Consuming a daily dose of ACV has been shown to lower body weight, waist measurement and belly fat mass, according to a 2009 study (1) and there are many studies backing up these claims. I am particularly interested in the investigation into ACV’s ability to improve insulin sensitivity. Insulin enables your body’s cells to use energy from glucose in your bloodstream and when levels of insulin remain high after eating a high-carbohydrate meal your body is more likely to store fat. Many over-weight are resistant to insulin, and so will produce more insulin to reduce blood sugar levels. Unfortunately, insulin is known as the ‘fat storing hormone’ so we want as little as possible in our body. One human study showed that adding vinegar at a high-carb meal improved insulin sensitivity by 34% (2). This is music to my ears!
Getting rid of fat around the middle is much easier if you are fuller for longer and ACV may help you eat less by increasing your feelings of fullness after a meal. A study published that year in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association (3) found that when vinegar is consumed with a meal, calorie consumption throughout the rest of the day drops by 200 to 275 calories.
The 12-week study (1) had groups drinking a beverage that contained either two tablespoons of vinegar or no vinegar at all. At the end of the three months, those who consumed the vinegar had a lower body weight, a smaller body mass index, less visceral fat, a smaller waist measurement and lower triglyceride levels than the placebo group.
So, it seems that adding 1 or 2 tablespoons to ½ litre of water before meals can:
• Lowers blood sugar levels
• Improve metabolism
• Reduce fat storage:
• Burn fat:
• Suppresses appetite
• Weight loss
Other benefits of ACV are shown as:
• Improves Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) symptoms
• Decreases cholesterol levels
• Lowers blood pressure
So, ACV is regularly recommended at Slim for Good to complement the hormone balancing diet and is well worth adding to your daily diet, either mixed with olive oil as a salad dressing or I like 1-2 tablespoons per day mixed with water before your 3 meals a day. It’s also best to start off with 1 teaspoon and build up to 1 tablespoon per litre of water. Buy the one ‘with Mother’ that includes all the natural goodness that you need.
It also tastes like diluted wine – so what’s not to like!!
1) Kondo T et al, 2009, Vinegar intake reduces body weight, body fat mass, and serum triglyceride levels in obese Japanese subjects.
2) Panayota Mitrou, et al, 2015 Vinegar Consumption Increases Insulin-Stimulated Glucose Uptake by the Forearm Muscle in Humans with Type 2 Diabetes
3) Frost G1, et al 2014 The short-chain fatty acid acetate reduces appetite via a central homeostatic mechanism.