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An apple a day keeps the doctor away. But does Apple Cider Vinegar keep the weight at bay?
Looking for a shortcut to lose those extra kilos you put on? And believe me, if you go on the internet, the first thing you might read is ‘how Apple Cider Vinegar can help you lose weight!’
Trust me when I say I know exactly how believable these articles sound.
However, with all the craze around Apple Cider Vinegar which allegedly not only helps in losing weight but can help reduce blood sugar to even getting rid of acne – I know just really how overwhelming it can all be. Apple Cider Vinegar also known as ACV is making waves all over the web these days!
But does it really help with weight-loss or is that just a marketing gimmick?
Even though drinking Apple Cider Vinegar has been a weight losing tactic for centuries, there is very less scientific evidence backing this theory.
Most of the research that has been conducted to examine the theory on the relationship between ACV and weight-loss has mainly been tested on mice or rats. Studies have proven that the main component of ACV is capable of suppressing body fat accumulation and metabolic disorders in obese rats. But then again, we are humans and not rodents, so we really can’t conclusively rely on these findings.
The fact is that none of the articles which claim that ACV can help you lose weight have any proper backing to uphold their claim. A recent study including 14 people showed that those who had a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with eight ounces of water before a meal had lower glucose levels. The reason behind this could be that vinegar interfered with the body’s digestion of starch. And blocking digestion of starch results in calorie reduction of your meal. So, we could say that’s where these weight-loss claims come from as an indicative data.
In simpler terms, don’t depend on Apple Cider Vinegar when healthy eating and a few hours in the gym or even a power walk outdoors could easily do the job. Don’t go overboard with ACV, as they say ‘too much of anything isn’t good for anyone’, so neither will too much of ACV will do you any good.
In reality, more scientific trials needs to be conducted to prove any cause and effect between vinegar and weight. But, if you are hell bent on making it a part of your diet then don’t mix more than one or two teaspoons of it in water or some other beverage to dilute the acidity. But definitely don’t chug it directly!
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