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What Apple Cider Vinegar Really Does To Your Body

August 14, 2019

Benji Jones: Wait, how zoomed-in are you? The internet is good for many things, but providing trusted
advice on natural remedies is definitely not one of them, especially when it comes
to apple cider vinegar. A quick Google search will show you that people use it for everything
from cleaning their teeth to curing yeast infections. So if people on the internet are doing it, it’s worth trying, right? Definitely wrong. Because not only is there little evidence to support most of the uses
for apple cider vinegar, but some of them are
straight-up bad for you. Apple cider vinegar is
basically just fermented juice. Yeast turns the sugars in
apple juice into alcohol, and bacteria then turns that alcohol into acetic acid, the chemical linked to most of cider vinegar’s alleged benefits. But here’s the thing: This process isn’t unique
to apple cider vinegar. In fact, acetic acid is
in all types of vinegar, from white wine to balsamic. The main thing that makes
cider vinegar different is that it might be easier to swallow than a straight-up swig of balsamic. And if you are so
inclined to gulp it down, there’s at least one benefit
you can look forward to. Research shows that drinking
cider vinegar after a meal may help lower your blood-sugar levels. Edwin McDonald: So studies
have demonstrated that when people eat a high-starch
meal and follow it with a little bit of apple cider vinegar, the blood sugars after eating those meals may not go up as much compared
to when you eat placebo. Jones: That’s doctor and
trained chef Edwin McDonald. He says that ingesting as little as 20 grams of apple cider vinegar has been shown to slow the release of food from your stomach into your intestines. That’s where your body breaks down starches like pasta into sugars, and as a result… McDonald: You’re not gonna
absorb those sugars as quickly. So when you don’t absorb
sugars as quickly, your insulin levels
really don’t rise as much, and your blood sugar doesn’t rise as much. Jones: And that’s great news for anyone who’s diabetic or pre-diabetic. Now, despite what you read online, it probably won’t help you lose weight. McDonald: I also run a
weight-management clinic, and this question comes up all the time. Jones: But lowering your blood
sugar after a meal is just about the only benefit of
drinking apple cider vinegar. Research does suggest that acetic acid can slow down the accumulation of body fat and prevent metabolic
disorders in mice and rats. But there’s little evidence that it has the same effect on humans. In one weight-loss
experiment, 30 volunteers drank two tablespoons of
either apple cider vinegar, malt vinegar, or a placebo drink, twice a day, for two months straight, and none of them lost weight. In an older study with a similar design, participants did lose weight, but only about a third
of a pound each week, which McDonald says isn’t much. But if not for weight loss, what about using cider
vinegar to whiten your teeth? McDonald: I caution people against that. Jones: That’s because
cider vinegar is an acid. In fact, most brands have a pH between 2 and 3, which is similar to stomach acid, so swishing it around in your mouth can over time wear down the
enamel around your teeth, leaving them feeling rough to the touch and more susceptible
to cavities and decay. Yikes. Then there are the people who use apple cider vinegar as
a shampoo replacement. And as it turns out, there’s actually a pretty good reason for that. Because cider vinegar is so
acidic, Dr. McDonald says it can kill some of the microbes
that make your hair stink, and it can also limit the population of a type of fungus that
can lead to dandruff. But there’s a flip side. Because cider vinegar is so acidic, it can also burn or irritate your scalp. So you should always dilute it with water. Oh, and despite what you read online, cider vinegar is not
effective against head lice. In fact, one study found
that among six home remedies that people use to eliminate lice, like olive oil and mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar is
the least effective. None of them worked though. The claims of what apple
cider vinegar can do don’t stop there. Just keep in mind that at
least for now, none of them is supported by a large
body of scientific research. Now, of course, we’re
not talking about taste. When it comes to cooking,
there’s no uncertainty: Apple cider vinegar is delicious. I use it all the time when making dressing, pickles, and sauces. Yes, I cook. I just don’t walk away from meals thinking I’ve just swallowed
some ultimate cure-all.


