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 needs to burst! Did you know that the high vinegar content in the cider can 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.)
Apple Cider is great for weight loss – not a good idea!
It is the irritant symptoms of apple cider which suppress your appetite and turn you off food. When this happens regularly enough, you will notice the loss of appetite and subsequent weight loss. But why use a weight-loss aid at the risk of damaging your body?
You can choose safer and healthier methods to curb cravings, such as protein-rich breakfasts, light salads, or even fresh fruit or juice. These are all safer and more nutritious alternatives to aid your weight loss goals. Apple cider does have its benefits, but safe weight loss is not one of them!
Apple Cider can be used to whiten teeth – by eroding them!
Today, a large number of people turn to stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine to beat daily stress. But of course, these stain your teeth, and it is no wonder that people are continually looking for “natural” ways to un-stain it. Here’s where it comes as a shocker that apple cider has become dubiously famous as a natural teeth whitener.
People generously smear it on their teeth to remove the stains. But one must not lose sight of the fact that the acid content damages your teeth – including those dentures! Enough said, talk to your dentist about a safer teeth whitener.
Apple cider reduces the absorption of sugar – mostly from carbs!
You might have heard of apple cider being used to lower diabetes. What you should know is that the “experts” who came up with this questionable claim, specifically used carbohydrate-rich diets on their subjects. Apple cider surely reduces the amount of sugar absorbed from your starchy meal.
But if your meal also includes protein, then the effects are almost nullified. As seems to be the trend with all things cider, it’s not all good. Therefore, it is advisable to check with your doctor if you intend using apple cider to control your diabetes.Related: Avoid Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar Like This
Apple cider is a “risky” flea cleaner
Pet lovers tend to rush towards their favorite apple cider to treat fleas and ticks. And they do it by generously spraying it all over their dog. While this may be okay a time or two – provided you give the pet a good wash a day later – it is not recommended for regular use. Consider this: you are actually spraying acid (albeit diluted acid) on your pet. Need we say more?
Apple cider can destroy those yucky parasites
With the amount of chemical fertilizers used on our food, especially on natural produce, nobody is surprised anymore to know that they carry (potentially harmful) parasites in their stomach. But here comes the magic word: probiotic.
Yes, apple cider does have good bacteria, which protects us from food poisoning. When used in moderation, its probiotic properties can be a big blessing to our body. It is mainly used to enhance the health of the gut, where most parasites are found. But make sure to use the organic, raw stuff rather than the pasteurized version.
Apple Cider is best “eaten,” not drunk
Surprised? Experts have found an inventive use for the cider – definitely not as a regular drink, as the acid content then overrides the benefits – but as a salad dressing. With this, the veggies help in digestion of the cider, and you also stay away from other sugar-rich salad dressings. By eating, you can better control the amount of apple cider you consume. So feel free to do a glorious 2-tablespoon drizzle over your Greek salad.
It is much more healthy than eating pizza for dinner. Certainly, plain cheese pizza which is not a dinner at all!Related: 15 Detox Foods That Work Better Than Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider can solve “itching problems”
Apple cider is an effective antiseptic, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial agent, which can help with itching problems. Mosquito bites? No problem, just soak the affected area in diluted cider (one cup cider to one tub water). Dandruff concerns? Again, cider can be used to treat this annoying problem, as it works well as a conditioner for your hair.
It can also be used as a mild (aka diluted) toner, especially to break out the odd pimple or two. (Do not use it as a daily toner!) However, what you absolutely must not do is put it on sensitive areas of your body (like open wounds, warts, or genital areas). In this case, it is better to visit your doctor, rather than self-administer with apple cider.
Apple cider keeps your house clean and hygienic
It may not help keep your teeth clean, or your pets flea-clear, but it can surely keep your cherished house clean. Here is where the acid is indeed all good in combating parasites far removed from your body. Feel free to go all out using Apple Cider as an all-purpose cleaner – to keep those kitchen counters spotless, your floors shining, and your bathrooms parasite-free and sparkling. Some enthusiastic gardeners even use it to destroy pests preying on their precious plants!
Ben from Seven Pounds may know that trick – he seemed to know about gardens!
Apple cider can even clean your vegetables
Remember those probiotic properties? They are the reason cider works as a good vegetable wash, and can even nullify the harmful effects of fertilizers on your fresh produce. Pour a few drops of apple cider on your veggies before you thoroughly rinse them out for use. You can even leave them out to dry for 30 minutes before cooking.
So is apple cider good for you at all? Yes, of course it is! Don’t let the downsides of this unique beverage keep you completely away from its benefits. Many doctors recommend drinking apple cider in moderation – with no more than two tablespoons a day. Dilute it appropriately and use it as needed. If you have any medical conditions related to the throat, stomach, or esophagus, then it is better to check with your doctor before you choose a natural treatment with apple cider.Related: 13 Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar