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Goli exploded into the gummy galaxy in 2019, announcing the “world’s first apple cider vinegar gummy.” Based out of California, with their striking, minimal ruby red bottles, Goli became something of a gummy heavyweight overnight.
Having always been huge Apple Cider Vinegarettes ourselves, we were very excited to see a new dimension opening up in the gummiverse. ACV in a gummy! What a world.
So of course we pounced on these immediately, with a burning curiosity: What are these all about? Do Goli Apple Cider Vinegar gummies actually work?
What Is Apple Cider Vinegar?
But first, if apple cider vinegar as a lifestyle choice hasn’t been on your radar, it’s time to get to know it! Apple Cider Vinegar is a fascinating lil’ stew of healthy yeasts, beneficial bacteria, and acetic acid.
It’s made through a two-step fermentation process, developing a “symbiotic culture of yeast and bacteria” called The Mother.
The Mother biologically metabolizes the sugars and alcohols produced during fermentation, generating a whole ton of good stuff. If you’re familiar at all with kombucha, it’s a similar type of thing. Wild, huh?
And there are a number of fascinating benefits to supplementing with vinegar: primarily blood sugar control1, weight loss and cholesterol rebalancing2, and potentially lowering blood pressure3.*
Apple Cider Vinegar is made from, you guessed it, apples, which also gives it some special qualities that other vinegars don’t necessarily have, like the antioxidant quercetin.
But here’s the thing, Apple Cider Vinegar tastes crazy. It’s vinegar, obviously, so it’s extremely sour and acidic, but ACV has a particularly murky, fermented, potently weird flavor. It can be an acquired taste, but it’s so intense.
So even if you like the taste, and even if you’re dedicated to taking a shot or two a day, it can be hard to keep this up for very long before you’re wincing every time you open the bottle.
Goli Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies
Dehydration to the rescue! Apple Cider Vinegar pills and ACV gummies are made with dehydrated vinegar, which retains most of the beneficial ingredients, but is much, much easier to ingest.
And with gummies in particular, there’s an opportunity to turn what was once a painful ritual into a delicious, synergetic one, loading up with flavors and other complementary ingredients.
And this is what Goli has done:
Alongside the 500 mg of Apple Cider Vinegar in each serving, which Goli claims is equal to one shot of liquid Apple Cider Vinegar, there’s a number of other vitamins and superfoods packed into these gummies, all of which have additional potential benefits: pomegranate, beetroot, citrus extracts, vitamin B12 & B9, and pectin (yes! these are vegan, using pectin instead of gelatin, which comes with its own benefits). Plus the Goli gummies are gluten free and non-GMO.
And: these taste amazing. What an improvement over drinking Apple Cider Vinegar! And remember, that’s coming from some die-hard vinegar chuggers here.
Do Goli Gummies have the Mother?
Yes! Goli Gummies contain the Mother. Some people claim that the Mother is the motherlode of the beneficial ingredients in Apple Cider Vinegar, although we’re unaware of any studies that compare Apple Cider Vinegar with & without the mother.
Either way, Goli claims their gummies are made with pure, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar + the Mother. Which is something a lot of other Apple Cider Vinegar gummies do too, but not all of them!
Do Goli Gummies Work?
The answer to this question is going to depend on exactly why you’re taking them.
We can personally attest that these help curb our appetite and give some gentle support to our digestion processes overall. And looking at Goli Apple Cider Vinegar Gummy reviews around the internet, it seems like most people report having a similar experience.
If you’re looking to lose weight, just be aware that while these might give you a helpful boost in that direction, ultimately there are so many other factors involved, like your overall diet, calories, and activity levels, etc. that it’s going to be hard to pin any success or failure on any one thing. Don’t expect miracles if you’re just popping Goli gummies and not making any other lifestyle changes.
But these can be super helpful in both satiating your sweet tooth and curbing cravings, while getting a little dose of probiotics, antioxidants, B vitamins, and superfoods all at the same time.
We figure they’re cheap enough that it’s worth experimenting with a bottle or two of these to see how they work for you at least once!
If you really want to run your own experiment, maybe pick up a bottle of ACV (we like Bragg’s Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar), and try taking a tablespoon or two daily for a month. If you find that helpful, switch to the Goli gummies and see if you have the same experience. Science!
So, ultimately, these are a great way to take a highly beneficial vinegar that is too often quite literally difficult to stomach. The flavor is great, and they gave us the results we were looking for, with a handful of additional vitamins & superfoods.
The only downside is that these are not remotely as cost-effective as just holding your nose and drinking the stuff. We definitely recommend Apple Cider Vinegar in gummy form, not just for the taste, but also to avoid the harshness and acidity of ACV on your teeth and stomach. But we’d be remiss not to note that buying your own vinegar is probably the smartest, pennywise.
We can’t help it though. These are like candy to us.
- Brighenti, F et al. “Effect of neutralized and native vinegar on blood glucose and acetate responses to a mixed meal in healthy subjects.” European journal of clinical nutrition vol. 49,4 (1995): 242-7.
- Kondo, Tomoo et al. “Vinegar intake reduces body weight, body fat mass, and serum triglyceride levels in obese Japanese subjects.” Bioscience, biotechnology, and biochemistry vol. 73,8 (2009): 1837-43. doi:10.1271/bbb.90231
- Na, Lixin et al. “Vinegar decreases blood pressure by down-regulating AT1R expression via the AMPK/PGC-1α/PPARγ pathway in spontaneously hypertensive rats.” European journal of nutrition vol. 55,3 (2016): 1245-53. doi:10.1007/s00394-015-0937-7