The features of the vinegar honey diet include drinking a mixture of apple cider vinegar, honey, and water or fruit juice with the intention of achieving weight loss, improving cardiac health and balancing blood sugar levels. However, WebMD and Mayo Clinic both state that there is little evidence to show that apple cider vinegar truly helps with weight loss.
Recipes for the vinegar honey diet drink vary but generally range from 1 to 2 teaspoons or 1 to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with honey and diluted with either water or fruit juice. Apple cider vinegar should never be taken straight due to its acidic nature, and the honey helps to cut the taste and make it more palatable.
Although proponents of the diet claim that consuming apple cider vinegar on a regular basis is helpful for weight loss, as of 2015, there has only been one formal study done on the matter. The results of the study indicate that apple cider vinegar may help to activate genes that break down fat, but overall there is not enough evidence to conclude that the consumption of apple cider vinegar plays a significant role in weight loss.
One proven health benefit of apple cider vinegar is the role it plays in balancing blood sugar levels. There is evidence to suggest that apple cider vinegar does help to lower blood sugar levels due to its anti-glycemic effect on the body.