Apple Cider Vinegar is widely hyped-up for its health properties. Small studies have linked it to weight loss and improved blood sugar and insulin levels. It also contains polyphenols – antioxidants that help prevent cell damage that might later lead to cancer.

But will sipping a spoonful of vinegar really deliver these results?

The Good and the Bad

The general consensus is that while studies look promising, there is not sufficient evidence to really back these claims.

There are also a couple of downsides.

Consistent acidic mouthfuls could damage your teeth, throat and stomach. It can lower potassium levels according to WebMD, which might hamper your muscles from working properly. It might also affect medications for heart disease and diabetes. And it tastes pretty horrible on its own.

But what about the probiotic benefits, you ask? Yes, vinegar is caused by fermentation, and fermented foods normally boost healthy gut bacteria. Vinegar alone, however, doesn’t work exactly the same as foods like sauerkraut. Too much Apple Cider Vinegar could, in fact, push other nutrients from your diet, which would be bad for your immune system – as stated by Women’s Health.

Don’t overdo it

Of course, these negative side effects only really become a risk when you’re overdoing it with the ACV. So instead of that shot each morning, rather work it into your diet with delicious salad dressings or seasoning.

In general, however, Apple Cider Vinegar has many promising benefits, and can be incorporated into a healthy, balanced diet.