THE TRUTH ME­TER

Ap­ple-cider Vine­gar Edi­tion

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ACV BOOSTS ME­TAB­O­LISM

Sip­ping ap­ple-cider vine­gar (aka ACV) may im­prove mea­sures of meta­bolic health—help­ing reg­u­late blood su­gar and re­duce LDL les­terol and, in some cases, aid­ing weight loss. There’s more an­i­mal than hu­man re­search, but re­sults are en­cour­ag­ing.

ACV KILLS GERMS

In lab tests, it kills pathogens in­clud­ing But in your body? Too soon to say. While acids kill germs, stom­ach acid is more po­tent than ACV. More than just acid­ity may be at play, how­ever: pre­lim­i­nary re­search sug­gests that ACV’S polyphe­nols could im­prove im­mu­nity.

Anec­do­tal ev­i­dence? Ga­lore! Sci­ence? We found squat. Cleve­land Clinic gas­troen­terol­o­gist Scott Gab­bard, M.D., says it may be a placebo ef­fect: “In diges­tion stud­ies, place­bos help pa­tients 30-40% of the time.” The murky “mother” at the bot­tom of un­pas­teur­ized ACV con­tains bac­te­ria (Ace­to­bac­ter), but there’s scant re­search say­ing that this type of bac­te­ria im­proves health or even sur­vives in the gut.

ACV ALKALIZES YOUR BODY

We found no ev­i­dence that eat­ing cer­tain food (ACV or other-wise) of your blood, or that you’d want it to. —J.W.

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