It’s no wonder tons of celebs and wellness gurus (and pretty much everyone else) have been incorporating apple cider vinegar into their health and beauty routines. From shine-boosting hair treatments to sleep-promoting bedtime elixirs, there are a slew of legitimate uses for the pantry powerhouse (which also keeps your digestion in tip-top shape, proponents say). But it turns out there’s yet another ACV benefit that you might not have considered: It can help to manage sugar cravings.
According to Savorfull founder Stacy Goldberg, RN, MPH there are several indications that ACV can effectively keep a sweet tooth under control. For starters, it contains acetic acid, known for its antimicrobial properties—and more. “The acetic acid component may [also] help prevent high glucose and insulin resistance,” says Goldberg. One study confirmed this to be true, concluding that consuming acetic acid via vinegar with a carb-heavy meal can help regulate blood sugar and insulin levels, which can be very helpful in reducing sugar cravings.
“[Apple cider vinegar] may be a tool to ward off sugar cravings and keep them at bay.” —Savorfull founder Stacy Goldberg
ACV can be super beneficial when it comes to managing your appetite, too. “There is some evidence that shows ingesting vinegar increases short-term satiety, which can aid in weight loss and maintenance when combined with a healthy diet and exercise,” says Goldberg. In other words, taking a shot of ACV with a glass of water at meal times can help you feel more full.
That said, Goldberg recommends taking a few precautions when drinking vinegar on the reg. “Certain medications may have interactions with ACV, so you should consult a physician or pharmacist first,” she says. And if you do decide to add the elixir to your routine, remember that its acidity can be harmful to your teeth, esophagus, and digestive system. “Do not drink it straight,” warns Goldberg. Instead, try mixing one tablespoon with 8 ounces of water or use it as a base for salad dressing.
“This is not a quick fix, but it may be a tool to ward off sugar cravings and keep them at bay,” Goldberg proclaims. Thirty-day sugar detox challenge, accepted.