Off the Wagon

September 26th, 2012 | Posted by Erica House in Health

Don’t worry I didn’t take up tanning, smoking or fast food again.

I am happily announcing that I am falling (more like running and screaming) off  the Apple Cider Vinegar Bandwagon.

I’m fairly certain Tosca Reno is one of the originators for the current Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) craze. Her article discussing the tummy flattening, anti-bloating and overall awesome perks of drinking ACV was convincing enough for me to start incorporating it into my daily routine. I saw Brittney doing it over at Eating Bird Food and after doing my own reserach on WebMD decided there was enough scientifically sound evidence supporting the benefits and I should at least try it for a week and see how it goes.

Well, it’s been a week and I can hardly even look at this photo Matt took of me drinking some while we were out this weekend without wanting to vomit.

I will say I don’t have a super sensitive stomach. My gag reflex is almost non-existent (insert inappropriate joke here) and if anyone could handle taking swigs of vinegar it should be me. I tried it in ice cold water, in hot water, in lemonade. I added truvia, honey and everything else that could reasonably distract me enough from the pain of drinking vinegar.

It all tasted like shit.

Granted, I could get past that if I saw amazing results from it. Alas, my stomach is no flatter now then it was a week ago, my usual stomach indigestion problems are still kindly reminding me of their presence on a routine basis and I think I’ve come down with a cold (totally unrelated I’m sure but it was also supposed to help boost immunity).

Given the lack of any benefit whatsoever I’m done.

Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Have you ever tried a health fad and had it backfire?

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31 Responses

  • Melanie says:

    Thanks for posting this! One less thing I’m ever going to be tempted to try. I will just eat the apples instead. ;-)

  • I’m always skeptical when someone touts the miracle ability of a single product. Usually a healthy, toned figure is the result of a great overall diet and exercise no matter how you look at it. Also some healthy foods produce gas and bloating because they’re digested in the intestinal tract and colon. It will pass. Kudos on the self-experimentation and for sharing your experience.

    • Erica House says:

      I always enjoy trying new fads out because as a research scientist I am so critical of the claims/benefits of the products. I’m willing to give anything a shot (within reason) and am cautiously optimistic. On to the next experiment!

  • Lauren says:

    I had heard similar reports about Apple Cider Vinegar was super-helpful for the immune system, but I can’t imagine drinking it. It sounds horrible!

    • Erica House says:

      I’ve got to admit – I may still try to drink it on occasion, but I’ll probably cut it down to 1 Tablespoon. I wish I could just take a shot of it and be done with it but it’s really harsh on the throat :(

  • I am happy to hear an honest review of this fad. I’ve tried it a few times and just couldnt stomach it. Sooo intensely yucky! Thanks for the honesty ;)

    • Erica House says:

      I feel better now that I’m not the only one who failed this fad! I wanted to like it so much but I’m starting to think some of the others who claim to be totally okay with it are just trying to deceive themselves!

  • Heather says:

    This made me laugh, because I did the same thing! I tried apple cider vinegar for about 2 weeks (and like you, I’ve got no gag reflex and am not easily grossed out), but I hated it! I dreaded drinking it; the taste was just awful and I felt queasy afterwards. And I didn’t notice any benefits, so I quit. Thanks for sharing — I feel better about my failed experiment now :)

    • Erica House says:

      Lol I’m happy to help commiserate in others experimental health failures :) I’m forcing myself to finish the bottle at least so it’s not wasted but I don’t anticipate my sentiments toward the drink improving in the slightest!

  • Jennifer Pearson says:

    Funny thing — I actually LIKE the taste of ACV & honey mixed in water.

    • Erica House says:

      I try not to use honey since I’m so against drinking calories but I did try just 1 Tablespoon in a huge glass of ice water this morning and it was way better. I’d rather do 2 of those a day then 1 that makes me gag. The cheapskate in me is going to make myself drink them until the bottle of ACV is gone and I’ll do another update then!

  • I’m so thankful that you’re being honest! I think many people just pretend they’re into the ACV thing! I can honestly say, I can tolerate it but haven’t noticed any dramatic benefits from it.

    One craze I am NOT about is coconut water. I have tried different brands, different flavors and have YET to discover one that I actually enjoy. Therefore – I stopped trying!

    • Erica House says:

      I still haven’t tried coconut water and it’s another thing that I’m 99% certain I won’t like (given my aversion to coconut flavored anything) but I bet I’ll still try it at some point. I’m so gullible for health fads!

  • I’ve taken it before to help when I’m sick and I agree, it’s freaking disgusting. I put 2 Tbsp in a giant jug of water with honey. Someone told me it would taste like apple cider. It didn’t, but it was the only way I could tolerate it!

    • Erica House says:

      Lol – I think we need to start a campaign against the lies of ACV! Maybe I won’t even bother finishing off the bottle and save it for when I’m under the weather (I’m just looking for ways to justify stopping this madness now!)

  • I think I’ll just stick to using apple cider vinegar in my salad dressings!

    • Erica House says:

      I thought about using it on my steamed broccoli instead of lemon juice but I’m so grossed out by the taste now it may be a while before I try that!

  • I drink it, but not 2 tablespoons. I do 1/2 tablespoon twice a day.

    • Erica House says:

      I tried just 1 tb in about 12 oz of water this morning and it was WAY better. I’ll keep at that for a little while longer and see if it helps!

  • I had the smell of apple cider vinegar so I would definitely be gagging if I drank that. xo

    • Erica House says:

      I came home last night and poor Matt had one of his Apple Cider Beers with dinner and I instantly smelled it on him! I hugged him and spastically backed away asking where the heck that vinegar smell was coming from – it’s haunting me everywhere I go!

  • Yikes. I’m glad to hear that you’re not forcing that down anymore!

  • Haha I couldn’t help but laugh because my ex boyfriend is the one that turned me on to ACV (which is weird, he was so not into health things) and at first I was totally doing the plug-my-nose and drink thing…. but now, I honestly LIKE the taste. I only put like 1 tbsp in a giant glass of ice water, so it’s not strong, but I actually LIKE it!!! I know that’s crazy. I promise, I’m not a crazy person (ok, maybe a little) but yeah I don’t notice a lot of huge benefits. It just helps me drink more water!

    • Erica House says:

      Lol – I appreciate your ability to presume I’m going to think you are a crazy liar for saying you like it. I did try my first glass with just 1 Tbs and it was significantly better. I was just an idiot trying to chug 2 Tbs at once!

  • Kammie says:

    I actually started drinking it, not really seeing flatter belly but I’m drinking it for easier digestion. And I actually like the flavor ahah. I’m gonna write up a post next week about ACV I’m gonna link you in it :)

    • Erica House says:

      Have you noticed it improving your digestion at all? To be honest that’s the main reason why I tried it and I didn’t notice any improvements or I’d definitely stick with it.
      Can’t wait to read your post on it!

  • cal says:

    How much of it am i supposed to drink daily to notice benefit?

  • Jen says:

    this is hilarious. love this post! some things are just not worth it!!!