With the holiday season quickly approaching, it is likely that our exposure to sweets will increase whether we want it to or not. From dessert tables at the office to homemade baking at holiday parties, peppermint chocolate cakes and apple pies, as always, will be hard to resist. While some snacking won’t do you any harm, excessive indulging could lead to weight gain, stomach aches, and an overall decline in health. Interested in keeping your sweet cravings in check this year? Let’s investigate the popular claim that apple cider vinegar can prevent sugar cravings to find out if it will help us this holiday season. Hey, we will take all the advice we can get.
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Apple cider vinegar, which is the vinegar derived from an apple, has many proven health benefits and is used for many different home remedies. On Dr. Mehmet Oz’s website, Dr. Oz, it is stated that “the earliest known use of vinegar dates back more than 10,000 years and has been used as both food and medicine.” With many different claims to naturally help our bodies, Dr. Oz states that decreasing our appetite might not be one of them.”…One of the most popular claims—that drinking a small amount of apple cider vinegar before a meal helps curb appetite and burn fat—has little scientific support.” So, if apple cider vinegar won’t help ease our appetite, can it still restrain sugar cravings?
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Earth Clinic, a website with a collection of natural remedies, claims “Apple cider vinegar not only reduces one’s craving for sugar, but it also helps regulate and control blood glucose levels.” This is especially beneficial for those with diabetes because apple cider vinegar may be able to act as an insulin. Prevention, a website dedicated to health and fitness information, explains that drinking apple cider vinegar “before a meal may help lower your blood sugar,” according to research published in Journal of Functional Foods. Prevention further explains that “Study participants who drank a tablespoon of [apple cider vinegar] mixed with 8 ounces of water prior to eating had lower blood glucose levels compared to participants who didn’t consume the tart solution,” meaning that apple cider vinegar may actuallyhelp control blood sugar levels. But can we drink it to stop a craving in its tracks? Registered Holistic Nutritionist Julie Daniluk states on her website, Julie Daniluk, that “Vinegar has a 3-fold way of cutting out cravings. Remember to choose raw unpasteurized apple cider vinegar or organic red wine vinegar.” Additionally she states, “Vinegar helps keep food in the stomach for a longer period of time so the hunger hormone, ghrelin, is reduced, it improves digestion and helps you feel fuller faster and for a longer period of times,” among other digestive benefits, according to Julie Daniluk.
Verdict: Fiction. Apple cider vinegar seems to help control sugar cravings and digestion, but it still needs to be researched further to determine if the vinegar can help lessen our cravings. If you are interested in trying apple cider vinegar to lessen cravings, “add two tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar to a six-ounce glass of filtered water, and drink it down,” Body Ecology, a health and diet website, explains. Remember, vinegar is acidic, so be sure to rinse your mouth out after consuming it to protect your teeth. Additionally, make sure to speak with your doctor about apple cider vinegar, and remember that the most efficient way to stop sugar cravings is to have a healthy diet overall!