Apple Cider Vinegar Diet

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

bragg-apple-cider-vinegarThe apple cider vinegar diet involves drinking Apple Cider Vinegar, which is a tonic made by fermenting the juice of an apple.

The apple is crushed, and the juice is squeezed out. The fermentation process occurs when yeast and sugar are added to the juice.

A second process involves adding certain bacteria’s to the juice which will then convert the alcohol into acetic acid.

Most apple cider vinegars are then filtered, refined and pasteurized, however, those types aren’t suitable for use as the diet remedy.

Apple cider is the healthiest and most effective when used along with a healthy diet like The 8 Hour Diet.

Apple Cider Diet for Weight Loss

apple-cider-vinegar-dietIn the 1950s a country doctor in Vermont (Dr. D. C. Jarvis) wrote a book (Folk Medicine) that set the stage for Apple Cider Vinegar as a weight loss agent.

He claimed that regular consumption of the tonic would cause fat to be burned rather than stored. Others claim that the pectin in the vinegar will bind cholesterol and remove it from the body.

However it is all conjecture – this supplement is harmless but is unlikely to offer many health benefits – and will absolutely not cause weight loss without cutting calories.

What people call the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet is simply the act of consuming 1-3 teaspoons tonic before each meal in the hope of losing weight. There is very little (if any) evidence proving that this is effective.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Brand of ACV is the best?
Any brand that is unfiltered, organic, and unpasteurized with the “mother” seen settling at the bottom. The remedies are based on this type only. Many people recommend Bragg as the best.
Should I take apple cider vinegar before I eat or after?
Some report that ACV decreases appetite when taken before eating, this is probably because it “sours” the stomach. However, if ACV upsets your stomach taking it after eating will help.
If it doesn’t work, why do people lose weight on the ACV diet?
The mind is a powerful thing, if people believe in something, it can become reality. This is referred to as the placebo effect. Also, if it sours the stomach when taken before meals, people may eat less than they normally do.
Are there dangers from taking apple cider vinegar?
Up to 9 teaspoons of ACV a day will probably cause no ill effects, except the danger of teeth erosion if not rinsed with water after drinking. However, those that think more is better, could acidify their system, which could lead to other health problems like osteoporosis. Take only the recommended dosage to be safe.

Methods of Taking ACV

ACV is very acidic and strong in flavor, so people have devised some clever ways of taking it.

As a shotApple cider vinegar can eat the enamel of your teeth, so chase the shot with at least 8oz of water to rinse off your teeth. Injury has resulted from this method.
Diluted in waterThe more diluted the ACV the weaker the flavor.
Mixed with honeyThis is a counter productive since you are adding pure sugar calories to your diet.
Used as a salad dressingEncourages healthy eating and is a tasty low-calorie dressing.
Mixed in JuiceAgain, you end up drinking a lot of empty calories which is not advisable for weight loss.

Other ACV Folk Remedies

Apple Cider Vinegar has been used for many hundreds of years as a health tonic. Purveyors of the tonic claim that it will cure….

There are a large number of health food manufacturers who tout this vinegar as a “miracle” healer. The sad truth is that there is very little evidence to prove any of these anecdotal claims.

However, there are a few studies that show some health benefits. See references below.

A nutritional breakdown of Apple Cider Vinegar shows that it is actually quite “bland” – rather than being the nutritional “storehouse” that marketers claim.

See Also

Amazing Apple Cider Vinegar


  • Shishehbor, F., Mansoori, A., Sarkaki, A. R., Jalali, M. T., & Latifi, S. M. (2008). Apple cider vinegar attenuates lipid profile in normal and diabetic rats. Pakistan journal of biological sciences: PJBS, 11(23), 2634-2638. link
  • Hlebowicz, J., Darwiche, G., Björgell, O., & Almér, L. O. (2007). Effect of apple cider vinegar on delayed gastric emptying in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus: a pilot study. BMC gastroenterology, 7(1), 46. link
  • Hill, L. L., Woodruff, L. H., Foote, J. C., & Barreto-Alcoba, M. (2005). Esophageal injury by apple cider vinegar tablets and subsequent evaluation of products. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 105(7), 1141-1144. link
 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
Last Reviewed: December 9, 2014. Disclaimer
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