Apple cider vinegar and weight loss: A powerhouse ingredient Posted on March 13, 2017 by , 0 comments

Apple Cider Vinegar (known as ACV in health-nut parlance) has been touted as a health tonic since at least 5,000 BC. In addition to being used as a pickling agent, it was also prescribed for colds and as an antiseptic. Today ACV is having a bit of resurgence, becoming popular for everything from hair care to weight management. We put this ancient tonic to the test to see if it really was a single ingredient powerhouse and this is what we found:

Hair:

This gets a big thumbs down. ACV has been used by some individuals in place of conditioner, but we tried it and found that all it did was cause a stink and major hair breakage. Conclusion: don’t try it on your hair unless if you have really oily hair and are prepared to use a lot of leave-in conditioner. 

Appetite Suppressant:

This get’s a thumbs up and comes with a little science to back it up. ACV has been proven to affect blood sugar levels, which can impact hunger. When as little as a teaspoon is mixed with water, one can feel fuller longer. But, if you are taking medications for diabetes or other blood sugar related conditions, be sure to run it by your doctor first. You never know if what you are already taking may have adverse interactions with ACV.

Gut health

This one might take some time to show if it’s working or not. Science has shown that ACV can slow the digestion of starches in the body. This process allows for the good bacteria in the gut to thrive on those starches. Raw, unfiltered, organic ACV contains probiotics, which can help support overall digestive health. ACV proponents also claim that it may help detoxify the liver, although no scientific evidence exists to support this claim.

Skin:

Another claim for ACV is that it can remove skin tags, warts, reduce dark spots and be used to clear up acne. We tried it as a toner, but found that the smell wasn’t worth the gain.

Foods!

Yes, you can use it to make some pretty killer salad dressing recipes and marinades. You can also use it to wash produce.

Cleaning agent:

Some people use ACV as an ingredient in homemade cleansers for everything from pet shampoo to kitchen cleansers. We say no. Again, it’s the smell. A strikingly pungent vinegar smell. But, if you like that sort of thing, have at it. Just be sure to research recipes online before you dip Fido in an ACV bath.

A word of caution:

One of the most definitive pieces of science that exists pertaining to ACV is that it can damage your teeth if you drink too much too often. If you do choose to consume ACV, dilute it with water first and keep your intake to less than a tablespoon or two per day. It has also been the cause of a few chemical burns when it wasn’t used properly. So again, use caution. 

And, as always,

Diet, exercise, and sleep will round out any weight loss program and should be used in conjunction with ACV if you are trying to lose or maintain weight. Also remember that everyone is different and no one is likely to be affected in the exact same way as the next person.

Have you used Apple Cider Vinegar? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!