MYTH 1 Apple cider vinegar is a magical substance
There are so many claims made for the benefits of apple cider vinegar that it must surely be a magical substance – an elixir lauded throughout the centuries to help with just about any ailment. Or is it just the next in a long line of food fads?
If you expect it to be a super-charged cure-all, science suggests you think again. A lot of its success is anecdotal, the scientific evidence is not strong on a number of its health claims. As a home remedy, its efficacy can be a bit hit and miss, maybe even completely counterproductive. And as a highly acidic liquid, there are also a number of risks when taken incorrectly. Read on for more.
MYTH 2 It helps ‘cure’ diabetes
Many leap ahead of the evidence to claim apple cider vinegar is an effective weapon for curing type 2 diabetes. This is probably because apple cider vinegar has been proven to lower blood glucose levels for a short time in people with pre-diabetes and generally healthy people after a high-GI, carb-rich meal.
This research needs confirming in a larger study group, however it is encouraging news for people with an insulin resistance or for preventing pre-diabetes in the future.
Meanwhile, there is absolutely no scientific evidence that indicates apple cider vinegar can or will replace insulin and other diabetes medications necessary to cure or manage diabetes.
If you’re interested in trying it out, make sure to consult a doctor before you do, as it could interfere with medications used to treat diabetes and make diabetes more difficult to manage.
As always, to manage type 2 diabetes well, be sure to eat a healthy and balanced diet.
MYTH 3 It can’t possibly harm you
While apple cider vinegar appears to have some amazing health benefits, that doesn’t mean there are no side effects.
Because it is strongly acidic, undiluted apple cider vinegar has been found to erode tooth enamel, leading to tooth decay, as well as to damage the throat and oesophagus. If taken frequently in high doses, it could potentially lead to low potassium levels.