Is apple cider vinegar really a “magic pill” for weight loss?
Chances are your grandmother used apple cider vinegar to help with cleaning, killing bacteria, disinfecting, treating nail fungus, lice, warts, even ear infections. Some have even used it to treat acne.
Even more importantly, apple cider vinegar has been shown to have numerous benefits for blood sugar and insulin levels, making it a great daily addition for people with diabetes, pre-diabetes and anyone who wants to keep their blood sugar levels low.
Several recent studies have even shown that apple cider vinegar can lower cholesterol and improve heart health. Other studies even show that apple cider vinegar may help protect us from cancer, although that research has not been conclusive.
Who would have thought that such an everyday food staple could have such a profound effect on our lives?
So is it true that apple cider vinegar also helps with weight loss, as some would have you believe?
Surprisingly, it does, and this has even been proven by numerous studies.
- A Swedish study showed that when testers consumed vinegar with a meal, they reported feeling fuller after eating compared to those who did not have vinegar. Put simply, vinegar makes you feel full sooner and therefore helps you decrease the amount of food you eat.
- It is not simply a question about feeling fuller. UK research shows that acetic acid in vinegar can stop your junk food cravings and help you better control your appetite.
- A study by Carol Johnston from Arizona State University shows that drinking apple cider vinegar before a carbohydrate-filled meal can reduce blood sugar spikes that would usually occur after eating.
- Her study also shows that the acetic acid in vinegar can affect how the food we eat is digested. In short, it may prevent some of the starches we eat from being absorbed into the bloodstream, decreasing the calorie intake from our food.
- It gets even better, a 2009 double-blind placebo-controlled study in Japan showed that regular apple cider vinegar intake can decrease abdominal fat.
However, the problem is that all of these health benefits would require you to take at least 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar every day. The problem is not just in the taste, but taking apple cider vinegar directly might also damage your teeth and throat.
Luckily, you can now get all the power and benefits of apple cider vinegar in CiderFit STRONG - that means a delicious taste but without bad side effects on your enamel or stomach.