Benefits of Drinking Vinegar

I know it may sound strange, but drinking raw, unpasteurized, organic vinegar has amazing benefits!  Apple cider vinegar is a fermented substance that adds beneficial bacteria to your gut which is imperative to your overall health.

I’ve been on the apple cider vinegar train for some time now.  I start my mornings off with 1 Tbsp of ACV, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and warm water.  I also recently discovered Coconut Vinegar which is really nice alternative to apple cider vinegar with all of the same benefits.

benefits of drinking vinegar

Even though apple cider vinegar has been consumed for centuries, you might be asking yourself what benefits does drinking vinegar have? Are there any side effects? Is it really healthy or just another fad?

Let’s start with the benefits.

Regulate Blood Sugar

Ingesting ACV during meal time increases satiety and can reduce blood glucose response when consumed prior to a carbohydrate-heavy meal (1, 2) which is beneficial to those who are pre-diabetic or have diabetes. 

Weight Loss

A 2009 study (3) in Japan tested the effects of drinking vinegar for weight loss on 155 obese individuals.  They were assigned either 15ml vinegar, 30ml vinegar or a placebo daily for 12 weeks.  The 15ml group lost 2.6lbs, the 30ml group lost 4.2lbs and the placebo group body weight remained unchanged.

Kills Harmful Bacteria

Vinegar can kill harmful bacteria and inhibits bacteria (like E. Coli) growth on food (4, 5).

It can also be used as a disinfectant and a household cleaner.  Dilute it with water (10:1 ratio) to remove hard water stains, clean your dishwasher, washing machine, freshen white laundry and use it as a general cleaner instead of harsh chemicals.

Improves Heart Health

While there are not many human studies to back this up, vinegar can lower blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity which can lead to a reduced risk of heart disease.

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Are there any harmful side effects to drinking vinegar?

Vinegar is highly acidic. Never drink it straight, always dilute it. Drinking it straight can burn delicate tissues in the mouth, cause teeth erosion and damage your esophagus.

It may interact negatively with certain medications. Be sure to consult your doctor before consuming apple cider vinegar.

Now that we know the benefits and what to watch out for, how should you consume it?

What Type Should I Buy?

Look for raw, unpasteurized, organic vinegar with “the mother”, that’s the weird stuff floating around which is actually a colony of beneficial bacteria.

I like Omega Nutrition, Bragg is also a popular one.  And as I mentioned above, I recently discovered Coconut Vinegar, a source of prebiotic for digestive health and controlling blood pressure.

How to Use

First, DO NOT drink vinegar straight up, it is highly acidic and can damage the enamel on your teeth and your stomach lining.

My favourite combination is 1 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar mixed with 8 ounces of warm water and a squeeze of lemon juice.  Also, it’s best to drink it through a straw, again to protect the enamel on your teeth.

If you’re not a fan of drinking it, try adding it to homemade salad dressing. Mix 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar, add your favourite spices and shake! Or try out this Broccoli Slaw Salad

Vinegar can also be used to sooth the itch of bug bites and on sunburns. Use a 10:1 ratio of water to vinegar diluted on the skin, never put it directly on the skin as it will burn.

So tell me, do you drink vinegar? Have you noticed any health benefits?

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