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.
Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar Shots
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!
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
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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