Apple cider vinegar has been used for centuries as a cooking ingredient as well as an ancient remedy for various health problems. While some health claims are a little… hopeful, plenty have been confirmed by science. Here are some of the proven benefits of apple cider vinegar, should you be looking to shave off some of the winter fat:
Helps fight diabetes
One of the most successful applications of vinegar to date is with regard to type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is characterised by high blood sugar levels, via an insulin resistance or an inability to produce insulin. High blood sugar can also present problems in people who don’t have diabetes too; it is believed to be a major cause of aging and various other diseases.
You can moderate your blood sugar by avoiding refined carbs and sugar in general, but apple cider vinegar can also help. It improves insulin sensitivity by between 19 and 34% and significantly lowers blood glucose and insulin responses. It can also reduce fasting blood sugars by 4% if you have 2 tablespoons before bed.
It can help you lose weight by making you feel full
Studies have shown that consuming vinegar can increase satiety, eat less and gradually lead to losing weight. Along with eating high-carb meals (sans refined carbs, of course) can increase feelings of fullness and result in 200-275 calories less per day. One study in obese participants found that daily vinegar consumption led to reduced belly fat, waist circumference, lower blood triglycerides as well as general weight loss.
Although, it’s worth mentioning that to get a noticeable effect on your weight you need to combine several effective elements of your diet and your lifestyle. Unfortunately there isn’t one wonderfood that will help you slim down for summer in a matter of weeks.