Over the centuries, apple cider vinegar has been used for individuals who want to lose weight. The question is: Is it really an effective weight loss treatment? Some studies have shown evidence that vinegar consumption helps curb appetite and burns fat. It also helped lowered cholesterol and blood pressure in a group of rats.
Ms. Nada Jawahery, Registered Dietician at Royal Bahrain Hospital, explains what it is. “Apple cider vinegar is a byproduct of fermented apples. Bacteria and yeast are used to metabolize the sugars in the apples. The sugar turns to alcohol in the preliminary stage of the process and then the alcohol is fermented longer to become vinegar.”
“There is scientific evidence of the benefits.” continues Ms. Jawahery, “One study examined the effect of taking white vinegar before a meal on blood sugar levels and satiety of a group of 12 people. Those who consumed the vinegar felt fuller and more satisfied after the meal than those who did not consume the vinegar. Also, results showed that those who took vinegar with the meal had better blood sugar levels and insulin profiles relative to the individuals who did not take vinegar before their meal.”
Ms. Jawahery states that there are no current guidelines to how much apple cider vinegar to consume. Some individuals take one tablespoon in the morning, either plain or mixed in a cup of water or juice. Other individuals may take it as a supplement, in tablet form. Supplements are taken prior to or following meals. “Additionally, there are no side effects if you consume it in small doses for weight loss purposes. If you are planning on taking it in larger amounts, do consult a doctor, as it can affect your insulin levels if you’re a diabetic or lead to low potassium. Additionally, if you’re on any medication, review if it is safe.”
Conclusively, Ms. Jawahery states the following “Although research looks promising on apple cider vinegar’s ability to curb appetite and burn fat, results are currently insufficient. Most studies were done on animals or cells in a lab. More research needs to be conducted to verify its true potential benefits.”
Nada Jawahery is the Registered Dietician at Royal Bahrain Hospital and is a member of, and licensed by, the American Dietetics Association. For more information call 17246832 or email: Nada.Jawahery@royalbhrn.com