Apple cider vinegar is one of the most common salad dressings. It is also used as a household cleaner and in particular to clean glass surfaces such as windows. And, as if that weren’t enough, the idea that this element could help to lose weight when consumed as a drink has spread in the popular sphere.
There are several types of recipes based on apple cider vinegar that promise several benefits: “detoxify” or “alkaline” the body, burn fat, cleanse the skin, “speed up” metabolism, balance sugar levels, eliminate fungi and lice, etc. However, none of them are medically adequate. In fact, its consumption involves more risks than anything else.
What is apple cider vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar is made from the fermentation of alcoholic sugars from this fruit. It can also be made from apple cider.
Its fermentation process basically consists of two steps:
- First, apples are mashed and combined with yeast to turn their sugar into alcohol.
- Second, bacteria are added to ferment the alcohol into acetic acid.
Its aroma and flavor are fruity and intense, mainly due to its malic acid content. In fact, in the popular sphere, slimming properties have been attributed to this substance.
Does it help you lose weight?
Although daily intake of a certain amount of apple cider vinegar has been recommended to lose weight, this is not recommended, according to health experts. Not even when diluted with water.
In addition, excessive consumption of this liquid can damage the digestive system, irritate it and promote various discomforts of varying intensity, such as: cramps, a burning sensation in the stomach, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.
It is not scientifically proven that a daily intake of one cup (or more) of apple cider vinegar helps with weight loss or provides any other specific benefit. Therefore, it is most recommended to consume it in moderation, as a salad dressing, for example, within a balanced diet.
What not to do?
- Skipping meals.
- Replace water with vinegar.
- Replace food with cups of vinegar.
- Drink vinegar daily in large amounts.
- Maintain bad lifestyle habits, resort to diets or ‘miracle’ products such as apple cider vinegar or lemon water.
Apple cider vinegar and its culinary uses
In the kitchen, apple cider vinegar can:
- Help enhance the flavor of food, without the need to add too much salt.
- Prolong the preservation of some foods and prevent the growth of bacteria.
- Mash some raw foods such as vegetables, meat or fish.
- Naturally disinfect vegetables (such as lettuce) as it removes microorganisms, traces of soil that may have been left between the folds, leaves, etc.
But it is definitely not good for losing weight overnight, not in three weeks or six months, not ever. Nor does it serve to regulate glucose levels or “clean the body”. Therefore, it is not useful to drink it on an empty stomach or with a meal.
As we discussed earlier, apple cider vinegar can irritate the stomach lining and seriously damage the entire digestive system. For this reason, its consumption is not convenient, even if there are beliefs that indicate that it works. As long as there is no scientific evidence, it is best to avoid taking risks.
What is most recommended to lose weight?
To lose weight in a healthy way, it is best to ask your doctor which options are best for you, depending on your body’s needs. Remember that not everyone is the same and following an expert’s instructions is critical to real benefits.
Rely on a healthy lifestyle, not just consuming a particular food or drink. Avoid sedentary lifestyle, improve your eating habits and hydrate yourself properly. Your health will thank you and will know how to repay this care.