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Is Apple Cider Vinegar Bad For You?

Also Known As: cider vinegar, ACV



Short answer

Apple Cider Vinegar is not bad for you when consumed in safe amounts. However, consuming excessive amounts of Apple Cider Vinegar can burn the esophagus and disrupt the digestive system.



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Long answer

Traditionally, vinegar is produced through a slow and long fermentation process, creating its high bioactive compounds, including gallic acid, acetic acid, epicatechin, catechin and caffeic acid.  This mixture is made by crushing apples and then squeezing the liquid out. Thereafter, yeast and bacteria are added to the liquid to begin the alcoholic fermentation process. As a result, the sugar is turned into alcohol. In the second fermentation process, the alcohol is converted into vinegar by acetobacter, also known as acetic acid-forming bacteria. Malic acid and acetic acid gives vinegar its sour taste.

The long duration of fermentation permits the accumulation of a non-toxic slime, made of yeast and acetic acid bacteria, also known as the mother of vinegar. This mother of vinegar is a cobweb-like amino acid-based substance, present in unfiltered and unprocessed vinegar. The presence of this murky substance in vinegar demonstrates that it is of the highest quality, especially for consumption. However, most manufacturers filter and pasteurize their vinegar to inhibit the mother of vinegar from forming.

Apple Cider Vinegar has a medium amber or pale color. It is often used for salad dressings, vinaigrettes, food preservatives, marinades, and chutneys. Not only is it a desirable food additive, it is excellent for the overall health of numerous body systems. Additionally, it is useful for cleaning, garden care, hygiene, and natural healing remedies.

Apple Cider Vinegar has gained popularity for those seeking weight loss. It prolongs the sensation of fullness and satiety after eating, thus reducing the overall amount of food consumed. Apple Cider Vinegar contains chromium, which has the ability to alter insulin levels. Consequently, it is recommended that patients suffering from diabetes consult their doctor prior to consuming Apple Cider Vinegar. It should always be consumed with caution, as it can cause esophageal burning when consumed in large amounts.

If you are looking for an inexpensive product for the healing of some of those ‘annoying seasonal ailments’, Apple Cider Vinegar can help to reduce and break up mucous in the body-- thereby clearing up the sinuses. Its antibacterial properties help your body fight off looming infections while soothing a sore throat. Gargling with a mixture of one-third cup of Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with warm water will sooth that sore throat in no time!

As with any product, you should consume Apple Cider Vinegar responsibly. When used safely, it is an excellent alternative to many health, cleaning, and cooking products.

Possible short-term side effects

  • burning (when used excessively or in large amounts)
  • digestive irritation
  • changes in insulin levels

Possible long-term side effects

  • esophageal burning (when used in dangerous amounts)

Ingredients to be aware of

  • chromium


  • healthy cooking
  • natural cleaning properties
  • natural healing remedies
  • preventative health care
  • weight loss

Our Wellness Pick (what is this?)

Bragg Organic ACV

  • Contains the mother
  • Raw & unfiltered
  • All-natural ingredients
  • Supports digestion
  • USDA Organic
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Written by DeeAnne Oldham
Published on: 07-17-2016
Last updated: 12-15-2023

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Written by DeeAnne Oldham
Published on: 07-17-2016
Last updated: 12-15-2023

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