MYTH 11 It contains alcohol
Nope, you can’t get intoxicated from taking apple cider vinegar.
Though it does go through a fermentation process that converts its sugars to alcohol, the rest of that process transforms the alcohol into acetic acid. After this process is completed, “any amount of alcohol in apple cider vinegar is so small that it is negligible,” says Amy Leigh Mercree, author of Apple Cider Vinegar Handbook.
So, for better or worse, you cannot get drunk from consuming apple cider vinegar.
MYTH 12 Cooking it removes the health benefits
You might think that you need to take apple cider vinegar completely raw to maximise the health benefits, but “apple cider vinegar will retain some of its health benefits regardless of whether or not it is heated,” Mercree says.
However, she does advise against boiling it or exposing it to very high temperatures, which could kill the healthy bacteria in the apple cider vinegar’s symbiotic culture. “Some cooking is fine — just avoid extreme temperatures to maintain apple cider vinegar’s health benefits,” Mercree advises.