What's with the big love-on for apple cider vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar is not only great in salads, but it can lower your blood sugar, improve acne, and possibly help with weight loss.

Jordan Heuvelmans 2 minute read February 18, 2020
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People have been speaking about the believed “miracle” benefits of apple cider vinegar for a few years now. From weight loss to skincare, apple cider vinegar has many rumoured benefits — some true and others false. While there have been multiple studies to determine the benefits versus the myths, in the natural health community it remains the most popular vinegar.

Apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting the sugar from apples, which turns it into acetic acid. This acid is the active ingredient in all vinegars. It’s often used as a salad dressing, but is also believed to be a remedy for various ailments, from sore throats to high blood pressure.

But the main driver of apple cider vinegar’s rise in popularity has been the diabetic community, helping Type 2 diabetics regulate insulin.

According to Healthline, apple cider vinegar helps to improve insulin sensitivity during high carb meals, while significantly lowering blood sugar and insulin responses after meals. For example, it can reduce blood sugar by 34 per cent after eating 50 grams of white bread. Vice also sings the tart vinegar’s praises as a method of lowering blood sugar, in addition to helping with digestion.

A natural disinfectant

The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar is also good for killing harmful bacteria or prevent it from multiplying. This makes the vinegar ideal as a disinfectant and a natural preservative. Many people apply it to the skin topically, saying that it has helped to improve their acne by removing bacteria and reducing the appearance of scarring.

It can help manage weight loss

Other studies have suggested that apple cider vinegar can help induce feelings of fullness that can help people eat less. And though there are those who make it a regular part of their diet in order to manage their weight, it is worth mentioning that there has not been a lot of research on the vinegar’s effectiveness as a weight loss tool.

It can help lower cholesterol and improve heart health

Several studies have shown that consuming vinegar can reduce the risk factors for heart disease, one of the most common causes of premature death. Although most of these studies were done on animals,  Healthline says there is a correlation between consuming apple cider vinegar and the reduction of blood triglycerides, cholesterol and high blood pressure.

If you’re curious about trying apple cider vinegar, a common dose is between 1 to 2 teaspoons per day. It’s best to cook with the vinegar, however it can also be consumed in a beverage.

While it has several non-health related benefits, as long as you don’t consume it in excessive amounts, it’s perfectly safe.