Apple Cider Vinegar Health Claims: Experts Clear the Hype

vinegarSandee LaMotte of CNN consulted experts about apple cider vinegar, a popular natural health product. Internet articles purport it offers a myriad of benefits, from serving as a powerful sanitizer to offering cardiovascular benefits.  But how much of its popular claims are based on hype?

According to the experts, here are some of the 10 top ways people use apple cider vinegar and what the science says:

Weight Loss – According to Dietician Carol Johnson — who has been active for 25-years in her profession — and Harvard-trained nutritionist and nutrition writer Lisa Drayer, the weight loss from apple cider vinegar was modest. Only 2 to 4 pounds were lost in three months vs. when taking a placebo.

Teeth Cleaning – Chicago dentist and American Dental Association spokeswoman Alice Boghosian warns that “a pH of 7 is neutral, anything less is acid … With many of today’s popular apple cider vinegars in the 2 to 3 range — about the same as stomach acid — this will wear out the tooth enamel, the protective coating, and that will cause cavities.”

Heart Disease – Freeman, who serves on the American College of Cardiology’s prevention board, says there could be some benefit due to its antioxidant properties, like other heart-healthy fruits and vegetables, such as broccoli and blueberries.

“The data is not particularly strong or overwhelming, but vascular health may be enhanced,” Freeman says.

To learn more, read: Apple cider vinegar: What the experts say