My husband has been on a health journey, and even started an active Facebook group for all of us on the “get healthier” hamster wheel. He has been extremely successful making small adjustments that have led to big results. I’ve been trying to incorporate some of his new habits like smoothies, vitamins, and the ACV sipper into my daily routine, too.
“Why exactly am I drinking apple cider vinegar?” I asked one day, to a friend who shoots a tablespoon daily. (Note: chase with lots of water.) After explaining several of the benefits which did not make a lot of sense to me, I asked, “Is it going to make me look younger and skinnier?” She said yes. OK! I’m in.
So I’ve been drinking a tablespoon mixed with water and ice like a cocktail most mornings. Articles like this make ACV sound like it’s a magical cure for all sorts of things like weight loss, controlling blood sugar, and improving your metabolism. I mean, WOW.
So I dug a little deeper. I’m a skeptic. I have a blog and know how easy it is to set up a website and publish articles. I get my information from sources I know to be legit. (Random… but if you’re interested in my opinion on the internet, read filter out the fiction: check your sources before you believe what you read.) I skipped over the sketchy sounding websites and found a few medical articles that logically outline the benefits of ACV. Here’s what I found out: yes, it might help with weight loss, but there is not a whole lot of evidence to back up that claim.
Does science back this up?
The Mayo Clinic says “Studies of apple cider vinegar for weight loss have not consistently shown significant and sustainable weight loss across diverse groups of people.” Harvard Health concludes the same: “In all, the scientific evidence that vinegar consumption (whether of the apple cider variety or not) is a reliable, long-term means of losing excess weight is not compelling.”
All articles state the obvious: if you want to lose weight, you’re going to need to eat healthier… end of story.
So, will I keep taking ACV?
Let me first state the obvious: I am not an expert, I’ve done some light googling on the topic. There seems to be a lack of studies on the topic, so while the studies may not produce hard evidence supporting the weight loss stories, there does not seem to be anything that disproves it.
So, I’m going based on how I feel after drinking it for about a month. Maybe it’s mental, but I am less hungry. I have made other adjustments too – so it can’t solely be apple cider vinegar – but I drink it in the morning and eat a lot less for breakfast (my go to is a Perfect Bar or a smoothie) and I’m not starving by 9:30am. When I have a good start to my morning, it helps me make healthier choices the rest of my day.
Talk to me.
Have you tried ACV sippers? What is your experience?