OK in a salad dressing, but what else is it good for?
Apple cider vinegar is a very popular ingredient in the natural health culture. It is used in food items such as pickles, marinades and salad dressings, but also as a remedy for the following:
- Weight loss
- Acid Reflux
- Athlete’s foot
- Bad breath
- High cholesterol
- Poison oak
- Urinary tract infections
- Head lice
However, despite all these claims, there is very little research to back these up. Information on the internet is often unfounded and exaggerated. Out of this list of benefits, the most studies have been done on the influence of apple cider vinegar used for controlling type 2 diabetes.
There are some small studies that have been done regarding using ACV use to help lower blood sugars, however, the American Diabetes Association does not believe that there is sufficient evidence to recommend its’ use. If you do decide to take apple cider vinegar to lower your blood sugars, keep a close watch on your numbers. Don’t stop taking any prescribed medications for your diabetes.
Since it is very acidic, you should never take it without diluting it, or it may cause harm to your tooth enamel or esophagus. The recommended dose is 1-2 tablespoons in a tall glass of water.
– Beth Quigley, Resident Dietician and Diabetes Educator at DHAC
Here’s a great blog with even more information on Apple Cider Vinegar: https://www.cookingdetective.com/23-health-wellness-benefits-apple-cider-vinegar/