The Truth About Apple Cider Vinegar

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A lot of claims have been made about apple cider vinegar, but let's get down to the facts. Can apple cider vinegar clean food and surfaces? Yes. It has antimicrobial properties and could get rid of germs and lower salmonella on food, but it isn't a disinfectant, so don't throw out your regular cleaning products.

Can it help you lose weight? Probably not. Your best bets are still diet and exercise, but one study showed that apple cider vinegar can lower your appetite a little bit, which could help your overall plan.

Can it help blood sugar? Yes. A study showed after eating a meal the people who had apple cider vinegar significantly lowered their blood sugar levels. That could help people with diabetes. Of course, blood sugar that's too low isn't good either, so keep that in mind.

Should I drink it or rinse my mouth with it? No. Drinking apple cider vinegar by itself can erode your tooth enamel. Try using it as a dressing on salad instead. If you're going to drink some as a part of your diet, dissolve it in liquid and only take 1 to 2 tablespoons a day.

Can it cure cancer or other illnesses? No. While apple cider vinegar has some healthy properties, it's not a miracle drug. Plus, taking too much could give you acid reflux or hurt your kidneys. Adding it to your diet could be helpful, but don't get your expectations too high.