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{"id":555990515785,"title":"Why Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies Have No Health Benefits","created_at":"2021-11-24T18:04:54-05:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n\"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n\"@type\": \"Article\",\n\"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/apple-cider-vinegar-gummies\",\n\"headline\": \"Why Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies Have No Health Benefits\",\n\"description\": \"Our MD explains why ACV gummies don't have the same health benefits of regular ACV consumption. 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It contains a compound called acetic acid, which may be responsible for its weight-loss effects.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.sciencedirect.com\/science\/article\/abs\/pii\/S1756464618300483\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOne medical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e compared patients on a restricted diet alone with patients on the same restricted diet with the additional 30 milliliters (mL) a day of ACV. For reference, 30 mL is a bit over 10% of a standard cup.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe group taking ACV lost significantly more weight than the control group, and had reduced hunger cravings.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAnother \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/19661687\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical study\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e on ACV for weight loss found similarly positive results. Subjects taking either 30 mL or 15 mL of ACV standardized for acetic acid ended the trial with significantly lower body weight, visceral fat area and waist circumference compared to a control group consuming no ACV.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIt’s strange that many ACV gummy companies, including Goli, highlight the “immune-boosting” benefits of their gummies, since we can’t find any medical data on humans suggesting the vinegar improves immune function at all.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eACV may have benefits for diabetics and pre-diabetes, due to its favorable effect on blood sugar control. A \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC8243436\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emeta-review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e of 9 different studies on ACV for blood sugar control, published in the BMC Alternative Medicine and Therapies Journal, concluded that ACV may benefit blood sugar and cholesterol.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eThen Why Don’t The Gummies Work?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWhether a food or supplement (or medication for that matter) is likely to have health benefits depends on the dose. We know that broccoli is healthy, but eating one tiny shred of it wouldn’t make any difference to a human’s health.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eTaking ACV gummies is like eating one single tiny shred of broccoli; the dose is too low to have any health benefit.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAll of the medical studies on ACV referenced above used a minimum dosage of 15 mL, and this minimally-effective dose is equivalent to around 15,000 mg.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFor reference, Goli gummies contain 500 mg, or around 3% of what appears to be the minimally-effective dose.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAnother popular ACV gummies product made by Orphic Nutrition, which is the top result on Amazon for ACV gummies, contains 1000 mg.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA third leading brand called Health Nutrition Naturals makes an ACV gummies product with 1000 mg.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe haven’t come across an ACV gummies product that even comes close to a minimally-effective dose of ACV, and we don’t expect to, because the gummy formulation makes it nearly impossible to fit such a large dose in one serving, unless the serving size was like 20 gummies.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eWhy Gummies Are Unhealthy\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGummy products, ACV or otherwise, nearly all contain added sugar, which \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/29772560\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eis proven\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e in medical research to be harmful to human health.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eEven if the sugar dose is relatively low (1 g per gummy in the case of Goli), we don’t see the point in buying overpriced and ineffective supplements targeted to health conditions with added ingredients which harm health. It’s illogical.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFor consumers who just want an unhealthy but tasty snack, at least regular gummies won’t be so overpriced, and won’t claim to solve any health problems.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recommend avoiding gummy supplements entirely, because the premise of taking nutraceutical compounds for your health is counteracted by those same compounds containing added sugar which harms health.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eApple cider vinegar is healthy but apple cider vinegar gummies are not.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recommend that consumers buy regular apple cider vinegar from the grocery store if they’re looking to reap the health benefits of ACV. 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The ACV dose in most popular brands of ACV gummies is less than 10% of the effective dose.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBuying apple cider vinegar and consuming it diluted in water would be cheaper and healthier than using ACV gummies, and would also allow you to avoid the added sugars.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2021-12-10T12:00:01-05:00","updated_at":"2022-08-18T20:01:14-04:00","summary_html":"\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"Polaris-Card_yis1o\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"Polaris-Card__Section_1b1h1\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"Sd8DF\"\u003eWe explain why ACV gummies don't have the same health benefits of regular ACV consumption. 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Why Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies Have No Health Benefits

Why Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies Have No Health Benefits


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Apple cider vinegar (ACV) gummies are gaining in popularity because they’re tasty and brands claim they have all sorts of health benefits, like improved immunity.

