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Best Apple Cider Vinegar? Beware of Poison!

— ConsumerLab.com Tests Reveal the Best and Worst Apple Cider Vinegars and Pills and Why Some Could Be Dangerous —
White Plains, New York, January 21, 2018 — Apple cider vinegar is promoted as a safe and natural remedy for everything from lowering blood sugar and losing weight to improving digestion and treating infections. But does it really work, and if so, which apple cider vinegar products on the market are best?

To find out, ConsumerLab.com recently tested popular bottled apple cider vinegars and apple cider vinegar supplements sold in the U.S., checking to see whether the products contained real apple cider vinegar, were not contaminated with lead, cadmium or arsenic, and to determine how much acetic acid they contained. Acetic acid is thought to be responsible for some of apple cider vinegar's effects — but too much acetic acid can be dangerous. In fact, products containing more than 20% acetic acid must be labeled as poison.

The tests revealed that while the liquid vinegars were generally of high quality, the concentration of acetic acid in pills ranged enormously from just 0.4% to over 30% of the vinegar powder in the pills, causing some to be considered poison.

Among the products that passed all tests, ConsumerLab.com identified its Top Picks, indicating high quality and value. The findings are now available online in ConsumerLab.com's Apple Cider Vinegar (Bottle Liquids and Pills) Review. The Review includes the clinical evidence for or against apple cider vinegar, discusses dosage, safety concerns and potential side effects, and provides tips on what to look for on labels and the best way to take apple cider vinegar liquids and pills.

Products covered in the Review include six popular bottled apple cider vinegars and six apple cider vinegar tablets or capsules, 10 of which were selected for testing by ConsumerLab.com and two of which passed the same testing through CL's voluntary Quality Certification Program. The products are Bragg Organic Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar, Havasu Nutrition Apple Cider Vinegar, Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar, Herbal Secrets Apple Cider Vinegar, Market Pantry [Target] Apple Cider Vinegar, Nature's Life Apple Cider Vinegar, Nutricost Apple Cider Vinegar, PipingRock.com Mega Potency Apple Cider Vinegar, Swanson Certified Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother, Swanson Ultra High Potency Apple Cider Vinegar, Viva Naturals Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and White House Organic Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar.

Founded in 1999, ConsumerLab.com is a leading provider of consumer information and independent evaluations of products that affect health and nutrition. Membership to ConsumerLab.com is available online and provides immediate access to reviews of more than 1,000 products from over 400 brands. The company is privately held and based in Westchester, New York. It has no ownership from, or interest in, companies that manufacture, distribute, or sell consumer products



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