Apple Cider Vinegar: Folk Remedy or Weight loss Secret?

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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)

For a few tips on how to use Apple Cider Vinegar, watch this short video:

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  2. 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.



15 Comments on "Apple Cider Vinegar: Folk Remedy or Weight loss Secret?"

  1. Jennifer B.  June 22, 2012

    This is quite interesting. I'll give it a go. 🙂

  2. Fenton  February 19, 2015

    I really don't need to loose weight, but, I have a bad stomache problem. How can it help me and how much per day should I take? Thanks.

  3. tamare  April 20, 2016

    Im trying to lose belly fat and i need help do it work and how long will it take

    • Kym Votruba  April 21, 2016

      Every person will experience changes differently so it’s impossible to say. The best way to decrease belly fat is to incorporate a diet of moderate portions of clean foods and regular exercise. You might be interested in this 21-Day Flat Belly Meal Plan.

  4. Shelly  April 26, 2016

    Do you think I could mix the ACV & water up in the morning, take it to work with me and drink it before lunch, or does it need to be mixed up fresh right before I drink it?

    Thank you.

    • SkinnyMs.  April 27, 2016

      We don’t see any reasons why you wouldn’t be able to mix this ahead of time. 🙂

      • Shelly  May 2, 2016

        cool! Thanks!

  5. Norma  May 1, 2016

    Can you use light apple juice instead of water

    • Gale Compton  May 1, 2016

      Norma, I would recommend sticking with water if possible. Or, you could try both ways and see which works best for you. 🙂

      • Norma  May 1, 2016


  6. Laura Jaquin  July 24, 2016

    Saw a quick commerical regarding putting orange peels in a container with vineger. Spray on oven and reacts quickly. do you know anything about such a remedy.

    • Gale Compton  July 24, 2016

      Laura, I haven’t heard about the orange peel remedy. It probably acts to make it have a nice scent.

  7. Jane Doe  August 4, 2016

    I can personally attest that ACV does nothing for cholesterol or weight loss (and I’ve been taking it over a year). The only thing so far that I’ve found it’s effective for is heartburn (acid reflux), but it’s only a very temporary effect.


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