A 2009 study from Japan making the rounds on the Internet suggests a little vinegar taken before meals is an effective diet aid. A local doctor is skeptical.
WASHINGTON — A 2009 study from Japan making the rounds on the Internet suggests a little vinegar taken before meals is an effective diet aid.
Obese adults who drank it daily in a beverage containing one or two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar lost two to four pounds over a 12-week period. A control group that ate the same diet, but without vinegar, lost none.
She says there is no scientific evidence to back up the blood sugar theory. And she points to another rationale for the weight loss: Research conducted after the Japanese study that hinted drinking vinegar just made the participants queasy, cutting their desire for food.
“If you are going to be nauseous before your meal, of course you are probably going to eat less. But is that a good long-term strategy? Not really,” Rubino says.
This fad also has the potential to be dangerous when people take the “vinegar diet” to extremes, forgetting that vinegar is extremely acidic.
“These things actually are dangerous and I don’t think it is sensible to follow this,” she emphasizes.
Still, there is a place for vinegar in helping to keep weight in check. Green salad has been shown to be a great way for dieters to start a meal and help curb their appetite before the main course — and a little vinaigrette can’t hurt.