Okay, okay, I should have searched youtube to see if there were any “hold my beer” videos before I tried this, but I didn’t.
Since I was a child, I remember hearing about all the incredible health benefits of apple cider vinegar. My Great Uncle Frank even had a little booklet on it. He swore by the stuff and at that time was drinking a couple tablespoons a day. I wondered how he got past the taste. He said, you get use to it.
Still, today, in 2017, I still see all kinds of blog posts and articles on apple cider vinegar. I dislike the taste of straight vinegar. It is disgusting. I took a visit to Google Scholar and did a search for “apple cider vinegar health.” A lot of the studies were related to blood lipids i.e. cholesterol and triglycerides.
The first article, was a quasi-experiment called “Influence of Apple Cider Vinegar on Blood Lipids.” It involved giving 19 patients apple cider vinegar over a course of 8 weeks. They did indeed show improvement in cholesterol and triglyceride values; however the quasi-experiment did not find that apple cider vinegar significantly increased HDL (commonly called good cholesterol.)
Their were a lot of other articles. Here are the highlights:
- “Apple cider vinegar attenuates lipid profile in normal and diabetic rats.”
- “Effect of Apple Cider Vinegar on Plasma Lipids (model experiment in mice)“
- This great article on “Functional Properties of Vinegar.” It even shows how vinegar is made.
Experiments showed a variety of outcomes, such as reduction of lipids stored in the liver and increased HDL (opposite of the quasi-experiment). All showed improvements in “bad cholesterol values.”
So what does a girl who dislikes straight vinegar do to get through taking vinegar? Apple cider vinegar shooters, right?
NOPE! DO NOT TRY IT. The liquid started going down my throat and burned like a bugger. Whiskey shots have nothing on apple cider vinegar shots. Thankfully, I was by the sink where all but a few drops of what started down flew back up. My body recommended I try a different method. That means, more fun experiments.
If you have found a way to successfully take your apple cider vinegar, please comment below for the rest of us poor saps. I can handle an apple a day, but not apple cider vinegar. Blech!