Here’s what a top nutritionist *really* thinks about apple cider vinegar


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Anyone who takes a sip of apple cider vinegar—better known as ACV—instantly has a love-hate relationship with it. While it tastes absolutely horrible  (sorry but it had to be said), the wellness world darling is loaded with potentially health-benefiting antioxidants and probiotics. But are all those stellar health claims—like how it’s a weight-management, detoxing, cholesterol-lowering marvel—legit?

In the second episode of You Versus Food—Well+Good’s new YouTube series that gives a no-B.S. nutritional breakdown of the most popular food and drink trends—top nutritionist Tracy Lockwood Beckerman, RD, hilariously unpacks our obsession with ACV. Here are some highlights:

  1. Basically every hyped-up benefit of apple cider vinegar is…totally B.S. (But it does have some benefits!)
  2. There is a maximum amount you should be eating a day—2 tablespoons a day.
  3. When shopping for ACV at the grocery store, skip the pasteurized stuff because it kills the probiotic-containing “Mother.”
  4. Eat it with food (especially if you’re doing ACV shots!)

Bonus: The look on her face when she takes a sip of ACV is priceless.

To end the debate on whether apple cider vinegar is good for you once and for all, watch the episode above. Spoiler: You’re definitely not going to want to toss out your bottle just yet.

Did you miss the first episode of You Versus Food about avocados? Catch up here. Then check out these seven delicious ways to use ACV in your salad.

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