You’ve likely heard of apple cider vinegar even if you’re not an organic food shopper. This pungent vinegar, made from fermented apples, is a common ingredient in salad dressings and stir-fry sauces. However, apple cider vinegar has also garnered a reputation as a weight loss aid, a digestive remedy, and a so-called preventive measure against diseases, like diabetes and cancer.
But as you know, every “super” food comes with its share of pros and cons…
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1. Con: Apple Cider Vinegar & Tooth Enamel
You may have heard that drinking a few teaspoons of undiluted apple cider vinegar can help you lose weight. However, according to a 2006 study featured in the journal, Medscape General Medicine, drinking apple cider vinegar as a health aid can cause damage to the lining of your esophagus as well as your tooth enamel.
Apple cider vinegar is very acidic so the study recommends never drinking the liquid straight up. Instead, you can still get the benefits if you dilute a few tablespoons in a glass of water.