Apple Cider Vinegar as Health Remedy

Many websites and store shelves are proclaiming a wide variety of health benefits for apple cider vinegar, including lowering cholesterol, strengthening bones and teeth, and weight loss.

 

While unfiltered apple cider vinegar may contain a bit more potassium and maybe trace amounts of fiber compared to filtered (common supermarket variety) cider vinegar, none of the claims have any basis or make any sense. The claims for lowering cholesterol, for example, state this is because of the "high levels of pectin" in apple cider vinegar. In fact, there is little or none. Fresh apples, however, do have significant amounts of pectin, a soluble fiber. As for something as acidic as vinegar being good for your teeth, well, that completely ignores the fact that acidic foods and liquids destroy tooth enamel. Be sure to rinse that stuff off your teeth as quickly as possible. Claims of "high levels of potassium," also are false -- there is no vinegar that is even a "good source" of potassium, although the fruits they are made from are (ether fresh or dried), so any supposed "detox" effects or helping clear up candida, sore throats, etc. from the potassium are bogus. And the supposed weight-loss effect due to cider vinegar helping you "feel full longer" is nothing unique to vinegar (even if one could stomach much of it at one time), because any food or liquid that's high in water will do the same for few calories (and may actually provide additional nutrients, unlike vinegar, which doesn't contain much of anything except acid and water).

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