You’ve no doubt seen plenty of stories on your Facebook or Pinterest feed touting apple cider vinegar as a fat-melting elixir that can help you lose weight. But does it actually work?
Sure, I personally swear by it but whether ACV will really help you squeeze into smaller size isn’t quite so straightforward. Here’s what the science actually says, and whether the liquid deserves to be a part of your weight loss regimen.
Weight Loss :
Studies show that overweight people who drank apple cider vinegar has significant weight loss at a faster rate than people who doesn’t. It clears out the extra bloat & drains out the excessive water retention of the body. It works wonders on the visceral fat tissues & helps in attainting a flat tummy.
Lower Blood Sugar :
ACV can help someone with diabetes control the amount of glucose in their blood after a meal as well as their HbA1c, a measure of “average” blood sugar for past 3 months. A couple of teaspoons in water or food at mealtime works best. High blood sugar overtime can lead to cardiac, renal, eye & brain disorders.
Insulin Control :
Vinegar can also help keep insulin levels lower after meals. Your cells need this hormone to take glucose from the blood inside the cells to use for energy. But too much insulin released too often can make your body less sensitive to it – a condition called insulin resistance that can lead to type 2 diabetes mellitus or make it worse.
Fighting Germs :
ACV or any vinegar will kill some germs because of the acetic acid content in it. It works best in your food to clean up the bacteria lingering on the raw foods.
Healthy Gut :
ACV helps in enhancing the gut microbiota (the bacteria in the stomach) to increase the number of good microbes and overcome the bad microbes. It also works on the lining of the stomach & aid in better digestion.
Protect Your Cells :
The polyphenols found in fruits protects the cells from damage linked to cancer and other diseases. Similarly, apple cider vinegar (initiated from apple juice) can do the same job for you.
To conclude, Apple Cider Vinegar does give you a significant weight loss with other added benefits that takes care of overall health as mentioned above. However, counting on it alone wouldn’t give you positive results, you’ll have to work your diet & exercise regime wholly & follow it consistently throughout the day.