Sour elixir

On the health benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has been used as a folk remedy for centuries, but now it’s become a trendy supplement in wellness circles. People are drinking it for a range of (mostly unproven) benefits, but there is evidence that regularly consuming a little bit of this ultra-sour elixir can:

Aid weight loss. A small study in Japan suggests that apple cider vinegar helps break down fat, but the effect is subtle. Exercise and portion control are still your best bets.

Control blood sugar. Vinegar may partially block the digestion of starchy foods and prevent it from raising your blood sugar.

Help digestion. The starches you don’t digest feed the good bacteria in your gut.

Just don’t drink apple cider vinegar straight, because it’s acidic enough to damage tooth enamel or burn your esophagus over time. Rather, dilute 1 to 2 tablespoons in a glass of water and sip it.