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This week’s question — Emily Sander asks: My friend is doing vinegar “shots” before each meal? Does vinegar really help me lose weight?
It may. But, it is not a miracle liquid and you still need to do all the “work” to lose weight.
Vinegar is a product of fermentation that has been connected over the years with everything from treating illnesses, to cleaning furniture, to helping “detox” your body. Much of what you may hear about vinegar is not backed up by research. However, adding a splash of vinegar to your meals isn’t going to hurt you either. Among the most promising research surrounding apple cider vinegar is its possible connection to improving conditions surrounding diabetes.
A 2007 study showed that people who took 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed lowered blood sugar levels up to 6% in the morning. Vinegar may help our hearts as well. A study showed that vinegar consumption on salads was connected to a lowered risk of heart disease (hmmm… was it the salads or vinegar?). As far as weight loss goes… vinegar has been associated with feelings of fullness and satisfaction.
Where does that leave you? To throw back the “shots” or not? I say incorporate vinegar into your diet in veggies before a meal (or wherever you like!). Veggies provide fiber and water volume which alone will help keep you full and cut down on consumption at the meal.
Whether the vinegar helps to control blood sugar, aid in satisfaction or just plain tastes good, it is certainly not going to hurt and may even get you to eat more veggies! Another bonus? You can use it instead of salt to add flavor and this will help keep the belly bloat at bay.
--Terri MacLeod & Keri Glassman