Do Apple Cider Vinegar Shots Actually Work?

This wellness trend makes a host of compelling health claims. But what are the benefits of apple cider vinegar shots?

It can be hard to keep up with health and wellness trends…and many sound too good to be true. Let’s unpack one of the latest. Taking a shot of apple cider vinegar a day is rumored to help with weight loss and boost immunity, among other health benefits.

Here’s what you need to know!

What Is Apple Cider Vinegar?

ACV is fermented apple juice. It naturally contains vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, folic acid, potassium, biotin and magnesium. It’s different than the vinegar you usually cook with, so look for Bragg’s or a similar brand.

Psst! See the difference between apple cider vinegar and white vinegar.

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar Shots

The Claims

A growing trend for using ACV for health purposes has resulted in a long list of alleged benefits. Here’s a quick summary:

  • weight loss
  • better digestion
  • healthier immune system
  • reduced appetite
  • balanced blood sugar

That’s a lot for one shot of apple cider vinegar. Phew!

The Reality

While vinegar has been used in medicine for hundreds of years, most reputable sources, such as the Mayo Clinic, don’t advise swallowing shots of vinegar. There’s no real evidence to back up most of the health claims. Even worse, taking shots of the highly acidic liquid can damage the enamel of your teeth, as well as harm your esophagus and even lungs.

Here’s What to Do Instead

Dilute It

If you like the idea of trying a natural remedy, make this apple cider vinegar drink instead. Plan to drink it in the morning or right before a meal to help reduce the impact of the acid. Here are 8 things you shouldn’t do while taking apple cider vinegar, though.

Try It Externally

For another low-impact experiment, try external applications of ACV. You can use apple cider vinegar as a cleanser for your hair or make a DIY skin toner. Swiping ACV over mosquito bites is said to cut itching, too.

Cook With It

Of course, apple cider vinegar remains a great ingredient to add to your healthy (and hearty!) recipes. If you’ve got a spare bottle of ACV in your pantry, try making this saucy Kansas city-style ribs recipe.

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Jacqueline Weiss
Jacqueline is a blogger and writer, passionate about sharing the latest in helpful tips and trends in food and cooking. In her spare time, you’ll find her trying new restaurants and experimenting in the kitchen.