Weight Management

Apple Cider Vinegar Diet

For several hundred years apple cider vinegar has been used as a folk remedy to treat a variety of ailments. But what about it has caught the attention of weight loss seekers? Apparently, one Dr. D. C. Jarvis wrote a book called Folk Medicine in the 1950s, in which he claimed that apple cider vinegar causes fat to burn.

Thereon, several theories were circulated saying that the pectin in vinegar binds cholesterol and eliminates it from the body. None of the claims is validated through medical studies, but many people believe that apple cider vinegar does help reduce weight.

What is apple cider vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar is a byproduct of fermenting apple juice. Apples are squashed, and the juice is extracted. The juice is then mixed with yeast. The sugars in the juice turn into alcohol as a result of fermentation. Further fermentation of the liquid gives vinegar.

Acetic acid is the main component of apple cider vinegar. Vinegar also contains vitamins, minerals, amino acids and some other acids.

What is apple cider vinegar diet?
The "diet" is nothing but the consumption of 1 to 3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar before every meal. People usually mix it in some amount of water or juice. There are ACV tablets available too. A 285 mg tablet before meals is a commonly used treatment for "hopeful" reduction in weight.

Purported health benefits
Unconfirmed evidence suggests that apple cider vinegar helps treat diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, some types of cancer, and obesity. Although nobody has countered these claims, some say that vinegar works, but not as effectively as other treatments. There are no harmful effects though; apple cider vinegar can be safely consumed in small quantities.

Long term risks
There are no risks associated with apple cider vinegar if taken occasionally and in small quantities. If taken in larger quantities, the acetic acid in it could be harsh on the throat, mouth and tooth enamel. Long term use could also lead to low potassium levels and lower bone density. People with osteoporosis should consult a doctor before using it. In fact, since so little is known about apple cider vinegar, anybody who intends to use it should consult a doctor first.

There could be some risks associated with use of apple cider vinegar supplements instead of the tonic. Supplements are not regulated by the FDA, so you can't be sure of what's in there. They are not tested for basic safety or effectiveness. Although safety concerns could be a little far-fetched, the effectiveness of the supplements could well go under the scanner. The actual ingredients could be different from the ones listed. Some researchers found that a sample contained no apple cider vinegar at all.
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