HERE’S THE DECIDER – VINEGAR CAN AID WEIGHT LOSS
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.