• 10 things you need to know about Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar is a type of vinegar made by the fermentation of apple juice. During this process sugar in the apple cider is broken down by bacteria and yeast into alcohol (cider) and then again into vinegar.

Due to its acidic levels it's used as a natural preservative against spoilage.

You can rarely walk in to a health store these days without seeing it being promoted as the next great natural weight loss tonic, but is it as great as we're lead to believe?

Here are 10 (good and bad) things you need to know about apple cider vinegar.

The good

Weight loss

Apple cider vinegar is a natural thermogenic fat burner that raises the body's temperature levels. This results in an increase in calories that your body burns off, helping you lose weight.

Appetite suppressant

Apple cider vinegar contains pectin; a water soluble fiber that absorbs water and fills the stomach helping you feel fuller than normal. Great for people who find it hard to control their hunger while dieting.

Reduces bloating due to water retention

The modern-day diet contains a little too much sodium. Apple cider vinegar contains potassium, which helps balance sodium in your body. This helps reduce the amount of water your body retains, helping you appear visibly leaner.

Improves digestion

Farts. They're funny, aren't they? But it's an ever important bodily function. Apple cider vinegar improves digestive enzymes, resulting in relieving gasses (otherwise known as protein farts). It also acts as a natural detoxifier helping clear the body of toxins.

It's versatile

There's no one way to take it. Apple cider vinegar can be used in salad dressings, marinades, vinaigrettes, chutney and other creative ways somebody more skilled in the kitchen than I am would know.

The bad

Taste

Pardon my french, but it tastes like ass. If you can't stomach the taste, dilute it with water.

Try and avoid letting it touch your teeth

Due to its high level of acidity apple cider vinegar can temporarily weaken your enamel so you want to drink it with a straw whenever possible. It's also advised not to brush your teeth straight after contact with your teeth (when your enamel is temporarily weakened).

Long-term use can lower bone density

If you have osteoporosis consult a doctor before using apple cider vinegar.

It can affect insulin levels

Apple cider vinegar contains chromium, which can alter your insulin levels if you have diabetes.

It's an unproven treatment

Many of its folk medicine uses are unproven and there are no official recommendations on how to use it.

The final verdict

In general the risks associated with taking small, occasional doses of apple cider vinegar seem pretty low, but using it as a permanent long term supplement to your diet could have risks. If you plan on using it consult your doctor to make sure it won't affect any pre-existing health conditions you may have.

Boring disclaimer warning

This article was written by a Muscle Mayhem staff member. The information on this site is provided in good faith. Consult with your doctor before starting any exercise program. All opinions expressed on this site are our own. Always seek professional advice before engaging in any physical activity or diet.