How much apple cider vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar can be enjoyed in many forms - as part of a salad vinaigrette, in a soup or as a marinade - but the one with the most scientific credibility is to have a couple of tablespoons, diluted in water, before a meal.
The acetic acid in the wonder elixir is believed to suppress the breakdown of starches, meaning that less sugar from a carb-rich meal will be absorbed. If you're not a fan of the acidic taste of apple cider vinegar, try it in supplement form. 'Experiment with the quantity of the vinegar, and enjoy with additions such as lemon, ginger, cinnamon or manuka honey,' suggests Barbara. 'It can take time to work, so stick with it for a month to notice changes.'
Can I make my own?
Yes, you can produce apple cider vinegar by using the recipe below. You'll need jars, a warm storage area, apples, sugar and water. The main benefit of a homemade variety is that you'll produce the vinegar in its purest form. However, it can be time consuming.
What should I look for in a supplement?
Apple cider vinegar in liquid form, even once diluted, can erode teeth enamel, so many people prefer to take it as a supplement. Healthspan's apple cider vinegar comes in tablet form and, unlike many ACV products on the market, still contains the 'mother'.