Could a dose of apple cider a day keep the love handles at bay? Eh, probably not – but this ol’ gal is willing to try anything to avoid looking like a total lump on the beach this year. This fermented pantry staple is shrouded in mystery and health benefits – but have you tried drinking the stuff? We did, and we think all of the haters are a bunch of babies. It wasn’t bad! So let’s tip one back and learn about the health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar, shall we?
- It could help you lose weight. Experts believe vinegar may get the motor running of the genes that help breakdown fat. Sounds pretty good, right? Astudyin the International Journal of Obesity notes that taking a big swig might suppress appetite. Here’s the kicker…it’s because the pungent taste caused people to feel nauseous. So yea, not sold here.
- It may blast bad breath and cure your cold. The drink’s anti-bacterial properties may help break down plaque and kill the little stinkers (science for bacteria) that cause halitosis. The same properties might prevent or help cure a sore throat.
- It keeps blood sugar levels in check. What everyone seems to be able to agree on is apple cider vinegar can help with blood sugar regulation, and ultimately diabetes. How? The ACV (can that be a thing?) improves insulin sensitivity to carby meals—slowing the rise in blood sugar levels. FUN!
- It balances your pH levels and aids digestion. Release the healthy gut bacteria!!! A little gross – but really important! The growth of healthy gut bacteria aids in digestion, which is critical when you eat as many tacos and doughnuts as I do. Plus a bunch of smart people say it will restore alkalinity in the body, which can boost metabolism, strengthen immunity and slow the aging-process to give you clearer, wrinkle-free skin. YAS, sister! Sign me UP!
I loved this version I tried at Whole Foods. But then again anything that even closely resembles a margarita that I can drink at work (alcohol free of course) is okay in my book. Just be careful to buy quality and not drink too much – for the sake of your teeth enamel. It’s erosion city up in here!