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Is Vinegar Good for You to Drink?

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author image Matthew Lee
Matthew Lee has been writing professionally since 2007. Past and current research projects have explored the effect of a diagnosis of breast cancer on lifestyle and mental health and adherence to lifestyle-based (i.e. nutrition and exercise) and drug therapy treatment programs. He holds a Master of Arts in psychology from Carleton University and is working toward his doctorate in health psychology.
Is Vinegar Good for You to Drink?
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Vinegar owes its pungent odor and sour flavor to acetic acid, a compound with numerous potential health benefits. As a result, drinking small amounts of vinegar, either plain or mixed with water, can be good for you. Often used as a flavor enhancer or food preservative, vinegar is sometimes touted as a cleaning agent or disinfectant. Vinegar contains 3 calories per tablespoon and only negligible amounts of any nutrients.

Benefits

The amount of acetic acid in 1.5 tablespoons of white vinegar can help reduce spikes in blood sugar if you take it with high-carbohydrate foods, according to a study published in 2005 in the "European Journal of Clinical Nutrition." In addition, drinking vinegar with food may help you feel fuller longer.

Risks

Avoid excessive amounts of vinegar and always take it with food. As a 2006 review in "Medscape General Medicine" indicates, too much acetic acid can cause inflammation and damage in your digestive tract, particularly if you take it without food.

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