If there is one drink that brings out the extreme in people, it is apple cider. We mean that literally, and figuratively. While there is extensive research hailing its health benefits, there are also a lot of myths associated with apple cider, and the side-effects are underplayed. Here, we debunk the untruths and expose the ugly aspects of apple cider, while also reiterating its good bits.
Apple Cider is all good – No Way!
Well, this is one myth that definitely needs to burst! Did you know that the high vinegar content in the cider can actually erode your disarming smile? Apple cider can damage your teeth, as it slowly chips away at the enamel. This may not be a big concern if you only consume it on rare occasions.
But if you are used to a daily dose of cider, then experts suggest a way around this effect – simply dilute your cider in a glass of water, and use a straw to drink it up. Furthermore, safeguard yourself by doing a thorough mouthwash after your drink. This way you will minimize the possibility of the vinegar staying in contact with your teeth.
Apple Cider works as an appetite suppressor – by irritating the stomach!
It is prudent to take note of its “irritant” properties. If you go all out on cider and drink up several glasses of it, beware of the heartburn. Researchers say that its high acidic content can also wreak havoc on a sensitive stomach, leading to gastritis, flatulence, or even outright inflammation in the stomach region. In some cases, it can even damage the throat and esophagus region.
No one is making a case that you should stay away from apple cider completely, but all that is required is that you must consume it judiciously. (And that means not enjoying it as a regular drink.)