Apple Cider Vinegar: Weight Loss Magic or Myth?

I have a lot of patients ask me about apple cider vinegar (ACV) and how it can help them as a weight-loss strategy. What is apple cider vinegar and how did it become linked with weight loss?

As a vinegar made from fermented apple juice, the use of ACV for medicinal purposes dates back more than 2,000 years. In recent decades, ACV has been promoted as a healthy habit to jumpstart weight loss and countless supplements have flooded the market promising results.  

Here’s the truth: ACV as weight loss magic is probably a myth. 

I have read some of the anecdotal evidence about apple cider vinegar for weight loss, but in my medical practice of more than 20 years, I’ve never really seen an effective example of it working for my patients for losing weight. 

So is ACV helpful for anything? It can be.

I do recommend apple cider vinegar for a general digestion aid if you’re just looking for some natural benefits. And I do recommend it for people who are having bad indigestion, especially after meals or when they’re sleeping. There’s also a probiotic element to it. ACV has many benefits for our digestion, but I’m not aware of a mechanism in it that really helps with weight loss. 

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