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Apple Cider Vinegar Diet Information

by Casey Quinn
  • Overview

    The apple cider vinegar diet is used to curb the appetite and boost the body's metabolic rate. In order to lose weight with this diet, it will be necessary to consume a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar before meals. There are health benefits and risks that are associated with the consumption of apple cider vinegar over an extended period of time.
  • The Facts

    Vinegar is produced through a process called fermentation. Apple cider vinegar is created from fermented apple cider. During the fermenting process, certain bacteria attack the sugar that is found in apple cider. As the sugar is broken down it turns into alcohol and eventually into apple cider vinegar. This type of vinegar contains acetic, malic, citric and lactic acids. It is commonly sold as an unfiltered liquid that is yellowish in color.
 
  • Function

    This diet requires you to consume a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar before each meal. It is recommended that the vinegar is diluted before you consume it. According to proponents of this diet, apple cider vinegar helps to reduce the appetite, which leads to the consumption of fewer calories. It is also believed that apple cider vinegar taken before a meal can help a person to feel full quicker. Apple cider vinegar may speed up the metabolic rate, which may help the body burn off fat instead of storing it for later use.
  • Considerations

    There is little proof to suggest the apple cider vinegar diet is truly an effective method for losing weight. Although it is not a required element, most people will choose to supplement the diet with moderate exercise a few days a week. The apple cider vinegar diet is typically only done for a week at a time although this can be extended. There is speculation that continual use of the apple cider vinegar diet may reduce its effectiveness.
  • Benefits

    New studies reveal that apple cider vinegar may have several health benefits. According to Kondo, consumption of small portions of apple cider vinegar may help to reduce high blood pressure. Another study conducted by Hu revealed that the rates of heart attack among those who regularly consumed apple cider vinegar appeared to be lower than those who did not. Although apple cider vinegar is very acidic, it is thought that it helps the body to produce more alkaline when it is consumed. If you tend to eat more acidic foods, consumption of the vinegar may help your body retain its natural pH balance of around 7.4.
  • Warning

    Apple cider vinegar can cause a variety of problems if large amounts are consumed over an extended period of time. The tissue in the throat and stomach can be damaged by the acidic nature of apple cider vinegar. The enamel on your teeth is also likely to become damaged. Apple cider vinegar can affect your body's insulin levels. Extended consumption of apple cider vinegar can also lower your bone density (see References). Anyone suffering from either osteoporosis or diabetes should consult with a doctor before beginning this diet.

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