Myths About Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has gained so much popularity in the past decade. It is claimed to be a magical drink that helps you in everything, from lowering your weight to lowering your blood sugar. With the help of a tablespoon, you can instantly change your health or that’s what people think.

Let’s clear the air around apple cider vinegar:

 1st Myth: You can lose weight fast

Many people consider apple cider vinegar as a magical weight-loss drink. It will allegedly flush out all the extra fat and get you slim in a jiffy. Much of the claims are based on research published in the journal Bioscience, Biotechnology, Biochemistry. This research found out that participants who were given ACV for 12 weeks lost more inches from their waist, body fat, and weight. The study didn’t mention anything about exercise or diet. So, the weight loss can be theoretically caused by vinegar. However, the participants lost only about a pound on average.

Unfortunately, this vinegar can’t undo a bad lifestyle or a poor diet. Though, it can be a helpful addition to a good lifestyle and healthy diet. 

2nd Myth: You can cure diabetes with it

ACV has the ability to stabilize glucose levels in your body and prevent the dangerous blood sugar spikes. There was a study published in the Journal of Diabetes Research in 2015. The study showed patients with Type 2 diabetes drank 1 ounce of vinegar and experienced lower triglyceride, insulin, and blood glucose up to five hours after they ate. Although it may be beneficial for people with prediabetes or insulin resistance, it can’t replace diabetes medication and insulin. The study concluded with a note that more research is needed to examine the long term effects of vinegar on patients with Type 2 diabetes. 

3rd Myth: You can lower your cholesterol with it

This notion is based on a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition in 2006. The study found out acetic acid found in vinegar lowered the total cholesterol and triacylglycerols. A recent study found out that specifically ACV lowered lipid levels and protected kidneys and liver when you take a high cholesterol diet. So, what is the problem? The problem is the first study was conducted on rats and the second one was performed on mice, and you all know they’re much different than humans physiologically. Though the results are promising, more research needs to be done on humans to declare definitive results.

4th Myth: You can lower your high blood pressure with it

A study found out that rats who consumed acetic acid (a component of vinegar) experienced lower blood pressure, but those were rats and not humans. There are no good studies yet conducted that can definitely prove the results in humans.

5th Myth: It has no side effects

As ACV is so acidic, it destroys the enamel of your tooth, in case you frequently consume it without dilution. If taken in high doses, you can also face low potassium levels in your body. If you want to take it, a tablespoon or two in water is enough.

6th Myth: Your stomach benefits with it

Though research about how ACV affects your belly fat is still going on, it surely impacts your stomach internally. According to research, ACV can aggravate Gastroparesis. It is a condition in patients with diabetes where your stomach isn’t able to empty itself normally.

7th Myth: You can prevent yourself from cancer with it

Research suggested it can slow the growth of cancer cells. However, these studies are preliminary in nature and when compared to similar research, the results are inconclusive. Therefore, it is safe to conclude that ACV isn’t a miracle cancer-fighting substance and you shouldn’t regard it so.

8th Myth: Apple and ACV have same nutrients

This vinegar comes from fermented apples. That’s why the name. This doesn’t mean you should start drinking it rather than eating an apple. Vitamin C, potassium, and fiber present in apples aren’t present in ACV (though there is some amount of potassium found in this vinegar but it’s only 5% of what is found in apples).    

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