3 Side Effects Of Too Much Apple Cider Vinegar

A bottle of filtered Apple Cider Vinegar isolated on white
Many of us already know that apple cider vinegar is great for a number of things. It can do a lot of good inside and outside of your body from your skin to weight loss, etc.

But some of us take the healing power of apple cider vinegar a little too literally and take too much of it. Remember that age old saying that “too much of a good thing is bad for you”? Well, it’s true with apple cider vinegar too. Take a look at what happens when you have too much of it.

1. Tooth Enamel
Too much apple cider vinegar can erode tooth enamel. The acetic acid can damage the enamel on your teeth, making them more susceptible to tooth decay. Diluting the vinegar before use can help, but it’s wise to talk to your dentist before you consume apple cider vinegar.

The effects of apple cider vinegar on teeth are particularly significant because people often consume it directly and can drink a considerable amount at a time.

For example, in one reported case a teenager was consuming a glass of apple cider vinegar (undiluted) each day, in an effort to lose weight.

That behavior resulted in significant damage to her teeth. Research has also indicated that vinegar can lead to a loss of minerals in teeth, which could contribute to tooth decay.

Now, this issue is likely to be most significant when you’re drinking the apple cider vinegar straight, especially as vinegar is acidic and fairly harsh on the body.

2. Blood Sugar
Apple cider vinegar can also have an antiglycemic effect on blood sugar, meaning it can lower glucose levels in the bloodstream. This may benefit the management of type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance, but people with uncontrolled blood sugar levels could find its use problematic. Blood sugar may drop to the point of diabetic hypoglycemia. This could deprive the brain of glucose, leading to seizures and loss of consciousness. If you have type 2 diabetes or insulin resistance, talk to your doctor before taking apple cider vinegar in any amount.