Not long ago, apple cider vinegar was credited with curing everything from the flu to warts. Many of its benefits are unproven, but some experts think that adding a little of this sour condiment to your life may indeed have some health benefits. Apple cider vinegar is a fermented liquid made from apples
Apple cider vinegar and weight loss
A study looking at the weight loss benefits of apple cider vinegar was recently done in Japan. In the study, 175 obese but healthy people took either vinegar or water daily for 12 weeks. Their diets were similar and they kept food journals. At the end of the study, those who used vinegar had lost slightly more weight. On average, the vinegar group lost 1-2 pounds over the 3-month period. The researchers suggest that the vinegar may activate certain genes involved in breaking down fats.
Apple cider vinegar and blood sugar
Furthermore, apple cider vinegar does appear to help with blood sugar control. Apple cider vinegar has an anti-glycemic effect and blocks some of the digestion of starch. However, if you are being treated for diabetes by a doctor, you shouldn’t swap your medication for vinegar.
Tips on taking apple cider vinegar
Don’t drink apple cider vinegar straight
The acidity could harm your tooth enamel
Sip it at mealtimes Dilute 1 to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a big glass of water and enjoy it with food
Make a salad dressing with apple cider vinegar
Mix 2 tbsp/30ml of apple cider vinegar with fresh herbs (such as basil or oregano), lemon juice and a clove of garlic in a food processor.