ACV may help you lose fatdimid_86/Shutterstock
So apple cider vinegar may work to regulate blood sugar, appetite, insulin and cravings, but it can actually melt pounds? Some research suggests it does. “In 2009 a double-blind, placebo-controlled study was done investigating the effects of apple cider vinegar intake on body weight and abdominal fat in 175 obese Japanese subjects,” Zuckerbrot says. “This was the first study to show that continuous vinegar intake reduces body weight, BMI, and body fat mass.” She says acetic acid may help fat breakdown. But more research is needed to replicate the study’s findings and identify exactly how ACV caused the weight loss. Check out the scientific reason why belly fat is so hard to ditch.
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We all want to know the ways to get the metabolism of a 25-year-old, and apple cider vinegar may be one of them. “Although this has not been proven in human studies, one animal study from Japan found consuming vinegar may increase the production of an enzyme responsible for fat burning,” Palinski-Wade says. But again, more research is needed in this area.
Why ACV is different from other vinegarsYulia von Eisenstein/Shutterstock
Eating an apple a day may be one of many old-time remedies we need to bring back—and likewise, apple cider vinegar weight loss works through its unique properties. “In comparison to other vinegar, apple cider vinegar has a slightly higher mineral and vitamin content,” Zuckerbrot says. “Since it is made from apple it also retains its natural antioxidants, fruit polyphenols, and essential nutrients necessary for normal body function like digestion and metabolism.” In addition, ACV contains pectin, found naturally in apples. “Pectin is known to increase satiety, which aids in weight loss,” she says. You can choose filtered or unfiltered—unfiltered is often unpasteurized and contains the “mother,” leftover bacteria from the fermentation process, which some say has potent medicinal properties. But Zuckerbrot says to use whichever type you prefer.