Apple Cider Vinegar: Should you give it a shot?
Unless you love it in dressings, tangy marinades or are a psychopath who actually enjoys drinking it in water, boy, do I have good news for you!
There is no reason you actually HAVE to consume apple cider vinegar, because many claims are unfounded. Yay!
⚖Weight loss: There have been very little studies regarding weight loss and many use normal vinegar. While there isn't enough evidence to support any claims, some have shown weight loss and reduced intake, in conjunction with a calorie deficit. This is likely due to the feeling of fullness and nausea vinegar causes impacting appetite. We can't say it affects metabolism.
Any vinegar may slow down how fast food leaves our stomach. This isn't necessarily a good thing- often causing gut issues like bloating, nausea and vomiting. Not ideal.
🍭Blood Sugar: There is some evidence showing any vinegar may help with blood sugar management. Would I recommend it? Not necessarily, given the potential side effects and proven benefits of other diet and lifestyle factors.
🤦🏼♀️Cancer: Unfortunately, ACV has been claimed to cure cancer. Sure, the acid in ACV kills cancer cells in a petri dish, but we are not petri dishes. Or you're a very advanced petri dish to be reading this, congrats.
🤰Digestion: ACV might contain probiotics. Cool. Except we don't know if this will have any benefit on our gut health and is a low amount in comparison to other sources. There's no evidence it helps with heartburn, increasing stomach acid or improving digestion. It's actually a common trigger for heartburn and may upset your gut, as mentioned above.
🐠Immunity: While there are studies that show ACV might work as a surface cleaner in killing bacteria, or that it may improve the immunity of fish, neither of these can be applied to humans.
🔥Inflammation: There's no evidence it improves inflammation.
🤷🏼♀️There is evidence that ACV increases risk of eroding tooth enamel or burning your throat, however. Please dilute it if you have it.
So, majority of the claims are unsupported by evidence and could generally be applied to any vinegar. If you enjoy it or find it helpful, go for it, but it isn't necessary.