Apparently it’s a thing… Apple Cider Vinegar has quite the following of people who swear by it and believe it will cure just about any problem you may have (reduce blood sugar after you consume food, and help your body absorb more nutrients from food to name a couple). If you’re not on board, maybe you should be, but I’ll let you determine that after you read what happened to  Stephanie Eckelkamp, senior associate editor at Prevention Magazine, who drank it with every meal she had..

Taking ACV after a meal works much better.

The whole pre-meal thing didn’t work for me. After all, what was the point of feeling semi-nauseous and not wanting to eat before a healthy meal that you’d planned on eating? A better option, I found, was drinking it when I’d already eaten a meal but was still feeling hungry for more. Because I already had a base of food in my stomach, I avoided that queasy feeling, but the ACV definitely helped reduce my desire to polish off leftover Christmas cookies. (Follow these suggestions on how to drink apple cider vinegar for weight loss.)

ACV can help get things moving.

This was unexpected (and I’ll spare you details), but there was a definite correlation between ACV consumption and, well, let’s call it decreased transit time. I could definitely see the appeal of using this as a gentle,natural laxative when things are backed up. Who knew?

You’ll burn your esophagus unless you learn to drink ACV the right way.

Don’t take this stuff straight–it burns like fire (worse than vodka, and with no pleasant buzz). Your best bet: Mix 1 tablespoon with 8 ounces of water, and then drink it with a straw to minimize contact with your tastebuds. I found this method tolerable, although the taste was still slightly reminiscent of feet after a sweaty summer workout session.

Bottom line: While this experiment was enlightening and it did help curb cravings, I’m not making the ACV-water blend part of my daily routine. Instead, I’ll be more likely to use it periodically to quell a Krispy Kreme craving or if I’m constipated. And I’m definitely all about using it in healthy homemade dressings to get more nutrients out of all my salad veggies.



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