Apple cider vinegar helps to control blood sugarsumroeng chinnapan/Shutterstock
There are more than 50 ways to lose weight without a lick of exercise—and one may be adding apple cider vinegar (ACV) to your diet. How? An apple cider vinegar weight-loss plan affects how blood sugar is regulated, according to a study by Carol Johnston, PhD, at Arizona State University. “Her research provides evidence that drinking vinegar before eating actually led to a decrease in change of blood glucose post meals,” says Tanya Zuckerbrot MS, RD, New York City-based registered dietitian, best-selling author, and founder of The F-Factor Diet. “Drinking apple cider vinegar before a carbohydrate-filled meal can reduce blood sugar spikes that would usually occur after eating.”
ACV affects how food is digestedTetiana Iatsenko/Shutterstock
Researchers theorize that apple cider vinegar for weight loss helps achieve this blood-sugar regulation in a few different ways. “Carol Johnston believes the acetic acid in the vinegar blocks disaccharidases, enzymes that break down starches for digestion, from being absorbed into the bloodstream,” Zuckerbrot says. “If the disaccharides from the carbohydrates we eat cannot be digested then we avoid the rapid increase of our blood sugar level, which is followed by a subsequent drop.” Healthy diets often control blood sugar to keep our eating patterns more regular. But watch out for these three fad diets that could raise your risk of diabetes.
ACV makes you feel fullMadiz/Shutterstock
Don’t fall for these sneaky ways you get tricked into overeating. One way to fight back is with ACV, which can also give a feeling of fullness after a meal and keep you from reaching for that evening snack a couple of hours later. “A small Swedish study found when individuals consumed vinegar with a meal, they reported feeling a higher level of satiety after eating than those who did not consume vinegar,” says registered dietitian Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, author of Belly Fat Diet For Dummies. “Although this study was conducted on only a small number of individuals, it may give insight into how the consumption of vinegar may help to promote a healthy body weight by reducing caloric intake.”