If you are consistently drinking apple cider vinegar in the hopes of miraculously dropping two sizes, you might want to re-think your diet plan. If apple cider vinegar is replacing a calorie-bomb condiment like mayo, then it may help you lose some weight, said Leslie Bonci, R.D., the owner of Active Eating Advice. But that is with all kinds of vinegar, not just with apple cider vinegar, and unfortunately, there is not much evidence backing the claims of apple cider vinegar’s health benefits.
However, if you are still insistent on experiencing for yourself what apple cider vinegar is all about, adding a daily dose of it to your diet is not dangerous at all. Here are five things you can (and can’t) expect to happen to your body, said Bonci.
5. Your Immune System May Actually Get Worse
Evidence has shown that probiotics and healthy gut bacteria help strengthen the immune system. Apple cider vinegar is a fermented liquid, and fermentation holds probiotic properties, so that means it could boost your immune system, right? Not exactly, said Bonci. Fermented foods can help increase good bacteria in your gut, she said, and some–like sauerkraut–do come in a vinegar base. Except the vinegar alone isn’t going to provide the necessary probiotics your body needs to make a difference to your immune system. Bonci adds that if you drink too much apple cider vinegar, you could flush out other nutrients from your body, which actually is bad for your immune system.
4. You May Feel Extremely Weak
If you are looking to consume more apple cider vinegar, Bonci suggests having vinegar as part of a meal that also incorporates vegetables, protein, and carbohydrates, ideally as a replacement for heavier dressing or seasoning. This way, your body will still get the nutrients it needs, ensuring that you do not feel overly weak or fatigued, and you will save yourself a few calories.