An ancient remedy used for its cleansing properties, apple cider vinegar became popular in the U.S. in the 1950’s. A remedy for everything from high cholesterol, to the common cold, heart problems and weight loss, this natural product has been recorded in history all the way back to 5000 BC, when the Babylonians used it to preserve food, and wine. Also known as cider vinegar, or ACV this type of vinegar is made from apple must or cider and has an amber color. Unpasteurized, organic ACV will contain mother of vinegar with can make the vinegar look slightly congealed. A common ingredient in dressings, marinades, vinaigrettes and other things, it’s made by crushing apples to get the liquid inside. Throughout history there are examples of its use for the antiseptic properties it possesses, but can it help you lose weight?
Long proposed as a weight loss aid because it prolongs the sensation of fullness after eating acting as an appetite suppressant, ACV has recently been proposed as a weight loss aid. A recent study showed that the active component in ACV causes a reaction in the liver that results in a suppression of body fat accumulation.(1)
One double-blind experiment on obese Japanese included 3 different groups based on similar body weights, Body Mass Index (BMI), and waist circumference. Each group drank a 500 ml drink containing either 30 ml, 15 ml, or 0 ml of vinegar daily for 12 weeks. Those in the 30 ml and 15 ml groups had lower BMI, visceral fat area, waist circumference, serum triglyceride, and body weight than the control group of 0 ml. The 12-week weight losses were modest: 1.2 kg in the 15 ml group and 1.7 kg in the 30 ml group. These two groups consumed fewer calories than the control group, so the effect may have been due to an impact on appetite. It was concluded that consumption of vinegar might reduce obesity.(2)
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- Kondo, Tomoo, et al.; Kishi, Mikiya; Fushimi, Takashi; Ugajin, Shinobu; Kaga, Takayuki (2009). “Vinegar Intake Reduces Body Weight, Body Fat Mass, and Serum Triglyceride Levels in Obese Japanese Subjects”. Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry 73 (8): 1837–1843.