Apple Cider Vinegar started trending in 2016, gaining popularity as a weight loss solution, but has proven to have many more health benefits. Studies show that introducing apple cider vinegar into our daily routines may help in lowering blood sugar and potentially preventing diabetes.

What is it?

It’s a product of fermented crushed apples, with yeast added to the juice, which eventually turns into alcohol. Bacteria then turns this into acetic acid – giving vinegar its pungent smell and acrid taste.

Proven benefits?

  • Can help kill bad bacteria in the gut and intestinal tract, including E.Coli. It’s a disinfectant and preservative.
  • Lowers blood sugar levels and helps prevent or fight diabetes by improving insulin sensitivity.
  • May be used to treat the risk factors leading to various heart related illnesses, reducing cholesterol and triglycerides.
  • Weight loss and belly fat loss. Studies show an increase in satiety or fullness when consuming apple cider vinegar.
  • Shows potential in protection against cancer. 

How to use it and how much?

1 to 2 teaspoons or tablespoons a day is generally what people work towards. Typically, people mix it with a liquid like water or juice, or in tablet form.

While the saying “everything in moderation” may be debated, in the case of apple cider it’s advised that moderation is most effective. If used conservatively it typically won’t harm you, but overconsumption may damage your teeth, hurt your throat or possibly upset your stomach due to its acidic makeup. One should also bear in mind that if used together with other medication, it may alter its effectiveness – consult a doctor beforehand if you’re taking medication.