With all the mojo of Apple Cider Vinegar, (ACV) it’s high time we get the facts separated from the myths. The claims or benefits that are attributed to ACV such as weight loss, elimination of toxins, or keeping the bad cholesterol low are not evidently backed by science. We just have to wait and watch if there is any substance to the claims that people so blindly believe in.
Until we reach that point, let me quickly rebut some of the very popular beliefs that are associated with apple cider vinegar. First and foremost we must bear in mind that it is no magic potion that accidentally flew from the fairy tale land. And moreover, its benefits have been highly overrated. I know all ACV lovers will despise reading it, so let’s take this one step at a time to contemplate about the existing theory.
Myths around the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
- Will not aid in weight loss– The most favored notion about apple cider vinegar is that it will magically burn or shed weight. The acetic acid element present in it does nudge the metabolism rate and aids digestion which might very marginally and indirectly contribute to weight loss. Unless you couple this is other techniques such as eating right and regular exercise, the end results are very indistinct and unnoticeable.
- Eliminate toxins– Contrary to the above belief that apple cider vinegar aids in weight loss which at least has some basis to it, the notion that it will flush impurities or eliminate toxins is a complete bluff. As we all know kidney and liver are the organs that have a mammoth job of cleansing our body to rid of toxins. So the least we can do to contribute to this task is by keeping away from alcohol, smoking, drugs, inhaling toxic fumes, which probably is a joke due to the air conditions present all around us. Nevertheless, the point I am trying to make is apple cider vinegar does not do the job of cleansing, it’s your organs that do it.
- The Dose of nutrients– Consuming apple cider vinegar does not add any nutrients. It’s just fermented apple juice, something similar to how wine is made. It does not contain any additional nutrients in it. Apart from using as a dressing in salads, or used as a taste enhancer to the dish, it does not flood your body with vitamins, minerals or antioxidants.
Now enough of the bad news… Let’s keep that aside and look at some of the benefits that are actually true to apple cider vinegar.
Health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
- Good bacteria– It’s through fermentation of apples that apple cider vinegar is formed. It essentially contains pectin in them which is good for digestion. This pectin element encourages the body for the growth of good bacteria thereby leading to a healthy digestion.
- Regulate blood sugar levels– It might not help you lose weight, but it does help with diabetes and blood sugar levels. The acetic acid present in apple cider vinegar blocks some of the digestion of starch. If not completely block the digestion of starch it at least prevents some of it, which in turn means that less sugar is been absorbed into our bloodstream.
- Relieve from heartburns– Heartburns can also happen when there is too little acid present in the stomach, rather than too much. By consuming diluted apple cider vinegar during the meals can help reduce acid leakage into the esophagus. In case you are taking medicines for your heartburn due to a regular outburst of heartburn, it is advisable to consult your doctor first.
To culminate, I would like to point that apple cider vinegar should always be taken in its diluted form. If not it will burn your esophagus like fire and also erode tooth enamel. Your best mix would be 1 tablespoon with 240 ml of water.