Apple Cider Vinegar Before or After Meals
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By Shifa Fatima, MSc.,

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Apoorva T, MHM.

Reviewed: June 8, 2022

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Experiment Question

Should ACV be taken Before or After Meals?

Experiment Answer

Before Meals!

Having Apple cider vinegar diluted in water before meals increases the uptake of glucose to muscles, which then gets converted to energy. Because of this, glucose spikes post meal are reduced also leading to lesser cravings later

Scientific Rationale

Studies have shown that consuming ACV helps in the reduction of body fat mass and waist circumference.


With only two ingredients apple cider vinegar and water, apple cider vinegar (ACV) is one of the healthiest beverages around. Apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting the sugar from apples, which turns into acetic acid, known for its health benefits. Organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar also contains a substance called mother, which consists of strands of proteins, enzymes, and friendly bacteria that give the product a murky appearance. ACV should always be diluted in water and never consumed straight, as the acetic acid may burn your esophagus.

ACV is mostly popular because of its association with weight loss, since it promotes satiety, lowers blood sugar, and reduces insulin levels. Since it contains only three calories per tablespoon, it help you eat fewer calories, leading to weight loss. Apple cider vinegar has also shown great promise in improving insulin sensitivity and helping lower blood sugar responses after meals.

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