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Apple Cider Vinegar on an Empty Stomach: An Unfounded Myth

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Drinking something as acidic as apple cider vinegar has no evidence of being good for your health, but social media is full of videos with high-profile influencers recommending it on an empty stomach. 

Let’s dismantle another nutritional myth. 

Apple Cider Vinegar on an Empty Stomach: An Unfounded Myth.

Apple cider vinegar is the fermented juice of crushed apples and contains acetic acid and nutrients such as B vitamins and vitamin C. So far so good.

This vinegar is generally used in salad dressings and cooking. However, in recent times, its consumption has spread first thing in the morning, as a “magical, almost miraculous remedy” , to combat obesity, diabetes, athletic performance, kidney stones and many other purposes.

Reality surpasses fantasy.

  • It is said that it helps detoxify the body, but the truth is that there are no foods or drinks that detoxify. The body has its own detoxification mechanisms, through the liver and kidneys.
  • The same thing happens with pH regulation, the body has its own mechanisms to maintain blood pH at constant levels, it does not change depending on what we eat.
  • It can cause  heartburn and even damage tooth enamel and gastric mucosa , little by little.
  • It is attributed benefits against inflammation, but this will be more influenced by our lifestyle habits: exercise, rest, real food.

In the end it is a matter of common sense and doing things well, meaning well, everything that is aligned with our organism and evolution. 

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