Apple cider vinegar (ACV) shots are small drinks that contain a mixture of ACV with another liquid. There is some evidence these drinks may have health benefits.
Some research suggests that ACV has health benefits, such as promoting healthy cholesterol and blood glucose levels. However, drinking concentrated ACV can erode tooth enamel and irritate the esophagus, or food pipe.
To prevent side effects, people should limit their intake of ACV to
Keep reading to learn more about the benefits and risks of ACV shots, as well as how to take them safely and make them at home.
ACV shots are small drinks that contain ACV, usually with a small amount of another liquid, such as a fruit juice or water.
It is possible to make ACV shots at home or purchase ready-made varieties in stores. Commercially available ACV shots sometimes contain other ingredients, which may include:
- spices, such as ginger, turmeric, or cinnamon
- sweeteners, such as honey or maple syrup
- vegetable juices, such as beetroot
ACV is apple juice that has undergone fermentation twice. The first fermentation involves mixing apple juice with yeast and a carbohydrate. This changes the carbohydrates into alcohol. The second fermentation turns the alcohol into acetic acid, which gives ACV its acidity.
While there is some research about the potential health benefits of ACV in general, there is no research on the advantages of taking ACV as a shot. It is likely that it is no more beneficial than consuming ACV in other ways, such as in a glass of water or as an ingredient in foods, such as salad dressings.
For people who do not like the taste of ACV, it may be easier to drink as a shot.
ACV, more generally, may have some useful health benefits. Research suggests it may:
Improve cholesterol and glucose levels
High cholesterol and blood glucose are risk factors for several cardiovascular diseases. These conditions are a leading cause of premature death.
However, the review notes that due to some limitations, people should interpret these findings with caution and that further research is necessary to confirm the effects. ACV is not a replacement for medical treatment.
Bacterial strains are increasingly becoming resistant to antibiotics, so scientists are looking for alternatives to boost immunity and fight bacterial infections. With this intent,
It concluded that the vinegar has antimicrobial effects against Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Candida albicans, as well as reducing inflammation during an infection. More research is necessary to understand if ACV can help reduce these microbes in humans.
Promote weight loss
Analysis of the results indicated that daily consumption of ACV may reduce weight, body mass index, belly fat, and waist circumference. Much more research is necessary to prove that ACV affects body weight in a larger population.
However, consuming ACV as a shot carries several health risks because of the high concentration of vinegar they contain. Small amounts of ACV with adequate dilution is necessary to avoid the following:
Erosion of tooth enamel
Tooth enamel erosion is permanent and irreversible, so it is crucial to avoid practices that could cause it wherever possible.
Damage to esophagus
While this is an isolated case, the authors of the study highlight that undiluted vinegar drinks are corrosive. Drinking them too frequently may damage the gastrointestinal tract.
Development of osteoporosis
Some evidence suggests that excessive ACV consumption can contribute to weak or brittle bones.
While this is an extreme case, it is best for people to drink no more ACV than doctors recommend to avoid the risk of complications.
Although participants in the
For minimal risk, people should dilute 1 tbsp of ACV in a tall glass of water. Diluting in fruit juice is not as effective since fruit juice is also acidic.
For additional protection of the teeth, individuals can drink the ACV water through a straw. Rinse the mouth with plain water afterward.
Below are two ACV shot recipes people may wish to try. To protect the teeth, it is advisable to follow the instructions above for consuming ACV safely.
Apple and ginger
- 1 tbsp ACV
- ¼ cup unsweetened fruit juice
- a pinch of freshly grated ginger
Mix the ingredients together in a bowl or blender until incorporated.
Honey and spices
- 4 tbsp warm water
- 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
- 1 tbsp ACV
- pinch ground cinnamon or turmeric
Add the warm water and honey or maple syrup to a Mason jar and shake until it dissolves. Then add the other ingredients and stir.
ACV shots consist of vinegar mixed with another liquid, such as water or fruit juice. They are small in size and may have other ingredients, such as spices or sweeteners.
Some research indicates that ACV has some health benefits. It may help to reduce high cholesterol and regulate blood glucose levels. However, there is no particular benefit to taking ACV as a shot. Doing so may damage the teeth or throat due to the acidity of the mixture.
People who want to try ACV for its health benefits can minimize the chance of side effects by mixing no more than 1 tbsp of ACV in a tall glass of water. They may also wish to drink it through a straw.