We reviewed the most popular ACV brand Goli previously, but there are so many ACV gummies brands popping up that we wanted to publish a standalone article explaining why these products generally have no health benefits and are a waste of money.

Is Apple Cider Vinegar Healthy?

There is a large amount of published medical research proving some of the health benefits of ACV. It contains a compound called acetic acid, which may be responsible for its weight-loss effects.

One medical trial compared patients on a restricted diet alone with patients on the same restricted diet with the additional 30 milliliters (mL) a day of ACV. For reference, 30 mL is a bit over 10% of a standard cup.

The group taking ACV lost significantly more weight than the control group, and had reduced hunger cravings.

Another medical study on ACV for weight loss found similarly positive results. Subjects taking either 30 mL or 15 mL of ACV standardized for acetic acid ended the trial with significantly lower body weight, visceral fat area and waist circumference compared to a control group consuming no ACV.

It’s strange that many ACV gummy companies, including Goli, highlight the “immune-boosting” benefits of their gummies, since we can’t find any medical data on humans suggesting the vinegar improves immune function at all.

ACV may have benefits for diabetics and pre-diabetes, due to its favorable effect on blood sugar control. A meta-review of 9 different studies on ACV for blood sugar control, published in the BMC Alternative Medicine and Therapies Journal, concluded that ACV may benefit blood sugar and cholesterol.

Then Why Don’t The Gummies Work?

Whether a food or supplement (or medication for that matter) is likely to have health benefits depends on the dose. We know that broccoli is healthy, but eating one tiny shred of it wouldn’t make any difference to a human’s health.

Taking ACV gummies is like eating one single tiny shred of broccoli; the dose is too low to have any health benefit.

All of the medical studies on ACV referenced above used a minimum dosage of 15 mL, and this minimally-effective dose is equivalent to around 15,000 mg.

For reference, Goli gummies contain 500 mg, or around 3% of what appears to be the minimally-effective dose.

Another popular ACV gummies product made by Orphic Nutrition, which is the top result on Amazon for ACV gummies, contains 1000 mg.

A third leading brand called Health Nutrition Naturals makes an ACV gummies product with 1000 mg.

We haven’t come across an ACV gummies product that even comes close to a minimally-effective dose of ACV, and we don’t expect to, because the gummy formulation makes it nearly impossible to fit such a large dose in one serving, unless the serving size was like 20 gummies.

Why Gummies Are Unhealthy

Gummy products, ACV or otherwise, nearly all contain added sugar, which is proven in medical research to be harmful to human health.

Even if the sugar dose is relatively low (1 g per gummy in the case of Goli), we don’t see the point in buying overpriced and ineffective supplements targeted to health conditions with added ingredients which harm health. It’s illogical.

For consumers who just want an unhealthy but tasty snack, at least regular gummies won’t be so overpriced, and won’t claim to solve any health problems.

We recommend avoiding gummy supplements entirely, because the premise of taking nutraceutical compounds for your health is counteracted by those same compounds containing added sugar which harms health.

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Conclusion

Apple cider vinegar is healthy but apple cider vinegar gummies are not.

We recommend that consumers buy regular apple cider vinegar from the grocery store if they’re looking to reap the health benefits of ACV. It should always be consumed diluted in water because it’s very acidic.

ACV gummies necessarily contain too low of a dose to have any health benefit, and they’re not even close to the minimally-effective dose. The ACV dose in most popular brands of ACV gummies is less than 10% of the effective dose.

Buying apple cider vinegar and consuming it diluted in water would be cheaper and healthier than using ACV gummies, and would also allow you to avoid the added sugars.





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