Friday, May 27, 2016

Don't Drink the Kool-Aid on Apple Cider Vinegar

These days (and every day since the dawn of time) people are looking for the 'next' miracle-cure. They want fast, cheap, natural and effective. But even if they can't get 'effective,' they'll settle for half a million views of their video review of the product on youtube

Raw, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar (the cloudy kind, containing something called 'The Mother') like that made by a company called Bragg is one of the more recent contenders for 'snake oil of the year,' The claimed benefits and uses are many: 

-weight loss / reduced hunger
-lower blood sugar in diabetes patients
-lower cholesterol
-cure heartburn
-improve skin
-teeth whitener 
-pain reliever
-boost immune system

Bragg's and other proponents of Apple Cider Vinegar recommend consuming a couple spoonfuls of the stuff up to three times a day, either straight or diluted as part of a drink. But does this shit work? Does it do anything at all?

For the cause of non-scientific anecdotal research, I've subjected myself to two spoonfuls of vinegar two or three times per day in recent months. I also use it frequently when cooking, and in this time have used two full bottles at nearly 7 dollars each from the local grocery store.

Verdict: Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar tastes great, as far as apple cider vinegar goes. Its diluted to 5% acidity, just like your standard clarified/non-organic vinegar, but the apple residue left behind during bottling gives it a slightly sweet note not present in filtered vinegar. 

As for health benefits, hype believers are lucky because nobody can really prove or disprove most of the claims. But as far as aiding in weight loss by reducing hunger, whitening teeth, relieving my post-run muscle pain, and improving my skin - I've seen no evidence that it does any of these things.

The bottom line is that it doesn't seem likely that Apple Cider Vinegar is a 'miracle cure,' unless perhaps you are susceptible to the placebo effect. But if you're like me and think it tastes great, you'll use some tonight when you make dinner. 


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