Apple Cider Vinegar Does Not Do What It Says Its Going to Do

Updated on January 6, 2019
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Cheryl Whitsett is a health conscious dictionary. If I don't know something I will reasearch it until I find an answer

The Health Benefits Minus the Benefits


Apple Cider Vinegar and Weight Loss

The internet these days is buzzing about apple cider vinegar but it just isn't all its cracked up to be. It's not some magic pixie dust that you can inhale and it cures all your problems.

Although apple cider vinegar has some purposeful uses there is no scientific proof that it can help with weight loss. In clinical trials that occurred where the patients received apple cider vinegar, thy were also eating 250 calories less then they usually did and were required to exercise. Two hundred and fifty calories less in a day and exercise leads to weight loss. There is nothing to prove otherwise. If you are drinking it like there is no tomorrow and you are not losing weight, then stop it. The only way to achieve weight loss is to put the fork down and move. There are no two ways about it. After all, if we believed everything the internet told us was good for weight loss, we would be poor from buying it all.

Apple Cider Vinegar Does Not Control High Blood Pressure


Apple Cider Vinegar Does Not Control or Cure High Blood Pressure

This is just a myth. In a small study of rats, who are 3,000 times smaller then humans were given apple cider vinegar in a trial study. Their systolic blood pressure measured a small difference.

Having high blood pressure is a serious problem. It is not something that should be taken lightly. If you have high blood pressure, there’s simply not enough data to support using apple cider vinegar as a blood pressure medication. Eat a healthy diet, exercise, and take your meds if you need them.

15 Myths About Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar Will Not Cure Cancer

This is another myth. Although apple cider vinegar has anti cancer properties it will not cure cancer. Most of these studies involved culturing cancer cells and exposing them to vinegar or acetic acid. The limitation of these studies is obvious; we can’t directly pour apple cider vinegar on cancers inside of people. Further, you definitely can’t give someone an apple cider IV infusion without causing serious harm or death.

Drinking apple cider vinegar is not going to cure esophageal cancer. Its only going to take the enamel off your teeth and also cause gastric upset.

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The Detox

It Doesn't Detox You

First of all apple cider vinegar taste horrible. Even mixed with honey or other things it is just plain disgusting. If you are drinking it straight down thinking it will detox your body that is farther from the truth.

When you drink apple cider vinegar there are several things that happen. It will irritate your stomach causing your reflux to be worse then it already is. You are drinking basically acid. Vinegar of any type is acidic.

Research shows that it can exacerbate Gastroparesis, a condition common in diabetics in which your stomach can’t empty itself normally… not a good thing.

It Lowers Cholesterol


Apple Cider Vinegar Will Lower Cholesterol

Again as all the other studies on apple cider vinegar this was also tested on mice. Come on now mice are the size of our thumb. You would have to make them drink a tub full of vinegar to prove anything and it just can't happen.

These studies were performed in rats and mice (respectively), who are much different from us physiologically, Mickey and Minnie excluded. Although it shows promise for similar effects in people, more studies on humans are needed to declare definitively how much of an impact apple cider vinegar has on our cholesterol levels.

It Is Not A Cure All


It Is Not Going To Cure Your Aches and Pains

There have been many myths from the internet raving about the benefits of apple cider vinegar however there is just no scientific proof to back any of these things up. It's not going to cure your arthritis, gastritis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, help you lose weight. It just isn't.

My husband bought me some of that nonsense and I told him he can drink it. I would rather drink water in Flint Michigan then drink that stuff. It is horrible. If you think its working well then drink it. Just don't be mad at the dentist when he tells you all your teeth need crowns. Don't be upset if you don't see results. Its not going to cure your ailments.

When there has been a ten year study on humans with apple cider vinegar and it cures all these things, then email me and let me know. I am sure I will never get an email from anyone.

The Low Down On Apple Cider Vinegar

The Side Affects of Apple Cider Vinegar

Although there are some benefits to apple cider vinegar hold on to your hats because there are some pretty undazzling side affects.

  • The acid in apple cider vinegar may erode your teeth enamel. You may want to guzzle some water after drinking it.
  • Anecdotally, acidic foods or liquids like vinegar may exacerbate acid reflux.
  • If you have chronic kidney disease, your kidneys may not be able to process the excess acid that comes along with drinking apple cider vinegar.

So there you have it. Many people are going crazy on the internet with apple cider vinegar especially if they think it causes weight loss. I really hate to see people go after a persons word about a product instead of scientific proof that a product does what it says it does. If you want to drink it and can drink it without making a face then more power to you. If it makes you happy then drink it but don't drink it because you feel like its going to save you from your self.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

Questions & Answers

  • I have been drinking apple cider vinegar, but I mixed it with ginger. In two weeks, I lost three pounds. Why does this work?

    It probably works because you have modified your diet. But for it to work while you are doing nothing else, is highly unlikely.


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    • Author Cheryl profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl A Whitsett 

      20 months ago from Jacksonville, Fl

      Happy New Year to you.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 

      20 months ago from Texas

      Cheryl, thank you for setting the record straight on the none benefits of this myth about Apple Cider Vinegar.

      Happy New Year and Blessings my friend.


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