Some claim Apple cider vinegar (ACV) can be used as a cure-all for a host of different conditions.
Many believe its properties can be used for sore throats, skin and hair problems and diabetes.
One of the other areas where it is widely used it to aid weight loss.
ACV is a popular choice for people who want to lose weight, but does it actually work? We explore.
Does drinking apple cider vinegar help you lose weight?
While drinking apple cider vinegar has in some cases help people lose weight, there are differing opinions on the subject.
Dietician and nutritionist Ro Huntriss said: “There are many claims regarding the health benefits of apple cider vinegar, including weight loss.
“Some claim that apple cider vinegar can reduce appetite and burn fat, but there is currently limited evidence to support this.
“Due to its acidic content, consumption of apple cider vinegar could also lead to throat irritation or erosion of tooth enamel.”
The dietician behind the Terri-Ann 123 Diet Plan advises to “simply think about what improvements you could make to your diet and be more active” to lose weight.
She added: “Apple cider vinegar is not a magic wand to weight loss.”
Other experts claim there have been enough studies to prove the benefit of ACV.
For example, a study, cited by Dr Axe, found those who consumed two tablespoons per day over 12 weeks lost 4 pounds.
According to Dr Carol Johnston, associate director of the nutrition program at Arizona State University, says this is because it targets body fat.
She says adding a small amount of the vinegar to your diet can activate your metabolism.
This will cause your body to use fat as a form of energy instead of storing it.
Fran McElwaine, Functional Medicine Practitioner, Health Coach and Director of the UK Health Coaches Association said: “Taking apple cider vinegar is beneficial for a number of reasons – it boosts stomach acid while at the same time (and a bit confusingly!) alkalising the body which reduces inflammation and creates a positive environment for our cells to thrive.
“In regard to weight loss, the real benefit from ACV is that it improves digestion (it is in fact an excellent cure for indigestion) which means you get more nutritional benefit from the food you eat which, ultimately, reduces appetite and cravings.
“It also helps to create a healthy gut, by boosting the growth of ‘good’ bacteria.
“It’s impact on weight loss is therefore subtle and indirect, and ACV is definitely not an ‘easy-out’ for someone who is not prepared to make other changes in their lifestyle choices.”
Most champions of the ACV diet claim it only takes two to three tablespoons of the vinegar to aid weight loss.
The best way to drink it is to dilute it in water.