Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been used in health and beauty for years.
Fans of ACV rave about its health benefits – including its ability to lower cholesterol levels, promote healthier blood sugar levels and cure sore throats.
However in recent times, its benefits when it comes to weight loss has been at the forefront.
The vinegar itself is basically fermented apple cider.
The bacteria which is made during the fermentation process turns the alcohol into acetic acid.
More generally it also helps to speed up metabolism, causing the body to use excess fat as energy rather than storing it.
It’s worth mentioning although the studies regarding ACV are promising, many experts believe there is still not enough to prove the link to weight loss.
How much should you drink for weight loss?
“If you are watching what you eat try and have two teaspoons of apple vinegar before bedtime but remember, always dilute it before drinking. On its own, vinegar’s acidic nature means it can be harsh on your throat and damage your teeth.”
Meanwhile, a study of 175 people found drinking as much as two tablespoons of ACV led to the loss of 2.7 pounds in three months.
Meanwhile, another Japanese study found drinking an even larger amount – 15 ml, or three tablespoons, twice a day, can help you loose 1kg in three months.
Are there any side effects?
It has been suggested that drinking a large amount of acidic drinks can cause damage to teeth.
Research has found water with lemon slices, diet drinks and other drinks with high acidity are responsible for a large number of erosive tooth wear.
A study published in the British Dental Journal found those who drink these type of drinks twice a day between meals are 11 times more likely to have moderate to severe tooth erosion.
Authors S. O’Toole and F. Mullan suggest these are ‘hidden’ risk factors, due to the fact that patients are unaware of the effects of these popular trends.
They write: “Additions of fruit or fruit flavourings to drinks and regular consumption of vinegars, pickles, acidic medications or acidic sugarfree sweets are potential hidden risk factors that should be discussed with patients at risk of erosive tooth wear progression.”
Which apple cider vinegar should you buy?
“Holland and Barrett sell various brands of apple cider vinegar – there are no specific studies to confirm effectiveness vinegar over another, however, we did see a 300% uplift year on year sales of Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with The Mother.
“It is raw and unfiltered, this vinegar is made from organically grown apples. Contains protein enzymes and probiotics found in The Mother, it adds a delicious, tangy flavour to salads, sauces and even soups.”
The Mother, which is a culture made up from bacteria, is what helps speed up the weight loss process.
These will have a cloudy appearance, and you will see words such as “unfiltered”, “unpasteurised” or “unrefined”.
So when deciding which ACV to buy, it could be beneficial to chose one with The Mother.