  • Reply monzorella1 June 25, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    It helped my serbrroic demerits

  • Reply Trishell Rowe June 25, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    Using apple cider vinegar is very bad for your vagina…….i used it for yeast infection and had my menstrual for 9 days

  • Reply ELrin RAMDINTHAR INFIMATE June 26, 2019 at 12:19 am

    First of all.. people should forget that nobody or no animals loose weight by eating or drinking, weight is lost through fasting and exercise, while consuming the right foods which will HELP you to achieve your target.. that is what I believe as it took me 2 months to get my waist from 35 to 29.1/2 size and made me realize that YouTube is full of crap

  • Reply 49jubilee June 26, 2019 at 12:22 am

    Destroys your teeth. Never try to clean your teeth with it.
    Use diatomaceous earth food grade in water. Put a little on a toothbrush in water

  • Reply 49jubilee June 26, 2019 at 12:25 am

    Diatomaceous EARTH helps get rid of head lice.

  • Reply John Deleon June 26, 2019 at 2:29 am

    Man I'm glad i ran in to this

  • Reply AC C June 26, 2019 at 6:54 am

    I love apple cider vinegar with the mother. I dont think it's a cure all, definitely be careful about your teeth. It can help you digest foods and break them down better. And with the mother, you are giving the healthy bacteria of your gut some food. Better gut bacteria with few bad gut bacteria is generally something that's gonna be beneficial to you. But apple cider vinegar with the mother is not the only way to introduce healthy bacteria/food for bacteria. Things like yogurt, kimchee, and eating healthy foods, will all be good for your gut. Apple cider vinegar can also cause you to feel full faster for some people if you take I before eating. Everyones body is different.

  • Reply Rebecca Barlow June 26, 2019 at 6:56 am

    I've used it for nearly 7 years, 1tbsp to 1.5ish cups of water, as a rinse between shampooing and conditioning. Supposedly helps rebalance the hairs' natural acidic state after alkaline shampoos. I have noticed it does help prevent dandruff, helps detangle and keeps the hair shinier and softer than not using it, and the smell evaporates once dried.
    … I would not however be stupid enough to chug it straight or brush my teeth with it :')

  • Reply Mohamud Haji June 26, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    What an ass!

  • Reply Mohamud Haji June 26, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    What an ass! None of your arguments are supported by scientific evidence and keep referencing one chef and the absolute truth.

  • Reply Chris Young June 26, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    What listening to this douchebag does to your ears

  • Reply pareparade June 26, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    I've been struggling with really bad heartburn over months of being stressed out last year and I have to say that vinegar did help a lot. I've been drinking 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in 500 ml of water every morning for a year and I now only rarely suffer from heartburn. I guess which vinegar you use is up to personal taste, but if anyone's suffering from heartburn, I do recommend you try drinking vinegar water! It helped me A LOT!!

  • Reply Priscilla L June 26, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    I was interested in this until he said that mayo doesn’t help with lice but that was the only thing that helped rid the lice on my nieces head hmmm

  • Reply Soaptic June 26, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    What eating does to your body

  • Reply Mike Wagner June 26, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    I'm watching this online lol

  • Reply Janice Wyatt June 26, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    Umm, maybe you haven't noticed, but YOU are on the internet. I will not be listening to your ignorant negativity…
    btw: 95% of "balsamic" vinegar is not authentic.
    How many different ways have YOU personally tried using cider vinegar in medicinal ways and for how long?
    Damage to the tooth enamel is definitely true.
    And what does your personal knowledge contain about alkalinity in the body?
    Tony Robbins has a great video explaining that one.

  • Reply Janice Wyatt June 26, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    P.S. look up the work of Eric Lipton – fascinating

  • Reply gmfitzg June 26, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    I’m gay, but this guy is super fruity ?

  • Reply Tori Barnes June 27, 2019 at 1:00 am

    lol it will help u lose weight, you have to drink a glass full mixed with half ACV/half water/crushed ice, the weight will fall off

  • Reply DREW MURDAUGH June 27, 2019 at 1:03 am

    My gaydar just went off! I guess if this little c******* said it must be true huh!? You can also use it to clean off your Lover's penis before you blow him!

