Does Apple Cider Vinegar Help with Weight Loss?

“Does Apple Cider Vinegar Help with Weight Loss?” Vinegar has evidently been used as a weight-loss aid for nearly 200 years, but does it work? Well, like hot sauce, it can be a nearly calorie-free way to flavor foods, and there’s all sortsof tasty exotic vinegars out there now like fig, peach, and pomegranateto choose from.

But the question is: is there something special about vinegar that helps with weight loss? Vinegar is defined as simply a dilute solution of acetic acid, which takes energy for our body to metabolize, activating an enzyme called AMPK, which is like our body’s fuel gauge.

If it senses that we’re low, triggers energy production, and tells the body to stop storing fat and start burning fat. And so given our obesity epidemic, it is crucial that oral compounds with high bioavailability are developed to safely induce chronic AMPK enzyme activation, which would potentially bebeneficial for long-term weight loss. No need to develop such a compound, though, if you can buy it at any grocery store.

We know vinegar can activate AMPK in human cells, but is the dose one might get sprinkling it on a salad enough? If you take endothelial cells, blood-vessel-lining cells, from umbilical cords after babies are born and expose them to various levels of acetate, which is what the acetic acidin vinegar turns into in our stomach, it appears to take a concentration of at least 100 to really get a significant boost in AMPK.

So there you go — vinegar helps with both appetite control and food intake, though these effects were largely dueto the fruity vinegar concoctions invoking feelings of nausea.

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So is that what was going on here? Were the vinegar groups just eating less? No, the vinegar groups were eating about the same compared to placebo. Same diet, more weightloss, thanks perhaps, to the acetic acid’s impact on AMPK.

Now the CT scans make this a very expensive study, so I was not surprised it was funded by a company that sells vinegars, which is good, since otherwise we wouldn’t have these amazing data. But is also bad because it always leaves you wondering if the funding source some how manipulated the results.

But the nice thing about companies funding studies about healthy foods, whether it’s some kiwi fruit company, or the National Watermelon Promotion Board.

Is that what’s the worst that can happen? Here, for example. If the findings turned out to be bogus, worse comes to worse, your salad would just be tastier.