THERE are many food items out there that fitness gurus on Instagram swear by like lemon water, for example. They hype it up because it helps eliminate unwanted toxins, boost your metabolism, and even help you lose weight, which aren’t all true, of course.
Although there are food items that science actually backs up. One of them: apple cider vinegar. But, if we’re being honest, apple cider vinegar CANNOT work on its own. It definitely an aid to your weight loss journey rather than a miracle food that burns all the fat away.
Right here are three benefits that a person can get from taking apple cider vinegar. Let’s break them down.
Regulates blood sugar
We all know that maintaining a normal level of blood sugar is vital for overall health as high sugar levels is often a precursor to various chronic diseases.
According to a study conducted in Europe, vinegar can help to lower blood sugar levels when you take it after a meal.
A separate study showed that the ingestion of the vinegar led to an improvement in insulin sensitivity. That means, it lowers the risk of developing high blood sugar and diabetes.
Weight loss helper
We’ve already said that apple cider vinegar is not a quick fix, but it does have its place in helping you manage your weight. How? Well, one study showed that it may help to increase feelings of satiety, which can reduce the amount of food you consume, leading to weight loss.
Further research backed this up, showing how the daily consumption of apple cider vinegar led to a loss of belly fat. Nonetheless, it’s important that you remember, that it’s just a “helper”. You still have to really lose weight, there are no shortcuts—eat a balanced diet, and exercise daily.
May improve heart health
It’s no secret that heart disease is the world’s most common cause of death. That’s where apple cider vinegar comes in: the main element in this type of vinegar—acetic acid—has been credited with, you guessed it, improving heart health.
Although the study was conducted on animals, it showed how this vinegar not only reduced bad cholesterol, but it also increased the good ones.
A separate Japanese animal study saw rats being supplemented with acetic acid. They later noted a reduction in blood pressure levels.
Granted, more human studies are definitely needed in regards to the vinegar’ effect on heart health.
Best way to take it?
Obviously, apple cider vinegar will have a sour taste, so there are different ways to make the drink easier to stomach.
Some people may opt to dilute the taste by mixing it in with water. Others may even add a splash of fresh lemon to make it easier to digest. For those with a sweet tooth, a dollop of honey will bring a sweeter flavor when mixed with apple cider vinegar and water. Apple cider vinegar can also be added to a smoothie to mask its sourness. Better yet, mix it into salad dressing to have it with your meal. Of course, you can take the tablespoon on its own if you’re brave enough.
But, please, always keep in mind that losing weight, decreasing blood sugar levels, and improving heart health, will be different for each person. Consulting dietitians, nutritionists, and doctors should be first. Following their structured plan will definitely help you stay on track. Apple cider vinegar is just a side dish that can help speed up the process, but it can’t do it on its own.