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Pucker on. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) may be part of the secret to losing some of those extra pounds ̵
Nowadays, ACV is consumed with the expectation that it will miraculously show that the gut left in the Six-Pack is burned. Dieticians and bodybuilders have been training regularly with ACV to keep weight gain in check – some even taking a shot of the acidic fluid daily. The truth is, ACV has health benefits, but consuming it like a clockwork every day may not be the answer to all your weight loss problems. ACV has acetic acid, and when consumed it can act as an appetite suppressant. For example, when taken with starchy foods, ACV can actually help stabilize your blood sugar levels and reduce the likelihood that you'll crave sweets. "After all, our appetite is really important to pay attention to," said Abbey Sharp, nutritionist and blogger for Abbey's Kitchen, to M & F . "Most of us have really ruined our relationship to food by simply silencing these innate signals – if your body tells you that you are hungry, you should really listen to it and not try to artificially craft its messages to manipulate."  A study by Arizona State University found that people with type 2 diabetes who consumed ACV at mealtime had their insulin levels in check and had 34 percent less glucose after a meal. Another university-run study tested a group of people with type 2 diabetes. Subjects consumed two tablespoons of ACV * at bedtime, which lowered their blood glucose levels by four to six percent in the morning.
Sharp, who documented her own struggle with an eating disorder in her book Mindful Glow Cookbook. said t the few currently available ACV studies have shown modest results and are of short duration, therefore it is not known if the weight loss after regular use of the vinegar is sustainable. "Research has shown that by consistently taking ACV, our regimen can make you eat a little less, because it seems to increase satiety or make you feel bad, which can make you eat less – though this may be due to a lack of food really terrible way, your life only seems to lose for an extra pound or two, "said Sharp. "Personally, I do not believe there would be any significant weight loss from using ACVs unless there were other significant changes in diet, exercise or lifestyle in general."
For centuries, vinegar has always served its vinegar purpose – also as a disinfectant in the early days before real medicine – but this does not mean that one or two tablespoons a day of the apple variety keep the fat away. In a Japanese study, 175 overweight subjects drank one to two tablespoons of ACV daily for 12 weeks. After the 12-week study, subjects lost an average of three pounds and returned it within one month of the study. ACV works, but you would need to drink it daily for months to see a significant weight loss, the study said.
Some Studies are far-fetched when it comes to ACV, including the claim that vinegar can help cure cancer. "I've heard that it fixes spit in the hair, but to my knowledge no one has." I think many people believe That adding a shot of ACV on her morning will help make fat just melt away. " That's not how it works. "
It is now known that ACV acts as an antidandruff agent by altering the pH of the scalp, making yeast growth difficult." Some people claim that ACV is high in vitamin C and B and may contain alpha-hydroxy acid, so it may help to exfoliate the scalp and reduce dandruff, Sharp said. However, although apples are rich in vitamin C and alpha-hydroxy, this suggests that there are no detectable levels of blood in the vinegar. At the end of the day there are currently no studies that support the rich amount of vitamin in ACV and whether it can act as an anti-dandruff. "
It has even been used as a whitening agent with baking soda, but according to Sharp, these claims are hardly based on research." Much of the research into the use of baking soda has been completed only with dental products containing baking soda. Therefore, it is still unclear whether baking soda is used alone or in combination with vinegar actually works, "Sharp said. However, what we do know is that using ACV alone engulfs our enamel and seriously damages our teeth. "That's because ACV is an acid and prolonged use over a longer period of time may begin to ** break off the enamel **,
Overall, ACV contains vitamin C, calcium, iron, folate, B vitamins, magnesium and potassium, and can be consumed in a daily diet, always opt for one that is organic and unpasteurized, since the pasteurisat ion process can remove all the health benefits of vinegar.Sharp recommends adding apple cider vinegar in salad dressings and marinades.It is tastier to be diluted with water, and ACV can be soaked in a soothing hot Toddy or a Switchel, a 19th century ginger, vinegar and sweetener from the Caribbean, as well as baked goods and sauces.
"If you're a fan of sour things, apple cider vinegar, especially an unfiltered AVC, is a great supplement to the diet," said Sharp, "But I do not think we need to take pictures that can irritate our digestive tract and damage the enamel."
* Arizona State University Study – ACV Before Bed
** Effects of vinegar on tooth decay