When it comes to edible remedies, apple cider vinegar (ACV) has a cult-like following. Message boards and questionable "expert" articles abound with claims that this kitchen staple made from fermented apple juice is packed with fiber and nutrients and can help cure just about anything, from sugar cravings to acid reflux to diabetes to cancer to constipation.
Sounds great, right? The bad news: Many of these apple cider vinegar claims are totally unfounded. Turns out, good old ACV contains little to no fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and it's not been proven as a cure-all for most conditions. (Discover how to heal 95+ health conditions naturally with Eat for Extraordinary Health & Healing.)
But there are several claims for apple cider vinegar that studies do back up. First, it can help you absorb more nutrients from food, but that's true whether you slug apple cider vinegar straight or add it to raw concoctions like salad dressings. Second, it can reduce blood sugar spikes after you eat, which, in turn, can help limit cravings and the likelihood you'll develop type 2 diabetes. In fact, one study found that consuming apple cider vinegar before meals reduced the blood glucose levels of patients with prediabetes by nearly half
3. ACV can help get things moving. This was unexpected (and I'll spare you details), but there was a definite correlation between apple cider vinegar consumption and, well, let's call it decreased transit time. I could definitely see the appeal of using this as a gentle, natural laxative when things are backed up. Who knew?
Bottom line: While this experiment was enlightening and it did help curb cravings, I'm not making the apple cider vinegar-water blend part of my daily routine. Instead, I'll be more likely to use it periodically to quell a Krispy Kreme craving or if I'm constipated. And I'm definitely all about using it in healthy homemade dressings to get more nutrients out of all my salad veggies.