Apple cider vinegar: Health benefits and risks

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Drinking apple cider vinegar before eating may help you feel more full from the meal — leading to less consumption overall.
Apple cider vinegar may have benefits for weight loss, blood sugar control, and gut health.

One study found that people who added it to a calorie-restricted diet lost more weight.

Apple cider vinegar has also been found to lower blood glucose levels in people with diabetes.

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Apple cider vinegar is more than just a tangy salad dressing ingredient. It has been found to have some health benefits for weight loss , gut health, and blood sugar.

Here's what the research says about the benefits of apple cider vinegar.

What is apple cider vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar is made from apples using a three-step process:

Apples are crushed and strained into pure apple juice.

Then, yeast is added to the apple juice and left to ferment.

After that, a special kind of bacteria called acetobacter is introduced to turn the alcohol into acetic acid, the main ingredient of vinegar.

The main ingredients in apple cider vinegar are water, 5 to 6 percent acetic acid, and small amounts of other acids like malic acid and amino acids.

Benefits of apple cider vinegar

Though there is only preliminary research on apple cider vinegar, the few studies that have been done show that it can have a number of benefits.

1. It may help you lose weight

According to a series of small, preliminary studies, apple cider vinegar may help you lose weight.

"However, the reduction in weight has been shown to be modest," says Sapha Shibeeb, MD, a professor of physiology at Monash University in Australia.

For example, a study published in 2009 in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry followed 175 participants who went about their usual diet and exercise patterns for 12 weeks, but added a drink…
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