  • Reply A-Fee Anderson June 27, 2019 at 4:07 am

    Lies I lost weight gained it back. This is a lie

  • Reply Andy Deal June 27, 2019 at 8:45 am

    Why should anyone trust what you say when you make a statement your self "Not to trust the Internet" , it's like looking upwards and spitting , expecting the spit to fall elsewhere other that your face!! For the record, I have been using Apple cider and not only lost weight but gotten rid of my pressure and cholesterol meds for good!! And who is that joker (Doctor) your referring to ?? I am pretty sure he is not heard of!! Looking at this video surely is suspicious and seems to be funded by the FDA as they are losing business due to the public movement away from meds. Wrong choice of review .. !!

  • Reply jquest43 June 27, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Haha..another liar with his religious fanatical religion of false scence called SCIENTISM.

  • Reply Arvene June 27, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Okay. I wont watch the whole vid. Hold it right there boy. But i i lost weight and fats by drinking it. LOL without exercise btw. In 1 month. 98 to 72. And for everyone who wants to try. use a straw. Drinking from the glass is quite dangerous. ACV can destroy your teeth.

  • Reply Allen Tremper June 27, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    No, we are talking about unfiltered, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar with the protein strands and enzymes.
    So yeah, going by how you are presenting your information, it's arguably be true, but you're not even touching on it's main benefit to the gut.
    This is controlled opposition at it's worst.

  • Reply Vianey Vasquez June 27, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    You THE DEVIL!

  • Reply Mikko Valencia June 27, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    That's odd. I lost weight BECAUSE of apple cider vinegar. Hmm.

  • Reply Giant Asparagus June 27, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Lol ok well I will keep using it because it DOES work. The fact you brought up teeth cleaning of all things is just stupid that should be common sense.

    Next up: water consumption can be dangerous.

  • Reply Manic Pixie Dream Girl June 27, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Can you take a bath in it? I’ve read that it’s good to add 2 cups to your bath to help remove dead skin and stuff. But I honestly don’t know

  • Reply David K. June 27, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    Thank you! I have often wondered about all the apple cider vinegar remedies I've seen advertisements for and have been very skeptical about them. Apparently, my skepticism was right on target. Thanks for confirming my suspicions.

  • Reply Juke Box June 28, 2019 at 1:07 am

    Now how about that recipe?

  • Reply Glenn Silvetti June 28, 2019 at 3:48 am

    Well if we shouldn’t believe what they say on google why should we believe you

  • Reply Ian animate June 28, 2019 at 6:47 am

    Mentioning only yeast infection and teeth whitening were meant to ridicule apple cider vinegar.You could have mentioned more bile production,acidify the stomach or cleanse the liver..but you didn't because whitening teeth and treating yeast infection sounded more funny.

  • Reply Raphael Quaglio June 28, 2019 at 10:24 am

    As vinegar to the teeth & smoke to the eyes…….
    Everybody knows vinegar will erode your tooth enamel. It gave me acid reflux that burned my throat even when heavily diluted in water.

  • Reply Khristi Le Gendre June 28, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    It actually does work for my dandruff/dry scalp

  • Reply Dane Reid June 28, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    I have metabolic syndrome and I get headaches as a result of higher carbs. Drinking Apple cider vinegar has helped me with those headaches.

  • Reply Barb June 28, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    Keeping your insulin levels from going high is what helps you lose weight, if you were constantly in a hi levels of insulin you will gain weight insulin is a hormone that creates fat cells

  • Reply Nathan T June 29, 2019 at 8:50 am

    I had a fatty liver. I started drinking ACV twice a day and within months I lost 2 inches off my waist and my blood triglyceride levels were back within healthy range.
    Next: What being a smug douche with a pseudo-education does to your body!

  • Reply Robin W June 29, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Is it just me or does je Sound like a lesbian? I meaaan do you See what i am saaayiin?

  • Reply Paul Snyder June 30, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Olive oil and mayonnaise doesn't work to literally suffocate lice from breathing and therefore dying? When applied nightly for the amount of days it would take a newly laid egg to hatch (6-9 days according to the CDC) and some days to suffocate newly born nymphs? Ok random, young, white dude from a random youtube channel on the internet. I'll disregard science and common sense because you cleverly said "none of them work though". lol

  • Reply Raquel Botelho June 30, 2019 at 9:05 am

    I lost over 20lbs in 8 weeks drinking 3 capsful of ACV with grapefruit before every meal. It worked for me. AVC reduces inflammation

  • Reply Andrew Heys June 30, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    I'll make a video and reference CNN and the BBC at the end, the fact they are even on that list takes all credibility from this video. CNN and the BBC have no credibility in reporting anything anymore.

