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Nutrition

Quick Dose: What Are the Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been touted by many celebrities as their favorite way to lose weight and get clear skin. Claims suggest the acetic acid reduces your appetite, improves metabolism and burns fat. While research does suggest it could help stabilize and moderately lower blood sugar, making you less prone to crave snacks, the verdict in the medical field is still out on ACV.

If you’re tempted to try it anyway, be careful. Here are some cautions to be mindful of:

  • If drinking ACV, always mix it with water first to reduce the acidity.
  • ACV can damage your tooth enamel.
  • ACV can cause burns if applied directly to your skin.
  • ACV can have negative interactions with other drugs or supplements, such as medicines for diabetes and certain diuretics.

If choose to use ACV, Northwestern Memorial Hospital Clinical Dietitian Bethany Doerfler, MS, RD, LDN, suggests mixing a small amount with olive oil to apply to salads or vegetables.

If you’re looking to lose weight, instead opt for making small changes to help support your weight loss goals, like swapping sweets for nutrient-rich smoothies or grabbing water over soda. Struggling to hit the gym? Here are some tips to keep you on track.