(WXYZ) – There’s been a lot of hype around apple cider vinegar as a reliable weight loss tonic, but does it work?
There are a few studies where people added apple cider vinegar to their diet and had positive outcomes.
A 2009 study with 175 obese Japanese participants found those who consumed vinegar ended up with a smaller waist measurement, less visceral fat and lower body weight.
But the weight loss was very modest, ranging between 2 and 4 pounds over a 12-week period. Another study in 2013 found apple cider vinegar worked as an appetite suppressant in 16 people. But that was because the participants felt nauseated from the vinegar.
There is research that suggests vinegar may help people with type 2 diabetes or are pre-diabetic Vinegar’s main component is acetic acid and this may help to prevent blood sugar from spiking when combined with starchy foods. And this may also help with appetite control.
There are some concerns with apple cider vinegar so here are my prescriptions:
- Apple cider vinegar can lower potassium levels if taken with certain drugs or supplements. Please talk to your doctor first especially if you take diuretics and insulin.
- Don’t drink apple cider vinegar alone. It’s very acidic and could irritate your throat, damage your teeth or your stomach lining.
- Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a large glass of water and drink it before you eat. Or mix it with oil to make a salad dressing.
- The healthy way to lose weight is to burn more calories than you eat. Exercise daily and eat mostly vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean protein.
Any vinegar can be used like white distilled vinegar, pomegranate vinegar or red and white wine vinegars. Balsamic and wine vinegars are a part of the Mediterranean diet which is associated with a healthy heart and a lower risk of dementia. Consuming it prior to eating will help the most.
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