  • Reply 2dashville July 1, 2019 at 5:15 am

    If you gonna chug balsamic vinegar it should be the real deal.

  • Reply Bobbie May July 1, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    You are talking absolute rubbish. Apples produce mallic acid and it does wonders for my joints. I wouldn’t be without it. You are trying to drink far too much of it! I use it to keep my joints flexible and it works! Nothing to do with weight loss – that doesn’t work!

  • Reply El Chapo July 2, 2019 at 12:32 am

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  • Reply Chef Nigel Richter July 2, 2019 at 2:39 am


  • Reply Ethan Letzer July 3, 2019 at 1:31 am

    Your missing the most beneficial aspect of raw unfiltered ACV….the probiotics. Probiotics help improve your health in SOOOOOOO many ways it's unbelievable

  • Reply Allen Edgar July 3, 2019 at 10:11 am

    You are doctor ? The BBC will be recruiting a doctor shortly Dr Who try it

  • Reply Myles A July 3, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    fix your lisp

  • Reply Paul McNabb July 3, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Another lie exposed. Just as bad as gluten free water.

  • Reply Richard Wood July 4, 2019 at 11:30 am

    You a f##king idiot.period go suck some more penis.

  • Reply keecefly July 4, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    The lowering of blood sugar is it's core benefit you moron.

    Metabolic syndrome issues cause people to gain weight or make it difficult for you to lose it.

    You misunderstood the research data. ?

  • Reply joshua stables July 5, 2019 at 7:05 am

    No valuable information in that what so ever ?

  • Reply sonder meza July 6, 2019 at 3:18 am

    Yo mama is ‘basically just fermented juice’

  • Reply Robert Lee July 6, 2019 at 6:27 am

    Thanks Science Insider for clearing that up and confirming apple cider vinegar works for diabetics.

  • Reply Manveer Singh July 6, 2019 at 9:09 am

    i'm not going to take weight-loss tips from someone named MCDONALD

  • Reply James Walker July 6, 2019 at 10:24 am

    Aseeetic acid spud….

  • Reply knotty 110 July 6, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    I am not going to give credence to anything sourced from CNN and the BBC. The two biggest lie machines in the world.

  • Reply Is Az July 7, 2019 at 12:20 am

    It stops sugar cravings if 2 tbsps are drank in lukewarm water on empty stomach. That's how it stops you eating unnecessary calories. Hence the weight loss.

  • Reply Lucy G July 7, 2019 at 4:18 am

    he did NOT need to show that clip of a lice? NOW I FEEL ITCHYYYY

  • Reply Dennis Mitchell July 7, 2019 at 10:36 am

    Drinking apple cider vinegar or cooking with it hasn't helped alleviate gayness unless this narrator was flaming before.

  • Reply 101 Life July 7, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Before you come against our claim, have you experiment yourself with it? Otherwise you are worst than us! What makes you so claim is right?

  • Reply PartVIII July 8, 2019 at 12:46 am

    ass-see-tick acid

  • Reply Adam Nolton July 9, 2019 at 8:38 am

    What a load of crap. Pathetic channel

  • Reply Jim Keel July 9, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    So apple cider vinegar is something a diabetic might want to try so would people with head fungal infections. Everything else isn't backed up by science.

  • Reply Jun jun Lozada July 10, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    So you mean this is fake, since it is in the internet too?

  • Reply Jina Gibson July 10, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    Most people are stupid enough to drink it straight and don't bother to buy vinegar products. Too they drink and eat sugar for the rest of the day. You must be a floral douche…kills warts and fungus too!

  • Reply popindosin228 July 10, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    Never heard about that thing before…

  • Reply Salem Khoshiwal July 11, 2019 at 3:14 am

    If we should not believe what we read on google then why should believe you?

  • Reply pond Dude July 11, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Okay but I get terrible indigestion and when I burp it taste like puke and no medicine works as good as apple cider vinegar

  • Reply Jesus Rodriguez July 11, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    I dont trust that face!!!

