Raise your hand if you’ve ever been personally hustled, scammed, and bamboozled by apple cider vinegar? No shade if you have, because it’s easy to buy into the wellness elixir: you can get apple cider vinegar at most grocery stores, it’s cheap, plus people say it’s supposed to be amazing for your scalp and skin, as well as your gut health. And although it tastes kind of gnarly, it’s just vinegar, so what could go wrong? A lot, actually.
Anecdotally, people say consuming apple cider vinegar, aka “ACV,” can cause a whole bunch of stomach issues, most notably diarrhea and nausea. Studies have shown that apple cider vinegar delays “gastric emptying,” meaning it messes with your body’s ability to move food from the stomach into the intestines, which can leave you feeling queasy. (That’s one of the reasons why so many people recommend drinking shots of ACV on an empty stomach.) On top of that, the sugar in apple cider vinegar can trigger peristalsis, an uncomfortable wave-like contraction in the intestines. And undiluted vinegar can pull water out of your intestines, causing diarrhea.
While this might sound a touch dramatic that …read more