To Burn More Fat, Drink Apple Cider Vinegar
By: Julie Hand
Research shows that apple cider vinegar increases ketosis – the metabolic state your body undergoes when it burns fat for fuel in the absence of glucose from carbs. Ahead, why apple cider vinegar is not your average vinegar, plus its superb healing attributes – including helping you to shed unwanted weight.
How is apple cider vinegar different from other vinegar?
One of the most valuable qualities of vinegar is its acetic acid content, and of all vinegars, apple cider vinegar contains the most. In fact, traditional white vinegar is simply a diluted form of acetic acid – often only measuring up to about 5% – which is why other vinegars (with lower amounts of acetic acid) are not as nutritionally potent.
The magic of acetic acid happens when it is distilled during the vinegar fermentation process. In the case of apple cider vinegar, this is a rather lengthy phase in which sugars are also processed. Apple cider vinegar is nutritionally potent because it contains little sugar and few carbs due to this special fermentation.
What does acetic acid do for you?
Acetic acid is known to assist with numerous bodily functions. It supports healthy cholesterol levels, cardiovascular rhythms, improves memory, helps detox the body, and even improves physical recovery. One study found that taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed lowered blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes by up to 6 percent the following morning. And the studies are only mounting…
Old and new research shows acetic acid supports ketosis
Studies going back as far as the 1940s demonstrate that acetic acid possesses ketogenic qualities in fasting lab animals. Now, new research links acetic acid and ketosis to mitochondrial (cellular) health. The theory here is that when you’ve attained ketosis, apple cider vinegar increases the number of mitochondria in your cells by stimulating a particular metabolic pathway called PGC-1 alpha. What this implies is that by adding apple cider vinegar to your diet after you’ve achieved ketosis, you can actually improve your mitochondrial efficiency – i.e., produce more cellular energy – which improves energy levels and boosts keto clarity. Apple cider vinegar actually increases ketosis, which is ultra-important for all you keto fans out there, who consume tons of fat in your diet.
Buy the best apple cider vinegar on the shelf
So, how do you get your hands on the best bottle of apple cider vinegar? Look for the cloudiest, murkiest concoction you can find. There’s a nutritional term for these cobweb-like substances floating in your vinegar – the “mother,” protein strands of healthy enzymes and probiotic bacteria created during the fermentation process.
Get your daily tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
The shot-glass approach isn’t recommended — it’s bad for your teeth, throat, and stomach. However, there are other ways to up to apple cider vinegar intake:
- Add apple cider vinegar to a cup of warm water (2-10 oz) and drink it like a tonic or tea. Feel free to add lemon, ginger, cinnamon, or turmeric to give your drink a little kick.
- There’s also the salad dressing solution: Bulletproof Satisfying Salad Dressing. This recipe combines Brain Octane Oil and apple cider vinegar — a vinaigrette that will definitely aid in ketosis — as both ingredients increase your fat-burning state.
- If you’re more of a cooking maven, try your hand at a soup or stew. There are a plethora of recipes on the internet. Though for those of you looking for something unique to do with your apple cider vinegar, we scoured the web and found these 2 crafty concoctions:
Image via My Recipes
Pair this recipe with one of the keto-friendly breads here and you’ll maintain a ketogenic state. This toast is so unique, you’ll enjoy serving it to guests too.
Image via All Day I Dream About Food
Under 5 net carbs per serving, low-carb and grain-free, these nuggets bring out the best of apple cider vinegar. Apples can be suspect due to high-pesticide content, so be sure to buy organic.
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