The apple cider vinegar of my eye… is it all it’s cracked up to be?

Apple cider vinegar comes from apples that have been crushed, distilled, and then fermented.

It’s the talk of the town in the health world, so we’re going to give you some in-cider information on the truth about this whizz-bang ingredient...


Teeth

Let’s protect those pearly whites shall we? If you’re going to have ACV, please dilute it or drink it through a straw. The acidity levels can damage the enamel of your teeth when sipped straight from a glass. Alternatively, enjoy it in a vinaigrette salad dressing.  

 

Blood Sugar

We always like to look on the bright cider life!!

Due to its acidity content, a small dose of vinegar (such as in a salad dressing) is enough to substantially reduce your body’s glycaemic response. If included in a meal, ACV will effectively stabilise your blood sugar levels after eating! Sugar cravings, be gone!

 

Digestion

While the blood sugar stabilising properties of ACV sound fab, the way it achieves this isn’t so glamorous for some…

Vinegar is said to stabilise blood sugar levels by delaying gastric emptying. Delayed gastric emptying... What on earth does that mean? This is a condition that prevents proper emptying of the stomach, potentially leading to symptoms like bloating and nausea - not ideal! 


Apple cider vinegar isn’t essential for optimal health - contrary to what some may have you believe! Enjoy it every so often in a dressing or marinade, but don’t stress over shotting it each day, like you’ve probably been told is one of the best things for your health!


References:

Brighenti, F., et al., Effect of neutralized and native vinegar on blood glucose and acetate responses to a mixed meal in healthy subjects. Eur J Clin Nutr, 1995. 49(4): p. 242-7.

Hlebowicz J, Darwiche G, Björgell O, Almér L. Effect of apple cider vinegar on delayed gastric emptying in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus: a pilot study. BMC Gastroenterology. 2007;7(1).