The Side Effects Of Apple Cider Vinegar May Actually Outweigh Any Potential Weight-Loss Benefits

The Side Effects Of Apple Cider Vinegar May Actually Outweigh Any Potential Weight-Loss Benefits

You may already be using apple cider vinegar, or ACV, on the reg if you're trying to lose weight. Maybe you take a shot straight every day or use it to whip up a low-calorie salad dressing. This is important enough to state upfront: ACV won't magically melt your pounds off. And if you overdo it, the apple cider vinegar side effects could really do a number on your body.

So, are apple cider vinegar and weight loss claims really all bogus? It can help in some ways: If you're replacing a calorie-bomb condiment like mayo with ACV, it might help you cut some calories, says Leslie Bonci, RD, the owner of Active Eating Advice. Just note that that applies to any type of vinegar, not just the apple cider variety.

While consuming ACV has been touted as a positive health practice that can potentially help regulate blood sugar and lower cholesterol, it also can cause serious digestive distress in some people, notes Eliza Savage, RD. That's because of the high acidity levels, and GI issues may occur depending on how much you drink, says Ella Davar, RD, who is based in NYC and Miami. “Drinking a whole shot on an empty stomach is definitely too much for those with sensitive digestive systems,” she says.

If you have been diagnosed with Crohn's disease, gastritis, or irritable bowel syndrome, Davar says you should skip this beverage altogether. Not sure if your body can handle it? Check with your primary care physician first.

If you're still curious to try apple cider vinegar, here are the side effects you may experience, according to nutrition experts.

Meet the experts: Leslie Bonci is a registered dietitian and the owner of Active Eating Advice. Eliza Savage is a NYC-based nutritionist. Ella Davar is a nutritionist who specializes in gut health.

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Registered dietitians explain the possible dangers of drinking too much apple cider vinegar for weight loss, like acid reflux, plus the safe daily dosage.