HERE’S THE DE­CIDER – VINE­GAR CAN AID WEIGHT LOSS

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An ap­ple a day keeps the doc­tor away – or so the say­ing goes. How­ever, when it comes to weight loss, it’s ap­ple cider vine­gar that is touted as the quick-fix and se­cret to shed­ding pounds – and fast. Celebs in­clud­ing Vic­to­ria Beck­ham have re­port­edly re­lied on the “diet hack” to keep their trim fig­ures in check. But, what’s the truth? Can ap­ple cider vine­gar re­ally help weight loss? Health­ista nu­tri­tion­ist Rick Hay said it can – and it’s all down to the fact it helps bal­ance blood sugar lev­els. He said: “It can re­duce blood sugar spikes after eat­ing, which could con­trib­ute to cravings and help con­trol ap­petite. “It may also help fat break­down. In 2009, a dou­ble-blind, placebo-con­trolled study was done in­ves­ti­gat­ing the ef­fects of ap­ple cider vine­gar in­take on body weight and ab­dom­i­nal fat in 175 obese Ja­panese sub­jects. “This was the first study to show that continuous vine­gar in­take re­duced body weight, BMI and body fat mass.” The key in­gre­di­ent is acetic acid, which dis­solves in the body to make ac­etate and hy­dro­gen. Stud­ies in an­i­mals have shown acetic acid can help you lose weight in lots of ways, as it low­ers blood sugar lev­els, de­creases in­sulin lev­els, im­proves me­tab­o­lism, re­duces fat stor­age, burns fat, sup­presses ap­petite and makes you feel fuller for longer.

BUT IS IT GOOD FOR YOU?

Ap­ple cider vine­gar has also been found to slow the rate at which food leaves your stom­ach, which can help you feel fuller for longer. But it can also cause prob­lems for peo­ple with gas­tro­pare­sis that is of­ten caused by dam­age to the va­gus nerve that tells you when you’re hun­gry. The con­di­tion means the stom­ach can’t empty of food prop­erly. Den­tists have also warned vine­gar can be bad for your teeth be­cause it is acidic.

HOW SHOULD YOU TAKE IT?

Mr Hay rec­om­mends: “Try and take one to three ta­ble­spoons ev­ery day, ideally be­fore meal­times in a lit­tle wa­ter to help di­ges­tion if it’s a lit­tle slug­gish.”

SO WHAT’S THE VER­DICT?

It seems that the ev­i­dence does stack up and it could help you lose weight – but only as part of a healthy, bal­anced diet with reg­u­lar ex­er­cise.

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