Daily Fit 06/13/2019: Apple Cider Vinegar For Weight Loss?
Health Tip Of The Day: Apple cider vinegar has some health benefits, but it’s not a magic pill for weight loss. Drinking too much of it could also damage your teeth.
If you follow health trends like it’s your job, you’ve likely already encountered the hype that surrounds apple cider vinegar. Advocates say that drinking 1 or 2 tablespoons of this presumably “magic” substance each day can help you lose weight by suppressing your appetite, stimulating digestion and burning fat. But is this really true and should you actually be taking a shot or two of apple cider vinegar every morning to rev your metabolism? We have the answers.
The Health Benefits
1. Apple cider vinegar is lower in calories compared to other popular vinegar varieties. The compound in apple cider vinegar believed to have beneficial effects on health is acetic acid, which is actually found in all commercial vinegar including red-wine and balsamic varieties. However, apple cider vinegar does have fewer calories per serving compared to most other varieties — with approximately three calories per tablespoon.
2. There’s a small chance it could aid with weight loss. Sipping apple cider vinegar isn’t a weight loss cure-all by any means. However, one small study found it shows some promise. When obese adults in Japan were given apple cider vinegar to drink they had lower weight, BMIs and body fat percentages after 12 weeks compared to people who didn’t drink the vinegar.
3. It could have other health benefits that aren’t related to weight loss. In some animal-based studies, apple cider vinegar has been shown to lower triglycerides, improve cholesterol levels and decrease fat storage in the liver. One study published in the Journal of Functional Foods found that participants with Type 2 diabetes who drank 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar twice a day had lower blood sugar levels after a 12-week period compared to the control group who didn’t drink the vinegar. This has led some to believe the substance may also help control blood sugar and insulin levels.
Like most acidic foods and beverages, the acidity of apple cider vinegar can harm your precious tooth enamel. If you choose to drink apple cider vinegar, dilute it with water to protect your teeth and don’t let it sit in your mouth for too long. Tap through for more pros and cons of drinking apple cider vinegar. [EatingWell]
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