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Risks of the Apple Cider Vinegar

Question: I heard an interview with you on Super human Radio. You stated that you did not like apple cider vinegar, but you did not elaborate. Could you briefly explain why you do not like ACV?

All vinegars including apple cider vinegar work like a double edge sword. On one hand vinegar triggers AMPK- an important stress response pathway that increases fatty acid oxidation and inhibits fat gain (also activated by fasting and exercise) and on the other hand it acidifies the body. Acidification of the body can be a serious issue with people who already suffer from acidity related symptoms. Also long-term excessive use (ACV) could conceivably cause low potassium levels and lower bone density. Apple cider vinegar is highly acidic and this high acidic content may cause erosion of the teeth enamel. Apple cider vinegar contains chromium, which can affect a person’s insulin levels. This is a serious risk to diabetics who have a difficult time regulating their insulin levels.

Put it this way, in an alkaline diet rich in vegetables and fruits vinegar can be beneficial, but if the diet is predominately acid such due to high intake of protein and grain, vinegar can turn harmful.

About Ori Hofmekler — founder of Defense Nutrition and author of The Warrior Diet, is a nutritional and fitness expert. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

One Comment

  1. Avatar for Ori Hofmekler
    December 12, 2014 at 7:10 am

    More systematic research is needed on ACV's ability to fight blod sugar and its potential harmful effect when used in large doses and over long periods. I think there is plenty of empirical evidence to suggest that ACV inhibits blood sugar spikes. This may be because it contains chromium and prvents absorption of some carbohydrates in the ailmentary tract.
    What is needed to be established in terms of harmful side effects of ACV is what constitutes a large dose and what is a prolonged period. SInce one of the reasons ( broadly) why it could potentially be harmful is its acidic property, that can be mitigated by eating more of alkaline food along with ACV, such as rice ( which is alkaline ). And best bet would be to take unpolished, brown rice because it will also additionally provide chromium which helps in ameliorating the insulin resistance condition. Adding good amount of stir fried or semi boiled vegetables will also be helpful when the food is taken along with ACV.

    Clearly, long term use of ACV may be counterproductive possibly because its acidic nature might worsen the proclivity of pancrea to malfunction. One of the causes of pancreatic malfunctioning is higher level of acidity in the gut/ intestine and possibly blood(?). So on balance it looks like a workable and useful strategy to take ACV along with food , but do something at the same time to balance out its acidic outcome in the system.