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Apple Cider Vinegar Diet Review

Updated on August 28, 2011

Introducing the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet

If you pay attention to the weight loss world, or are just a fan of the old fashioned home remedies, then there's a good chance you may have heard of the apple cider vinegar diet. Apple cider vinegar has long been considered a natural homeopathic treatment for many different conditions such as certain types of allergies, the flu, sinus infections, acne, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, gout, arthritis, and more. Many people are going to be a little bit skeptical about these claims, and that's easy to understand. However, one might also go to far the other way and just assume that the apple cider vinegar diet would have a lot behind it since this stuff has been used for so many different purposes. Then again...

In a world full of skeptics and cons and snake oil salesmen, it makes sense that anyone with even a couple pennies of common sense would have a hard time buying into anything described as "bona fide" or a "miracle." That's what many of us in this modern world call "time to run" language.

The truth is however that apple cider vinegar has been used for years as a home remedy and there is some science both for and against apple cider vinegar whether as a home treatment or as a weight loss and diet plan.

One thing that is important to note in all of this is that apple cider vinegar is mostly a homeopathic remedy that does not have a lot of scientific study to back it up at this point. So far, the majority of scientific study into apple cider vinegar is in the very earliest of preliminary stages, in part because there's no giant drug company trying to corner the market. There have been mixed results so far, and "inconclusive" might be the only accurate way to describe them, and the diet is in question as well as far as weight loss claims, but most agree that there is a positive effect in the decreasing of morning blood sugar.

As with many things, there seem to be both pros and cons with adding apple cider vinegar into a diet plan, and the jury is still out on any consistent weight loss benefits. If more research continues, then maybe time will deliver a more clear answer. However, just about everyone agrees that it is a very good idea to dilute the apple cider vinegar in either water or juice to be made more palatable as the acetic acid is bitter and potentially caustic. Using it to flavor dishes and salads instead of salt seems the most promising to promoting heart health.

So What About the Vinegar Diet Itself?

While there might be a lot of criticism on the apple cider vinegar diet, on the plus side it is a very easy plan to follow.  Simply drink one, two, or three spoonfuls of apple cider vinegar:

  • Before a moderately proportioned breakfast
  • Before a moderately proportioned lunch
  • Before a moderately proportioned dinner

On the first day start with one, and even dilute it in a quarter to half glass of water if that makes it easier, and then work your way up as your body gets used to it.  Never take more than three before a meal, as the heavy acidic nature of the vinegar at that point may simply be too much for your body to handle.  There are also apple cider vinegar diet pills available, but there are a lot of questions as to how effective (or not) they really are.

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    • Jerry G2 profile image

      Jerry G2 7 years ago from Cedar Rapids, IA

      Yes, I do believe that taking apple cider vinegar straight up would be pretty freaking nasty. Dilution is the key according to this diet, and I'm not sure how effective it is, but most things that have a long record of use in homeopathic medicine have their favored status for a reason. Thanks for the comments on my apple cider vinegar diet review!

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      ocbill 7 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      Great suggestions on how to implement it into meals. At first I just took a swig on its own and that was ...obscene.. Now I dilute it whe I do take it. I've read about this natural cure before by Kevin Trudeau

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I have wondered about this diet before.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your honest and down-to-earth opinion. Great hub and thank you.