Should I drink apple cider vinegar straight?
No. You shouldn’t drink apple cider vinegar straight. This is one of the most important things to consider when taking apple cider vinegar for health. Apple cider vinegar is highly acidic substance containing around 5% - 6% acetic acid.3 Drinking it neat (undiluted) can cause damage to the enamel of your teeth. That’s the hard, protective coating our teeth have which, once worn away, doesn’t grow back. It can also burn the oesophagus if regularly consumed undiluted, as the delicate skin here is not designed for strongly acidic substances (unlike the tougher stomach lining).
This is why, when we vomit, the strong stomach acids leave a burning sensation on our throat tissues. Always dilute your apple cider vinegar in water, around 250ml for two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. You can also add it to herbal teas and smoothies to further disguise the taste. Remember, you can add apple cider vinegar to salad dressings, sauces, vinaigrettes and marinades. Some people drink drinks containing apple cider vinegar through a straw to minimise the liquid’s contact with teeth. Always rinse your mouth with water after drinking apple cider vinegar to ensure there isn’t any reside lingering in your mouth, which could pose a threat to your tooth enamel.