Shocking side effects of apple cider vinegar for weight loss

    Abdulaziz Sobh

    Apple cider vinegar has been a wonderful ingredient to induce weight loss. It is believed that including LCA in your diet helps reduce weight, but so does another vinegar.

    A daily dose of ACV may not be so harmful to your health, but this is what three registered dietitians have to say to convince you otherwise:

    1. It can cause serious stomach problems

    Vinegar is acidic and some people do not tolerate it well.

    It is better to avoid stroke if you have ulcerative colitis, inflammation of the digestive tract or is simply prone to stomach aches, said Leslie Bonci, RD, owner of Active Eating Advice.

    Bonci added that while vinegar improves the taste of food without biasing its caloric value, it is not an elixir for further transformation.

    2. It can alter your bowel movements

    Apple cider vinegar contains pectin as it is made from fermented apples. Pectin is a soluble dietary fiber that acts as a natural gelling agent, said Eliza Savage, a registered dietitian in New York City who works at Middleberg Nutrition.

    ACV pectin helps to form stool, promotes good growth of bacteria in the intestine and decreases inflammation. But when you consume too much ACV, you can develop diarrhea.

    According to Savage, ACV can drag water into the intestine, therefore, the stool will come out the liquid and more frequently.

    3. It can compromise the kidneys.

    "Some research has been done to show that if you have any type of weakened kidney or immunocompromised kidney, it is not recommended to consume anything that is highly acidic," said Amanda Baker Lemein, a registered dietitian and nutrition expert.

    LCA should always be diluted. Mix 1 to 2 teaspoons of ACV with 8 ounces of water and progress to 1 tablespoon mixed with 8 ounces of water, Savage suggested.

    4. It can make you feel bloated

    Apple cider vinegar delays stomach emptying, causing bloating, gas and nausea.

    "Sometimes, delayed stomach emptying can cause temporary weight loss," Savage said. "But a healthier diet alternative would be to increase water intake and choose more non-starchy vegetables rich in fiber," he added.

    5. May exacerbate your symptoms of acid reflux

    An increase in stroke is an increase in stomach acid. More stomach acid can make your burning sensation worse if you are already experiencing heartburn or reflux.

    "Anyone who has acid reflux will want to be careful with overly acidic foods," said Amanda Baker Lemein, a registered dietitian and nutrition expert.

    6. It can damage your immune system

    Evidence suggests that probiotics in the intestine help build a strong immune system, but with ACV, it inhibits its probiotic properties.

    Bonci said that although fermented foods can help increase good bacteria in the intestine, vinegar depletes the probiotic stroke it needs to boost your immune system.

    Apple cider vinegar can help you lose weight in some way and make it look good, but going crazy about using ACV could eliminate other nutrients from your diet that are obviously more harmful than beneficial.


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