What is Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)?
Apple cider vinegar comes from apples that have been crushed, distilled, and then fermented. It can be consumed in small quantities or taken as a supplement.
How does ACV work and what are the benefits?
Well… ACV works mostly in your stomach, it’s a detoxifying agent that helps rid your stomach of all the nasties that are brought on by a less than perfect diet. Once your stomach bacteria is under control and working like a well-oiled machine, you’re better able to digest, which means less bloating. As well as helping keep the bloating at bay, many studies (including this one by the American Association of Diabetes) have shown that ACV can help reduce spikes in blood sugar after eating a carb-rich meal.
Not only are you avoiding the spike, ACV taken alongside a carb-heavy meal has been shown to increase feelings of fullness and even prolong that feeling. Curbing snack cravings gives you more control over your calorie intake and gives you more time to digest between meals.
A randomised, clinical trial recently published in the Journal of Functional Food showed that ACV can help with weight loss. The researchers found that ACV significantly reduced weight. In fact, the people in the ACV group lost an average of 8.8 lbs over 12 weeks. On the other hand, the participants who did not receive ACV only lost 5 lbs over the 12-week study period. The researchers also found that ACV decreased cholesterol levels.