Recently, health-minded families looking to lose weight have been choking the stuff down despite its less-than-palatable taste and the uncomfortable burning sensation as it breaks downwards. But now coconut vinegar, a naturally fermented liquid that’s made from the sap from coconut trees, is stealing the ACV’s thunder and it’s easy to understand why: It’s rumored to be more tolerant to the taste buds yet carries many of the same benefits.
Rumors are just that, rumors. To sort out fact from fiction, we chatted up a group of in-the-know nutritionists. Read on to discover how the tropical vinegar stacks up to its apple-based cousin:
Coconut vinegar is calorie- and scratch-free, but that’s not the only reason it moves over your slim-down efforts a boost. Like apple cider vinegar, coconut vinegar contains acetic acid, which helps in weight loss by boosting satiety and keeping blood-sugar levels even-keeled. Plainly put, it can help you stave off and drop pounds, explains Bjork. Coconut vinegar is also a premier source of vitamin B12, an energy-boosting nutrient that helps digestion and enhances metabolism.
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The best means to obtain a flat abdomen is a common-sense combination of diet and practice. However, coconut vinegar may make the process a bit easier, and it can be used in many of the same ways as apple cider vinegar. Vinegar can be tough on tooth enamel so consuming any more than that is bad news for your smile, says Clarke. If your taste buds haven’t quite warmed up to the flavor yet, Bjork suggests adding the stuff to your favorite homemade salad dressing, marinades, condiments or sauces instead.