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What are the downsides of drinking apple cider vinegar?

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Because it's acidic, drinking a lot of apple cider vinegar can damage your teeth, hurt your throat, and upset your stomach. Also:

  • It may cause your potassium levels to drop too low. Your muscles and nerves need that nutrient to work the way they should.
  • Another study of people with type 1 diabetes found that apple cider vinegar slows the rate food and liquids leave the stomach to be digested. That makes it harder to control your blood sugar level.
  • It might also affect medications that treat diabetes and heart disease, as well as diuretics (medicines that help your body get rid of water and salt) and laxatives.

SOURCES:

University of Washington, The Whole U: “Beyond the Hype: Apple Cider Vinegar as an Alternative Therapy.”

Medscape General Medicine: “Vinegar: Medicinal Uses and Antiglycemic Effect.”

AOL Lifestyle: “15 ways apple cider vinegar can benefit your health and home.”

The Ohio State University Extension: “Making Cider Vinegar at Home.”

Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry: “Vinegar intake reduces body weight, body fat mass, and serum triglyceride levels in obese Japanese subjects.”

Journal of Diabetes Research: "Vinegar Consumption Increases Insulin-Stimulated Glucose Uptake by the Forearm Muscle in Humans with Type 2 Diabetes.”

Annals of Cardiology and Angiology: “Anti-obesogenic effect of apple cider vinegar in rats subjected to a high fat diet.”

Mayo Clinic: “Drinking apple cider vinegar for weight loss seems far-fetched. Does it work?”

Dutch Journal of Dentistry: “Unhealthy weight loss. Erosion by apple cider vinegar.”

BMC Gastroenterology: “Effect of apple cider vinegar on delayed gastric emptying in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus: a pilot study.”

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on May 7, 2019

SOURCES:

University of Washington, The Whole U: “Beyond the Hype: Apple Cider Vinegar as an Alternative Therapy.”

Medscape General Medicine: “Vinegar: Medicinal Uses and Antiglycemic Effect.”

AOL Lifestyle: “15 ways apple cider vinegar can benefit your health and home.”

The Ohio State University Extension: “Making Cider Vinegar at Home.”

Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry: “Vinegar intake reduces body weight, body fat mass, and serum triglyceride levels in obese Japanese subjects.”

Journal of Diabetes Research: "Vinegar Consumption Increases Insulin-Stimulated Glucose Uptake by the Forearm Muscle in Humans with Type 2 Diabetes.”

Annals of Cardiology and Angiology: “Anti-obesogenic effect of apple cider vinegar in rats subjected to a high fat diet.”

Mayo Clinic: “Drinking apple cider vinegar for weight loss seems far-fetched. Does it work?”

Dutch Journal of Dentistry: “Unhealthy weight loss. Erosion by apple cider vinegar.”

BMC Gastroenterology: “Effect of apple cider vinegar on delayed gastric emptying in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus: a pilot study.”

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on May 7, 2019

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