For a while now, apple cider vinegar has been the frontrunner of all heathy articles online. It can help you lose weight, balance your pH system, even lower your risk of heartburn. ACV is available in grocery stores and bottles are totally affordable. Along with the ease of apple cider vinegar and all of the health benefits, it seems too good to be true, right?
There has to be some faults surrounding this all-in-one natural remedy. And we found it. People are drinking apple cider vinegar straight like shots of whiskey, as a normal part of their daily routine, which actually does more harm than good.
What makes apple cider vinegar differ than say, white vinegar, is that the vinegar is made from apple juice. The juice is fermented and turned into cider then fermented again and turned into vinegar. This in turn produces probiotics and beneficial bacteria which is found at the bottom of the container named, “the mother”.
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 the 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 weight loss, improve insulin sensitivity for people with diabetes, lower high blood pressure and lower the risk of heartburn, to drink apple cider vinegar straight comes at a cost. The acid can harm your esophagus and cause difficulty swallowing.
Instead health professionals encourage people to stir one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into 8 oz 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.
Very Berry Smoothie
Mixed berries, banana, almond milk and apple cider vinegar turn this smoothie into an antioxidant beverage. You’ll never go back to drinking ACV shots.
Maple Syrup Vinegar Soda
Pure maple syrup and sparkling water elevate this drinking vinegar. Using a SodaStream makes this cocktail within minutes. You could serve these at a family party and they’ll never know this soda is good for them.
Perfect Summer Watermelon Shrub
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.