Starting to gather info on Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). I recently bought 4 bottles of GOLI gummies at our local Dollar Store and thought about doing more research on this ACV.

I Googled some info and wanted some first hand info from someone who has used it,  I know generations ago it was used to make a drink called "switchel" (not sure of spelling). Made with mostly water with a little ACV in it.  Suposedly used by farmers to replenish fluids lost thru sweating.

I am toying with the idea of a Tablespoon of ACV in a glass of water.  Can't seem to find any harm in that. I do take MetFormin (500mg) twice daily as I'm Type 2 diabetic.  The Metformin has keep my glucose down to 110 average. 

Also take Atorvastatin, Carvedilol and Sotalol.

Just wonder if anyone on here has taken ACV (in small amounts) and what, if any, effects they encountered?

Thanks for all your anticipated input.



by Tracey_E - 2023-05-18 12:53:03

That small amount won't hurt anything but when in doubt ask your doctor. I use that much when I cook all the time. 

I also seriously doubt it'll help anything but why not. 


by docklock - 2023-05-18 13:20:18

When I make my "world famous" BBQ sauce I add probably a third of a cup to the secret ingredients.  So I agree with you.  
Sounds dumb on my part cause I forgot I use it in cooking.  LOL. šŸ˜‚

An ancient remedy

by Gotrhythm - 2023-05-18 13:47:37

Vinegar is something we all use practically everyday, particularly if we do our own meal preparation.

Besides adding taste, it's preserative and germ-fighting properties, as well as it's usefulness in cleaning products has been known since the beginning of recorded history. It's mentioned in the Bible.

If you're interested in the health uses for vinegar, you might like to look for JC Jarvis, MD's Home Remedies. An account of folk medicine cures he learned about as a doctor in Vermont.

The drink you're referring to is called a switchel. But the same drink (vinegar, water, with a small amount of flavoring) has moved uptown and can now be found in cocktail lounges as a "shrub." It can be made with liquor or as a "mocktail." Lydia Bastianich (PBS chef) featured it in a recent show.


by AgentX86 - 2023-05-18 14:03:15

That little bit of vinegar certainly isn't going to hurt but, likewise isn't going to help anything but your taste buds.

Your drink won't have any more electrolytes than the vinegar, which can't have more than the apples it comes from. You'll get a miniscule amount (highly diluted) of vitamin C but little else.

If it tastes good, go for it but don't think it's going to replace the electrolytes lost through sweat.


by Lavender - 2023-05-18 15:08:13

I used to drink ACV in water in the morning. My gastroenterologist said to stop. He said it can cause harm to the stomach lining. I do use it in cooking many things, though. I no longer drink it with water. 

Some negatives from a random look online:

Apple cider vinegar may give some people indigestion or make them feel nauseated. Don't drink it on an empty stomach, and if you feel sick or throw up after you take it, stop using it. ACV can also interact with some drugs, such as diuretics, laxatives, and insulin.

7 side effects of apple cider vinegar

Delayed stomach emptying. ... 

Digestive side effects. ... 

Low potassium levels and bone loss. ... 

Erosion of tooth enamel. ... 

Throat burns. ... 

Skin burns. ... 

Drug interactions.


Apple Cider Vinegar

by Marybird - 2023-05-18 16:05:44

I tried a bottle of apple cider vinegar gummies, hoping to see some of the benefits touted in advertisements and social media. I quit after that one bottle as it seemed they irritated my stomach, felt like indigestion and heartburn.



by piglet22 - 2023-05-19 07:35:45

I guess ACV is better than PVC or PAC.

From a chemistry point of view, we are talking about acetic acid, a weak organic acid, one of a class of chemicals called fatty acids. Don't ask me why. Butyric acid, a relative, stinks to high heaven and is the stink of rancid butter.

I wouldn’t want to be taking in too much raw vinegar from purely the acid aspect. It probably won't do teeth a lot of good.

If it goes into cooking, it's volatile and will boil off like alcohol in the red wine sauce.

As for uses, weak acids are good disinfectants.

I was involved in a large foot and mouth outbreak in the UK in 2001. My firm used a lot of vehicles going onto fields and farms. The vehicles had to have wheel washes and I made up the disinfectant. It was a weak solution of phosphoric acid.

The only practical use I have for distilled white vinegar is to add it to clothes washes as a conditioner.

Living in a solid chalk aquifer water supply area, the water is hard and scales everything. A generous splash of vinegar helps keep materials like clothing soft. As for attracting wildlife, I can't say.

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