We have heard the reasons for and against drinking apple cider vinegar (ACV). It seems to be a mixed bag. Animal research and small human trials have shown very good results about its ability to control blood sugar after meals. The Mayo Clinic saw that mixing a couple of tablespoons with a cup of water and a pinch of cinnamon had very heartening results. But, other claims made by people who believe in ACV’s health properties have yet to be proven. That’s not to say they’re untrue, they simply aren’t tested. One should always be careful about changing diet in an abrupt way. ACV is highly acidic, so speak to your doctor before adding it into your day.
There are many uses for ACV from cleaning house and hair to being the base of home remedies for a variety of problems. The research on the efficacy of the medical uses ACV is lacking. But, it has been shown to help keep you fuller longer and help fight post meal blood sugar spikes. It also improves insulin sensitivity.
It’s important to note that, if you add a water and ACV drink to your diet, you should wash out your mouth to prevent the acid from damaging your teeth. Additionally, the acid may harm your esophagus and digestive tract. It can also interact with medication. That’s why it might be better to use it as a base for salad dressing than as a drink. If you think ACV might be a good thing for you, this drink sounds tasty. The Mayo Clinic’s research is great, but we still don’t know much about ACV.
Just like with any other lifestyle change, do research, talk to friends and then talk to your doctor. Maybe a drink isn’t right for you. Apple vinegar can be an ingredient in healthy foods. If you aren’t interested in this drink, maybe you’re interested in pickled deviled eggs or juicy pulled pork. After all, just because you might not want to drink it doesn’t mean it’s not a great ingredient!