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I Tried Apple Cider Vinegar Shots For 30 Days—Here's What Happened

Prevention Logo By Stephanie Booth of Prevention | Slide 2 of 5: The folks at Ethan’s, a Boulder, Colorado-based company that creates ACV elixirs in various flavors, were kind enough to provide me with a month’s supply of flavored apple cider vinegar "shots" (four teaspoons if you want to try this at home). The first one I try is turmeric apple, which has a peppery zing that's far more appealing than straight-up vinegar. (Plus, the curcumin in pepper has anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties.) In fact, it's so tasty that I'm wishing I could pour it into a pint glass and sip it at dinner rather than make do with one shot. (Psst! Here are 5 health and beauty benefits of turmeric.)Within hours of my first "dose," something even stranger happens. My cravings for sugar (which are legendary) disappear. (Here are 15 painless ways to crush your sugar cravings for good.) Completely. Coming from someone who regularly has chocolate for breakfast—not to mention all the other meals—this is no small feat. By the end of the week, my taste for sugar is all but eliminated. I bite into a fresh apple and it tastes sickeningly sweet to me; I can't even finish it.Curious as to why this has happened, I talk to Katie Rankell, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at UC Irvine Medical Center.“Acetic acid found in vinegar has been shown to lower blood sugar and aid in a feeling of fullness,” she explains. “It lowers blood sugar by reducing the absorption of carbohydrates.”In other words, so far ACV's living up to the hype.

Week 1

The folks at Ethan’s, a Boulder, Colorado-based company that creates ACV elixirs in various flavors, were kind enough to provide me with a month’s supply of flavored apple cider vinegar "shots" (four teaspoons if you want to try this at home). The first one I try is turmeric apple, which has a peppery zing that's far more appealing than straight-up vinegar. (Plus, the curcumin in pepper has anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties.) In fact, it's so tasty that I'm wishing I could pour it into a pint glass and sip it at dinner rather than make do with one shot. (Psst! Here are 5 health and beauty benefits of turmeric.)

Within hours of my first "dose," something even stranger happens. My cravings for sugar (which are legendary) disappear. (Here are 15 painless ways to crush your sugar cravings for good.) Completely. Coming from someone who regularly has chocolate for breakfast—not to mention all the other meals—this is no small feat. By the end of the week, my taste for sugar is all but eliminated. I bite into a fresh apple and it tastes sickeningly sweet to me; I can't even finish it.

Curious as to why this has happened, I talk to Katie Rankell, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at UC Irvine Medical Center.

“Acetic acid found in vinegar has been shown to lower blood sugar and aid in a feeling of fullness,” she explains. “It lowers blood sugar by reducing the absorption of carbohydrates.”

In other words, so far ACV's living up to the hype.

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