Why Apple Cider Vinegar Isn't as Healthy as You Might Think

For a while now, apple cider vinegar has been the frontrunner of all health and wellness articles online. This home remedy can help with obesity, reduce cholesterol, lower blood sugar levels, help with type 2 diabetes, and even cure acid reflux and heartburn. ACV is available in grocery stores and bottles are totally affordable. Taking into account the accessibility and all of the health benefits of apple cider vinegar, it seems too good to be true, right?

Apple cider vinegar is made from the fermentation of apple juice, which results in probiotics, along with antioxidant and antidiabetic properties. The acetic acids in this salad dressing ingredient are responsible for many of the health benefits of ACV, which are seemingly endless.

More than just a yummy ingredient in marinades, apple cider vinegar is shown to boost the immune system, helping to fight off colds and sore throats. It also benefits the digestive system and is great for detox because of its ability to remove toxins from the body. Plus, ACV lowers blood pressure and potassium levels. However, as we discovered, drinking ACV sometimes makes problems worse, so it's best to do some research before downing a glass.

People are drinking this all-in-one natural remedy straight like shots of whiskey, as a normal part of their daily routine, which actually has more negative side effects than benefits.

How To Drink Apple Cider Vinegar

While unfiltered apple cider vinegar, like the brand Bragg, may seem sweeter, consumers must remember it's pure vinegar they are consuming. With this being said, drinking straight vinegar can damage tooth enamel due to acetic acid. Although the pH of apple cider vinegar is less than that of lemon juice, it's still harmful, especially if you brush your teeth immediately after.

And while ACV may promote body weight loss, improve insulin sensitivity for people with diabetes, treat dandruff and lower the risk of heartburn, to drink apple cider vinegar straight comes at a cost. The acidity can harm your esophagus and cause difficulty swallowing.

Instead, health professionals encourage people to stir one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into 8 oz glass of water. You can even prepare recipes using apple cider vinegar to enjoy the benefits without the worry (and nauseating effects) of drinking it straight.

Maple Syrup Vinegar Soda

 Maple Syrup Drinking Vinegar Soda
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Pure maple syrup and sparkling water elevate this drinking vinegar. Using a SodaStream makes this cocktail within minutes. You could serve this drink recipe at a family party and they'll never know this soda is good for them, and the sweetener cuts the acidity perfectly.

Get the recipe here.

Perfect Summer Watermelon Shrub

Perfect Summer Watermelon Shrub recipe. Ripe watermelon, honey and apple cider vinegar are combined to make a syrup to flavor cocktails and drinks.
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Refreshing and simple, this shrub is made with pureed watermelon, honey and a touch of apple cider vinegar. Top the drink with sparkling water for a fun little spritzer.

Get the recipe here.

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This post was originally published on March 23, 2020.

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