Apple Cider Vinegar – Natural Fat Fighter?
The weight management industry is a huge business in the United States. In 2016, it was estimated to be worth $66 billion!1 But what if one of the keys to weight loss wasn’t found in dangerous pills, processed diet foods or expensive surgeries?
Vinegar for Health and Weight Loss
In a study from Japan, acetic acid in vinegar was shown to suppress body fat accumulation in mice.2 Animals fed a high-fat diet and supplemented with acetic acid developed about 10 percent less body fat than mice just eating the diet. 2 Thus, vinegar – or, acetic acid – may prevent the buildup of fat, and therefore weight gain!
Apple Cider Vinegar is an excellent choice for a raw, unfiltered and organic weight-loss tool. Not only does the acetic acid block fat accumulation, but the prebiotics in vinegar also contribute to better digestion and immunity! Replace all your recipes calling for refined white vinegar with healthier apple cider vinegar. Try some today.
This isn’t the first time vinegar has been linked to weight control. In 2005, scientists from Lund University reported that increasing intake of the common flavoring could help dieters eat less and reduce cravings brought on by sugar peaks after meals.3
But that’s just the beginning…
Vinegar’s many healing properties have been documented time and again. In a 2017 study involving mice, vinegar suppressed inflammation, thus becoming a powerful force in the battle against some types of liver damage. 4 Another study found that when apple cider vinegar was added to the diets of people with high cholesterol, it reduced total cholesterol, LDL, and triglycerides. 5 There have been multiple studies and findings about the many beneficial properties of vinegar for all sorts of disease and health problems.
Vinegar and Body Ecology
At Body Ecology, we have long recognized the benefits of vinegar, but the TYPE of vinegar makes all the difference. Research shows that different vinegars have different impacts on the body, some more beneficial than others. 4 White vinegar that is readily available at most supermarkets is refined, and therefore; acid-forming. This means that using white vinegar can create an acidic condition in your blood, setting the stage for illness and disease.
We recommend raw apple cider vinegar for your weight loss goals.
Apple Cider Vinegar — For your health
Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar is a fermented food. It has medicinal properties and has been used throughout history as a healing food. The benefits of apple cider vinegar have now also been confirmed in modern research.
Using apple cider vinegar as part of your Body Ecology diet will not only aid in weight loss, it will also help:
- Restore your body’s natural pH balance.
- Aid digestion. It helps stimulate your stomach acid, aiding the digestion of protein and fats.
- Promote the growth of healthy microflora. While apple cider vinegar is a fermented food already, it is also a prebiotic, which feeds probiotics (the healthy microflora in your inner ecosystem).
- Stop sugar cravings. Next time you have a craving for that bowl of ice cream or piece of chocolate cake after dinner, drinking a small amount of vinegar diluted with water may stop you from indulging.
- Decrease cholesterol in certain individuals5
Make sure you buy the right kind of vinegar to reap the best health benefits. Remember, it’s not all about blocking fat, but also making your body more efficient in general!
A good, fermented apple cider vinegar will be unfiltered, unpasteurized, and made from organic apples.Some apple cider vinegars are treated during fermentation with sodium metabisulfate, a preservative that is not required by law to be listed on the label. Instead, look for apple cider vinegar that contains natural sediment with pectin, trace minerals, beneficial bacteria, and enzymes.
Incorporate apple cider vinegar into your diet:
- Add two teaspoons of raw apple cider vinegar to a 6 oz glass of filtered water, and drink it down. As mentioned above, this is a quick remedy that may stop you from indulging on your cravings for sweets and refined sugars. But drinking this concoction regularly also aids in digestion…especially of proteins and fats.
- Use apple cider vinegar in tandem with other probiotics, such as fermented foods and drinks. The prebiotics in vinegar work as “food” for the probiotics, which will help your inner eco-system thrive. For example, drinking two ounces of delicious probiotic-rich InnergyBiotic with a salad that contains apple cider vinegar in the dressing is just what you need to help boost your digestion and energy after your lunch-time animal protein meal. While most other people will be getting sleepy in that afternoon meeting, you may find your energy improving!
- Make salad dressings and sauces! We love to create recipes using tasty apple cider vinegar, such as this sweet and tangy mustard sauce, Cucumber Wakame and Red Pepper Salad, or even our healthy classic homemade mayonnaise.
Here’s a basic salad dressing that’s easy and sure to please. Whisk together:
- 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbsp. flaxseed oil or a flaxseed/evening primrose oil blend
- 1 Tbsp. raw, organic apple cider vinegar (adding a touch of lemon juice is also delicious)
- ¼ to ½ tsp. Celtic sea salt and/or Herbamare to taste
- Toss with greens and enjoy!
By Donna Gates
What To Remember Most About This Article:
- Apple Cider Vinegar helps with weight loss in a number of ways. It aids digestion, restores your body’s natural pH balance, promotes growth of healthy microflora in your gut, stops sugar cravings, and has been shown to block fat accumulation.
- Vinegar’s health benefits are constantly being realized. Research has shown it can: suppress inflammation, help protect against some types of liver damage,4 and reduce total cholesterol, LDL, and triglycerides in people with high cholesterol.5
- Vinegar is a fermented food. The prebiotics in vinegar work as “food” for the probiotics, which will help your inner eco-system thrive, contributing to better digestion and immunity.
- For healing, detoxification, and weight loss, apple cider vinegar should be used as part of the Body Ecology program.
- Sifferlin, A., The Weight Loss Trap: Why Your Diet Isn’t Working, TIME Magazine, Jun 5, 2017 Vol 189 No 21, 1.
- Kondo, T., Kishi, M., Fushimi, T. Kaga, T., Acetic Acid Upregulates the Expression of Genes for Fatty Acid Oxidation Enzymes in Liver To Suppress Body Fat Accumulation. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Published online ahead of print, ASAP Article, doi: 10.1021/jf900470c.
- European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 59, pp 983-988
- Beh, B. K., Mohamad, N. E., Yeap, S. K., Ky, H., Boo, S. Y., Chua, J. Y. H., Tan, S. W., Ho, W. Y., Sharifuddin, S. A., Long, K., Alitheen, N. B. (2017). Anti-obesity and anti-inflammatory effects of synthetic acetic acid vinegar and Nipa vinegar on high-fat-diet-induced obese mice Scientific Reports, 7, 6664. http://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-06235-7, 1.
- Z. Beheshti, Y. Chan, H. Nia, F. Hajihosseini, R. Nazari, M. Shaabani, M. Omran, Influence of apple cider vinegar on blood lipids Life Science Journal 2012;9(4), 2433.