Apple Cider Vinegar: Uses, Health Benefits and FAQ - Ted's Q&A

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Improving the Taste

Posted by J on 06/23/2007

Hello, is there a way to improve the taste of Apple Cider vinegar without compromising the effectiveness or benefits it would provide? I hear that you can put honey in it, but wouldn't that increase the calorie content? I hear that Baking soda can be added to lessen the acidity but is it safe ingesting baking soda? I tried drinking apple cider vinegar with water but I couldn't get past the taste. Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions!

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
383 posts

Some people like me don't like the smell of ACV. That is actually the acetate portion. Some kids like them when you add baking soda, and it reduces the smell and taste because of the fizz.

For me, I make a chemical analogue, in case I don't like the ACV, by mixing some malic acid (1/8 teaspoon), sodium acetate (1/8 teaspoon) and baking soda 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon in 1/2 glass of water and take some vitamin C sodium ascorbate (usually 1/8 teaspoon too) in 1/2 glass of water. The problem about this is obtaining them, and the time consuming tasks of mixing them.

The other simpler way is just take the lemon and baking soda, while it has different benefits, mostly is more effective in normalizing pH and ORP (antioxidant), it won't have the malic portions which helps increase the body's energy. Of course just doing the lemon and baking soda plus eating apples is one other way, but again that doesn't resolve the missing "acetate" portion, which helps the body reduce the lactic acidosis by allowing the body to rid of them more efficiently. The workaround is white distilled vinegar 1/2 tablespoon plus 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, if you can stand the smell of white distilled vinegar! All these are just too complicated for most people, but for me I do that, but not everyday.

Often the best way most people do is just cover the smell of the entire thing by adding fruit juice or honey, if of course, you don't mind the sugar found in the fruit juice, which tends to be acid forming and our diets is already high in fructose as it is from the fast food and prepared foods. The only way to reduce the sugar, is to drink plenty of water, since in the urine, a sugar of 2% is normal. So if drinking plenty of water so the sugar is reduced to 2%, than the blood sugar is not affected. For example, 1 tablespoon of black strap mollasses in one full glass of water, is more or less about 2% so its effect on blood sugar is minimal.