You Should Try This Weight Loss Elixir
- posted by Nena
We’ve heard for years that drinking apple cider vinegar can help you lose weight, but there’s never been much research to support the claim. That is, until now. Turns out, sipping on apple cider vinegar (often called ACV) before a meal may help lower your blood sugar. Study participants who drank a tablespoon of ACV mixed with 8 ounces of water prior to eating had lower blood glucose levels compared to participants who didn’t consume the tart solution. Acetic acid, the main component in vinegar, may interfere with the body’s ability to digest starch.
Still, most mainstream dietitians remain skeptical of ACV’s weight-loss power, saying more evidence is needed. But as long as you don’t have a problem tolerating high-acid foods (like GERD or indigestion), drinking apple cider vinegar won’t hurt you. Thinking of giving it a try? Here’s how.
Get the right vinegar
You don’t actually have to limit yourself to ACV, since all vinegars contain acetic acid. Wine vinegars have a smoother taste, but even white distilled vinegar works. Just look for one whose label says 5% acidity, which is what you’ll find in most cooking and salad vinegars. (Avoid pickling vinegars, which have a higher acid content.)
Have just a little
Consuming too much acetic acid can hurt your throat. A tablespoon of vinegar mixed with 8 ounces of water and taken before a meal is a safe dose. And if the idea of drinking vinegar turns your stomach, try drizzling the same amount over a salad. That’ll help fill you up and give you vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.
Don’t expect miracles
Even though it can help block some starch from being absorbed, drinking vinegar isn’t a free pass to eat the entire sleeve of cookies. This isn’t going to help you lose 5 pounds in a week. To notice a difference, you’ll have to look 3 or 4 months down the road.