Side Effects of Vinegar

Vinegar has many health benefits with some minor side effects. While side effects usually occur in harsher vinegars like while distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar, they can also occur in mild vinegars like balsamic and red wine.

What Causes Side Effects?

Most side effects from taking vinegar come from the high acidic content, usually 5 percent or more. Users should look for vinegars with a lower acidic level.

Burning Sensation in Throat

A common side effect from taking vinegar is a burning sensation in the throat and esophagus. It usually goes away in a few minutes.

Potassium Loss

While not fully proven, there is evidence that long-term use of apple cider vinegar could cause low levels of potassium, which could affect diabetics using insulin. Given the many health benefits of vinegar, diabetics should consult their doctor or use apple cider vinegar in moderation.

Wear on Tooth Enamel

The acidic level of vinegar can have an adverse effect on tooth enamel; when taken in large quantities over an extended period of time, vinegar will erode enamel. To prevent this, vinegar should be diluted in another liquid, and users should brush their teeth after use.


In some rare cases, vinegar can cause indigestion. It can be avoided by not taking it alone; it should be mixed with liquid or food.