Zesty, Complex Blend
The Ginger Lime Poppi flavor is my favorite. It has an incredible flavor profile that keeps you coming back for more. The ginger adds a nice sharpness without being overpowering. It combines with the sweet and tangy lime to create a fruity yet complex taste.
What really makes this flavor stand out is the addition of apple cider vinegar. Instead of making it too sour, the vinegar enhances the tanginess and brings all the flavors together. Each bubbly sip is an explosion of zesty lime coupled with the mild kick of ginger. This is a soda with layers of flavor that keeps your tastebuds guessing.
In addition to tasting amazing, the Ginger Lime provides awesome health benefits. It contains vitamins, minerals, and acids that boost gut health and aid digestion. The ginger is anti-inflammatory while the lime provides a dose of immune-boosting vitamin C.
Classic Cola – Soda Taste Without the Discomfort
I’m always skeptical of cola-flavored sodas because they often leave an unpleasant heavy feeling. However, Poppi’s Classic Cola delivers the familiar flavor of cola without any discomfort.
It offers that sugary cola taste you know and love. There’s fizzy carbonation and rich caramel notes, followed by a clean, mellow almost vanilla-like aftertaste. The flavors are spot on for a traditional cola.
In addition, the Classic Cola provides a boost of caffeine from green tea. At 50mg per can, it provides caffeine without harsh jitters or crashes. Best of all, it doesn’t cause bloating or stomach upset like many sodas. This is a cola drinker’s dream.
Strawberry Lemon – A Refreshing but Mild Blend
Next on my list is the Strawberry Lemon Poppi. This flavor combines sweet strawberries with tart lemons for a refreshing taste. The flavor profile is pleasant, but I find it to be a little less complex than the Ginger Lime.
It lacks some of the sour tang that I crave in a prebiotic soda. The lemon flavor is very mild. I think a bit more lemon zest would give it the extra kick it needs. That said, the blend of strawberry and lemon is still enjoyable. It’s sweeter than the other options if that’s your preference.
Like all Poppi sodas, the Strawberry Lemon provides digestive health benefits. The lemon contains vitamin C and antioxidants. Overall, it has a nice flavor profile but I’d love a bit more sourness to balance the sweetness.
Watermelon – A Refreshingly Tart Option
Moving on to another fruit blend, the Watermelon Poppi is a tasty choice. This flavor contains just the right amount of sourness to balance the sweet watermelon taste. Each sip starts sweet and finishes with a satisfying tart tang.
The apple cider vinegar accentuates the natural richness of the watermelon. You get lovely fruitiness coupled with a hint of sour that lovers of watermelon candy will enjoy. Of all the options, I’d say this has the most balanced sweet-and-sour profile.
The Watermelon soda contains vitamins A and C for immune system support. This is a nice option for those who want to explore gut-healthy soda but are hesitant to try an intense vinegar flavor. It’s sweet with just a bit of vinegar tang.
Orange Poppi – A Fresh and Familiar Flavor
If you enjoy traditional orange soda, you’ll love the Orange Poppi. This flavor provides the nostalgic citrus taste that orange soda fans crave. It reminds me of childhood summers.
The flavor profile is straightforward – fizzy orange sweetness. I’d describe it as milder than an orange soda like Sunkist or Fanta. While it’s not quite as intense, it still provides the same citrus satisfaction.
In terms of health perks, the Orange Poppi is low in calories and sugar compared to mainstream brands. It’s also gluten-free, vegan, and Non-GMO. The apple cider vinegar provides enzymes and acids to boost digestion. This is the perfect flavor for an orange soda fix without the extra sugar.
Raspberry Rose – Sweet Aroma and Flavor But Potentially Overpowering
The Raspberry Rose Poppi soda has an absolutely divine aroma. You immediately smell fresh, floral rose as soon as you crack open a can. However, for me, the flavor is a bit too perfume-y.
The rose is definitely the star of the show here. It overpowers the raspberry to create a floral candy-like flavor. That said, if you love rose, this could be the perfect prebiotic soda for you. The aroma is to die for.
On the plus side, the potent rose masks much of the vinegar in this flavor. So if you aren’t a fan of that characteristic Poppi tang, this would be a great option. The floral raspberry rose taste could transport you straight to an English garden.
Root Beer – Sweet and Smooth Like Cream Soda
Last but not least is Poppi’s take on classic root beer. This drink captures the familiar sweet, smooth flavor of root beer with a pleasant twist.
It has those aromatic wintergreen and vanilla notes that root beer is known for. The sarsaparilla creates a rich, almost creamy soda taste. Of all the options, I’d say this is the sweetest. The tanginess of the vinegar is undetectable.
If you enjoy sweet sodas, the Root Beer Poppi will delight your tastebuds. It contains a touch less sugar than mainstream brands but still satisfies a craving for old-fashioned root beer. Smooth, creamy, and delicious.
What is Poppi Prebiotic Soda?
Now that you know about my favorite flavors, you may be wondering what exactly is Poppi? Poppi is a functional beverage company that makes prebiotic sodas using apple cider vinegar.
Co-founders Allison Ellsworth and Suzy Batiz were tired of missing out on indulgent treats because of stomach troubles. They created Poppi to provide gut-friendly, delicious beverages people could enjoy without discomfort.
The secret is the apple cider vinegar. Though it adds tanginess, ACV actually helps improve digestion and gut health. It contains healthy probiotics and prebiotics that help balance your microbiome. For people with sensitive stomachs, Poppi allows them to savor flavorful drinks without the unpleasant after-effects.
Since launching in 2018, the brand has seen tremendous growth and success. Poppi sodas are now sold online and in stores across the United States. Customers love the fizzy flavors and health benefits. These sodas make it possible to indulge your sweet tooth without sacrificing your gut.
The Verdict: Poppi Offers Flavorful, Gut-Friendly Fizz
After tasting my way through Poppi’s line of prebiotic sodas, I have some definite favorites. In my opinion, the Ginger Lime is the best overall flavor. But the others also provide enjoyable and distinctive tastes.
I love that I can gulp down a Poppi without worrying about stomach issues later. The apple cider vinegar works wonderfully to create sodas that quench your thirst and satisfy your cravings.
If you love soda but not the sugar overload, I highly recommend giving Poppi a try. The effervescent flavors will brighten your day without wreaking havoc on your digestion. Pop open a can of gut-friendly fizzy goodness and drink up!
Hi, I’m Ben Holland. I love cooking, traveling, and spending time with my family! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes, travel tips, and stories about my adventures with my wife and kids.