Can Apple Cider Vinegar Help Me Lose Weight?
Find the truth about questions that pique your curiosity in our series, “The Short Answer.” Dietitian Anna Taylor, MS, RD, LD, CDE, answers this one about apple cider vinegar.
A: Despite claims that acetic acid, a substance found in apple cider vinegar, burns fat, lowers blood sugar levels or improves your metabolism, unfortunately all the hubbub about apple cider vinegar is likely exaggerated.
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Much of the research on vinegar’s relationship with weight loss involved animals, mainly mice and rats, and so is not directly applicable to humans.
Even the most promising studies are relatively small, which limits their validity. In addition, these studies simply seem to correlate the increased nausea that results from consuming vinegar to decreased calorie intake. For example, a 2013 study of 16 people found that when they consumed apple cider vinegar, they lost weight, but the reason was because the vinegar caused the participants to feel nauseous and so they ate less.
It will take much larger randomized scientific studies to prove cause and effect between vinegar and weight loss.
— Dietitian Anna Taylor, MS, RD, LD, CDE