For centuries, vinegar has been used for various household and cooking purposes.
It is also an ancient folk remedy, claimed to help with all sorts of health problems.
The most popular vinegar in the natural health community is Apple Cider Vinegar.
It is claimed to lead to all sorts of benefits, some of which are supported by science.
This includes weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and improved symptoms of diabetes. My recommendation is to save your vinegar for the next time you decide to clean your windows or decorate Easter eggs. If you do feel compelled to try it out, keep in mind that apple cider vinegar is highly acidic, so you should dilute it with water or juice before swallowing. Although the risk is low if you stick to consuming small amounts, straight apple cider vinegar can damage your teeth or the tissue of your mouth and throat.
Although there is a lack of evidence at this time to support the role of apple cider vinegar as a weight-loss tool or treatment for chronic diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, it is considered safe to consume in reasonable amounts.
One study conducted had obese subjects consume either 0, 15, or 30mL vinegar (0, 750mg, 1,500mg Acetic Acid; respectively) in a double blind manner (placebo had added lactate to match taste). Weight loss was noted in a dose-dependent manner, and increased throughout the duration of the study. No difference in food intake was noted, and average weight loss in 12 weeks appeared to be 1.2 kg for the 15-mL group and 1.9 kg for the 30-mL group, with both groups regaining some weight 4 weeks after cessation. It was theorized that this was due to increased fat oxidation enzymes from AMPK. Just keep in mind that you should never drink apple cider vinegar straight as it can burn your esophagus. Instead, mix one tablespoon with 8 ounces of water.
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