The verdict on apple cider vinegar
Of all the advertised beneficial effects of apple cider vinegar, the only ones with any potential value are:
- Apple cider vinegar may lead to weight loss by promoting satiety (largely due to the induction of nausea and delayed gastric emptying), however more research is needed before any kind of accelerated weight loss claims can be supported.
- Apple cider vinegar may help to reduce glycaemic response
- Apple cider vinegar may aid in blood sugar control in those with diabetes
- Appel cider vinegar may improve unhealthy cholesterol levels (although further human studies are required)
Granted, drinking large amounts of the vinegar, or ingesting apple cider vinegar in its concentrated form, can have a potentially harmful impact. However, most of the side effects can be treated or reversed (excluding the reported cases of tooth enamel erosion and osteoporosis) through lowering the intake of vinegar quantities or halting use.
That being said, if you are diabetic or are wanting to use apple cider vinegar to treat a medical condition, then it is advised that you first speak to your doctor.