The cider vinegar diet is a method of weight loss that requires the addition of apple cider vinegar to the daily diet, usually through drinking several teaspoons before a meal. The vinegar can also be added to meals, or an apple cider vinegar supplement can be taken. If drunk, it is advised that the vinegar be diluted with water and that the mouth be rinsed out afterwards.
When it comes to losing weight, it has been suggested that the intake of apple cider vinegar can help to increase metabolism, allowing the body to break down and absorb the nutrients from food more quickly and efficiently. The vinegar also contains pectin, which can make a person feel fuller and be less likely to overeat or want to snack.
There is little evidence to suggest that incorporating apple cider vinegar into the diet aids weight loss, despite claims that drinking it helps to burn fat. There are concerns that regular intake could cause adverse effects; the high acidity levels could cause irritation to the throat and could contribute to low potassium levels through interactions with certain drugs and supplements, such as insulin and diuretics.
Apple cider vinegar has several other health benefits when ingested regularly. It can help the body maintain an alkaline pH, which can help prevent acidosis and kidney stones. It can also be used to help balance blood-sugar levels, which can be particularly useful for diabetics.