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Apple Cider Vinegar vs Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies – Which is Healthier?

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Our Verdict

When comparing apple cider vinegar (bottled) to apple cider vinegar (gummies), we picked the bottled.

Why?

There are several reasons!

The first reason is about dosage. For example, the sample we picked for apple cider vinegar gummies, boasts:

2 daily chewable gummies deliver 800 mg of Apple Cider Vinegar a day, equivalent to a teaspoon of liquid apple cider vinegar

That sounds good until you note that it’s recommended to take 1–2 tablespoons (not teaspoons) of apple vinegar. So this would need more like 4–8 gummies to make the dose. Suddenly, either that bottle of gummies is running out quickly, or you’re just not taking a meaningful dose and your benefits will likely not exceed placebo.

The other is reason about sugar. Most apple cider vinegar gummies are made with some kind of sugar syrup, often even high-fructose corn syrup, which is one of the least healthy foodstuffs (in the loosest sense of the word “foodstuffs”) known to science.

The specific brand we picked today was the best we can find; it used maltitol syrup.

Maltitol syrup, a corn derivative (and technically a sugar alcohol), has a Glycemic Index of 52, so it does raise blood sugars but not as much as sucrose would. However (and somewhat counterproductive to taking apple cider vinegar for gut health) it can cause digestive problems for many people.

And remember, you’re taking 4–8 gummies, so this is amounting to several tablespoons of the syrup by now.

On the flipside, apple cider vinegar itself has two main drawbacks, but they’re much less troublesome issues:

  • many people don’t like the taste
  • its acidic nature is not good for teeth

To this the common advice for both is to dilute it with water, thus diluting the taste and the acidity.

(this writer shoots hers from a shot glass, thus not bathing the teeth since it passes them “without touching the sides”; as for the taste, well, I find it invigorating—I do chase it with water, though to be sure of not leaving vinegar in my mouth)

Want to check them out for yourself?

Here they are:

Apple cider vinegar | Apple cider vinegar gummies

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