  • Reply Regan McKee July 11, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Watching this vid sipping my lunchtime acv honey water thinking "shut up girly boy"

  • Reply Buzzy Head July 11, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Just because it's not proven by science doesn't mean it's wrong. PEOPLE THINK Scientist KNOW EVERYTHING BUT THEY DON'T .

  • Reply Donuts plz July 12, 2019 at 4:51 am

    Wear a belt bro

  • Reply Luisa Moore July 12, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    It stops me from getting heartburn and nothing else does aside from HCL pills or enzyme pills so…beg to differ!

  • Reply LavenderLushLuxury July 12, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    Gross Vile. Yuck.

  • Reply C h a r l s i July 13, 2019 at 7:34 am

    Apple cider cured my depression

  • Reply Notmatt July 13, 2019 at 8:38 am

    3:31 holy crap that is some thin hair, you can really see his scalp from the top of his head

  • Reply Gerard Parker July 15, 2019 at 3:02 am

    So you make an internet video about ACV, and you tell us the internet is wrong about ACV…

  • Reply Methuselah July 15, 2019 at 7:18 am

    Apple cider vinegar is good for keeping to stomach acid level good, balancing insulin levels, Good for gut bacteria , bloating, gas, helps with the absorption of nutrients ,closes the stomach opening to avoid acid reflux going up your throat.

  • Reply Ziia z July 16, 2019 at 12:21 am

    I don't trust you either

  • Reply FrustratedBaboon July 16, 2019 at 2:01 am

    You said nothing but used tactics to criticize the other guy.

  • Reply Pbee Pineda July 20, 2019 at 12:58 am

    Next: why some underarms smell

  • Reply Muffin Man July 21, 2019 at 3:56 am

    Will Wheaton with a crustache

  • Reply Jashnoshoe July 21, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Dr. McDonald is giving me an advice on food… No thanks

  • Reply alan wisdom July 22, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Apple cidar vinegar is also very good for the skin

  • Reply joe vetri July 23, 2019 at 1:50 am

    Apple cider vinegar is actually really good for a soar throat

  • Reply B L July 23, 2019 at 2:01 am

    It’s posed to help cholesterol and blood pressure

  • Reply Jerod Toma July 24, 2019 at 1:36 am

    I only drink ACV usually to cure food poisoning. Works better than pepto!

  • Reply coolstay85 July 25, 2019 at 7:36 am

    It's just acetic acid with apple flavor. It does whatever regular vinegar does.

  • Reply Dutchess Jones July 25, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    For me…apple cider vinegar helps me lose inches. It may be superficially help my clothes fit better while I consistently drink it….but it helps manage my curves ?

  • Reply Dont Sign July 29, 2019 at 4:40 am

    You can easily tell that apple cider vinegar bottle is from Bragg

  • Reply Dont Sign July 29, 2019 at 4:42 am

    Why do i keep getting such things in my recommendations is youtube tryna tell me something :/

  • Reply ATXTube July 29, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    This video is trash

  • Reply Michelle Laroche August 5, 2019 at 4:40 am

    What about it’s antifungal properties? I have used it as an additional treatment for ringworm and athlete’s foot with great effect!

  • Reply Edward Budai August 8, 2019 at 3:11 am

    @ Science Insider. You are so wrong with Your Information.
    Apple Cider Vinegar Has been used for over 800 years. In fact maybe even longer, Even Columbus Had Barrels of it when He Discovered America. It's even in Many Medical Books Dating way back to 1500's. Do some Real Research and Don't be Idiot's. Spreading False and Bad Information.

  • Reply Xperiaplay Philippines August 9, 2019 at 12:18 am

    Try it if it works for you then good. Research on alternative remedies are suppressed by big pharma. Which is why they are contended with saying that there is not enough research on it.

  • Reply Cliff Mp August 9, 2019 at 3:56 am

    You… are an idiot!

  • Reply atDrinkH2o August 11, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    Doctor AND trained Chef?? Whoever is married to that man…#BLESSED

  • Reply Jay Laurie August 12, 2019 at 5:44 am

    Please watch Dr. Eric Berg's videos on Apple Cider vinegar. Your research is not enough.

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