Drink your beauty: Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail

04/11/2012

Apple juice had gotten a bad rap when The Good Dr. Oz reported on supposed traces of arsenic found in many brands of the popular juice. That’s some scary stuff, but we should be equally scared about the amount of sugar found in apple juice. Sure, many brands claim “No Sugar Added”, but that doesn’t mean the juice isn’t loaded with natural sugars.

The American Academy of Pediatrics doesn’t mince words on their policy on apple juice:

Fruit juice offers no nutritional benefit for infants younger than 6 months, and no benefits over whole fruit for older kids. ~The Use and Misuse of Fruit Juice in Pediatrics

I love a cool glass of AJ on the rocks, but I’m trying something new. We beauty foodies are already hip to apple cider vinegar and the magic it can deliver for hair and skin care. But did you know that apple cider vinegar can also pretty you up from the inside out? 

Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail

I’m giving this a go because apple cider vinegar:

  • may help lower glucose levels. A 2007 study of 11 people with type 2 diabetes found that taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed lowered glucose levels by the next morning by as much as 4%-6%.
  • may aid in weight loss. In a 2005 study, 12 people who ate a piece of bread along with small amounts of white vinegar felt fuller and more satisfied than those who just ate the bread.

Have you every taken apple cider vinegar internally? How do you take it–straight or mixed with other ingredients? What differences, if any, have you noticed?