Superfoods Apple cider vinegar: health hero or overhyped fad? January 19 2022
Trudie McConnochie Trudie McConnochie Writer

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) needs very little introduction. There are claims it’ll help with weight loss, diabetes and potassium intake, not to mention the long list of general health benefits available to anyone who can keep it down. But does it live up to the hype? Let’s take a look at the facts.

What is apple cider vinegar anyway?

It’s made from crushed apples that have then been distilled and fermented into vinegar form. ACV was orginially used as an antibiotic and to treat scurvy!

Can a few daily drops really see you drop a dress size?

Studies linking ACV to weight loss have been very limited, and most of them in mice and rats. A Japanese study saw people who drank the vinegar twice a day lose 1kg after 3 months, whilst a British study found it worked as an appetite suppressant.

What about blood sugar levels?

Some studies have shown that it has the potential to prevent spikes in blood sugar in people with pre-diabetes and diabetes by slowing down the digestion of carbohydrates. But any vinegar would do the same.

Glass jug of apple cider vinegar

Bananas vs. ACV, who comes out on top?

Boosting potassium levels improves muscle and nerve health and can help lower your blood pressure.

Some say ACV provides potassium, but not much. In fact, 1 tablespoon contains only 11mg. Going by the recommended daily intake of 2800mg for women and 3800mg for men, you’re much better reaching for a banana which contains 330mg.

Where does that land us?

ACV isn’t what the world has made it out to be, and won’t significantly improve your health. It’s also not without risk. ACV is highly acidic and drinking too much may burn your oesophagus, while supping it regularly can also wear away at your tooth enamel, leading to cavities. If you do drink ACV, you should always dilute it first with water.

Your best bet for weight loss is a balanced healthy diet paired with regular exercise.

Click HERE to discover evidence-based weight loss strategies.

A woman pouring beetroot juice into a glass Superfoods Can veggie powders and juicing really replace vegetables? For the sake of convenience, reaching for veggie powders and juices might seem like a great idea, but they won’t deliver the same nutrients. Trudie McConnochie Trudie McConnochie Writer Cinnamon dusted on porridge Superfoods Can cinnamon help blood sugar levels? So many spices have hidden secret super powers – or so we’re lead to believe. Bupa dietitian Rosalyn D’Angelo looks at the potential power of cinnamon, and if there’s any truth to the rumour that it can lower blood sugar levels. Rosalyn D'Angelo Author Rosalyn D'Angelo Bupa Dietitian Coconut oil Superfoods Coconut oil vs. olive oil: which is better for you? In the battle of the oils, Bupa Dietitian Rosalyn D'Angelo looks at whether coconut oil is healthier than olive oil. Rosalyn D'Angelo Author Rosalyn D'Angelo Bupa Dietitian
Back To Top
Trudie McConnochie Trudie McConnochie Writer Trudie McConnochie is a Sydney-based journalist who specialises in health, wellbeing and spirituality.