Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits & Side Effects

Published On 29 Jun 2019
Written by
Vatsal Shah
Written by
Vatsal Shah

Apple Cider Vinegar - Does it really work?


Burning Fat, controlling Diabetes, and maintaining a Healthy Gut is like ‘Kahani har ghar ki’. To achieve these goals we suffer each day from resisting temptations to a high level of self-control followed by lots of effort.

What if these goals can not only be possible but can become easy to achieve with the help of a product. Yes, a product! Which gives maximum benefits; it is the “Apple Cider Vinegar” (ACV).

Now the moment we come to know about a product claiming health benefits a series of questions comes to our mind. For example:

● What is Apple Cider Vinegar?

● Any side effects?

● Benefits?

● How to Consume?

What It Is


Burning fat, controlling diabetes, and maintaining a healthy gut is like ‘Kahani Har Ghar Ki’. To achieve these goals we suffer each day from resisting temptations to a high level of self-control followed by lots of effort. It almost makes us believe that to be healthy, you have to let go off the best things in life, and it is one of the reasons why people often give up mid-way. Is maintaining healthy a task for you too? Do you feel like it’s just too much effort? Are you looking for an easier alternative? If the answer to these is yes, we have something very pleasing for you.   

All your health goals can now be achieved with the help of one single product. Yes, a product! Which gives maximum benefits. This is something that you already have stocked up in your kitchen, but use it as a salad dresser and not as a health wizard that it is. Cutting to the chase, the product is nothing but Apple Cider Vinegar or ACV.

Now the moment we come to know about a product claiming health benefits a series of questions comes to our mind. For example:

  • What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
  • What is apple cider vinegar good for?
  • Benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar
  • Any side effects?
  • How to Consume?


Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar (sour wine) made up of Apples. Apples are crushed to produce liquid. Bacteria and yeast are added to the liquid and the liquid is fermented to alcohol and then again fermented into vinegar by acetic acid. It is widely used as a kitchen ingredient and can be purchased in two forms – filtered or unfiltered. 

The unfiltered and unrefined vinegar contains the “mother”. It makes ACV look cloudy and murky. The “mother” is basically a combination of yeast and bacteria formed during the fermentation process. ACV with “mother” has many health benefits and contains a rich amount of protein. 


It has no side effects until we are aware that “anything in excess is a poison”.

Further, it is always recommended to look for a raw, organic, unfiltered, unpasteurized, gluten-free version of ACV.


ACV is like a hub of health benefits. Let’s take a detailed look at how does it assists in our different goals like maintaining a healthy gut, fat loss, and controlling Diabetes. Here are some of the most popular acv benefits.

Fat Loss benefits:

The most difficult part of any weight loss journey is controlling yourself on food. People tend to eat a lot when they starve, they crave and feel hungry. So the process of good and controlled eating runs only for a week or two. People are not able to stick to this process and then somewhere down the line, they quit. Here comes into picture a weight loss product.

What is a good weight loss product?

  • That keeps you fuller for longer periods of time, or
  • Which suppresses your appetite

ACV is equipped with both the above properties. It empties the stomach and makes you feel satiated for a longer time which in turn reduces your appetite, thanks to its high acetic acid component.

A study in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry found that mice, which were given acetic acid, had higher energy expenditure and burned more fat than those given just water. So go ahead and add ACV to your diet to say goodbye to those hunger pangs, cravings, and automatically end up consuming fewer calories and burn more fat.

Diabetic benefits:

ACV can be very beneficial for diabetics. It has anti-glycemic properties that manage the digestion of starches. Starches allow blood sugar levels to increase. Let’s understand this with the help of an example; suppose you consume white bread, it will spike your blood sugar level to say 100%. Now, if you combine this with ACV then the insulin will only spike around 65%. ACV is considered natural and safe, so if you have diabetes, it may be worth trying.

Healthy Gut:

Kids or adults, male or female, obese or fit, all require a healthy gut. Digestion system is of utmost importance for everybody. ACV has potent anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and antibiotic properties. It contains pectin, which can help soothe intestinal spasms. People drink lemon water in the morning since it contains citric acid. Acetic acid is the main active component of ACV which can be immensely beneficial for our immune system and detoxification (cleaning process). So get a good gut feeling every time you consume ACV.

How to Consume


The best part of using ACV is you can use it with your regular food, diet. There is no need to make extra room for it.

General (For any purpose):

  • The easiest and common way of consuming ACV is diluting a tablespoon with 8 Oz water. Since ACV has a very strong sour taste you can add the following products like organic honey, maple syrup, stevia to enhance the taste.
  • Marinate your meat with 1-2tbsp of ACV. Its acidic properties will tenderize the meat and will add a great flavor to it.
  • Use 2tbsp (30ml) of ACV in your salad as a dressing.
  • Pick any low sugar fruit juice and drink it with 1-2tbsp of ACV before meals.

For Detoxification and Fat Loss:

With a preparation time of 2mins, it is the perfect go-to drink for complete cleansing of our system and burning fat.


  • 1 glass of warm water,
  • 1-2tbsp of ACV
  • 1-2tbsp lemon juice
  • 1tbsp of ginger paste
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Mint leaves
  • 1tbsp organic honey or stevia (optional)


Mix all the ingredients into the glass of warm water and enjoy your drink. Add honey only if you cannot adjust to the taste.

For Diabetes:

When it comes to people with diabetes, timing is more important. Combining the consumption of ACV with your healthy meals will be highly effective. For example instead of olive oil use ACV in your food/salads for dressing purposes.

Combine ACV with superfoods to control diabetes for maximum benefits.

Warning: No more than 6tbsp of ACV should be consumed in a day. Each serving should not go beyond 2tbsp

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