Two or three teaspoonfuls of Organic Apple cider vinegar diluted in three glasses of water and consumed slowly over an 8-hour period is an age-old recommended therapy to help you lose weight and this remedy has been attributed to Hippocrates. Of course, back then nobody knew the correlation between exercise, diet and fat. You eat and got fat so it was presumed that the remedy was also through the stomach i.e. eating or drink something that could ‘burn the excesses within’.
First, let’s see what Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is.
Apple cider vinegar is made from fermented apple cider. The first stage is turning apple cider into alcohol (with the help of bacteria and yeast) and then into vinegar. All vinegar’s contain acetic acid. Drinking Apple cider vinegar will raise the pH levels in the blood and it is said that this will prevent fat accumulation. The first part of course is correct. But any physician will confirm that raising the pH levels in the blood can lead to some very nasty medical complications – after all, high pH levels in the blood is not our natural state.
There is no credible research to support the claim that apple cider vinegar can help you lose weight.
Results of the only one known research into claims vinegar can help you lose weight were published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry in 2009. However, the research makes no mention as to which vinegar was used.
Scientists and people in the know are skeptical about the findings. The fact that no other research was ever conducted also indicates that the scientific community thinks that the weight loss attribute given to apple cider vinegar is pure humbug. Had there been a shred of truth in it, people who had consumed apple cider vinegar and lost weight would have spread the message by word of mouth and by now everyone would have adopted this apparently easy way to weight loss. People would have to make serious diet and lifestyle changes. And yet, here we are; the World’s largest population of obese people in any country.
Apple vinegar has been used in home science remedies for treatment of dandruff and acne.
This however, is an external treatment and does not involve drinking even a drop of it. We urge people to understand that undiluted apple cider vinegar is highly acidic and will damage the esophagus and other parts of the digestive tract. Being corrosive in nature, Apple cider vinegar (or any other vinegar) when mixed in water or any beverage and sipped may lead to loss of tooth enamel. If you teeth – the hardest substance within your body can be damaged, imagine what vinegar might do if it gets inside your body and into your blood stream. In fact, if you apply apple cider vinegar to the skin, it will cause burns and scarring.
Physicians have also cautioned that apple cider vinegar will react adversely with any medication you might be taking.
Therefore, in our opinion, diluted or not, it would be very foolish to drink this stuff. If you wish to lose weight, just stick to the time tested and scientifically proven remedies – good healthy diet, healthy lifestyle and lots of exercise!