Is apple cider vinegar really a wonder food and is it worth taking?

Can vinegar aid weight loss?

Health News

Folk medicine has favoured apple cider vinegar for centuries and many claims are made for its supposed benefits.

 

Apple cider vinegar is made by chopping apples, covering them with water and leaving them at room temperature until the natural sugars ferment and form ethanol. Bacteria then convert this alcohol into acetic acid.

 

Strands of a “mother” will form in the cider. These are strained out of many products but left in others, and are often the target of health claims. The “mother” can also be used to start the production of the next batch of cider.

 

But will apple cider vinegar really help you lose weight, fight heart disease, control blood sugar and prevent cancer? And what about claims it is rich in enzymes and nutrients such as potassium?

 

Weight loss

 

The evidence that apple cider vinegar helps fight fat is weak.

 

A short-term study in Japan added two daily drinks of 15 millilitres of apple cider vinegar mixed with 250 ml of water to the usual diet of overweight men and women. Their weight fell by about one kilogram over 12 weeks, but returned to usual levels within four weeks.

 

According to a UK study, it may be that vinegar can suppress appetite. When offered a pleasant-tasting vinegar drink, one that was less palatable, or a non-vinegar drink with their breakfast, volunteers who downed both vinegar drinks felt slightly nauseated. Not surprisingly, this depressed their appetite, with the least palatable vinegar drink having the greatest effect.

 

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Peepli Live’ actor Sitaram Panchal passes away

 

Bollywood News

Bollywood actor Sitaram Panchal passed away early morning today after battling kidney and lung cancer. He was 54.

 

The actor, who made his Bollywood debut in 1994 with “Bandit Queen” and went on to feature in critically-acclaimed films such as, “Peepli Live”, “Slumdog Millionaire”, “Paan Singh Tomar” and “Jolly LLB 2”, died at his residence here, family sources confirmed.

 

“He died today morning. He was suffering from cancer and was unwell. He wasn’t keeping well in the last few months,” family sources said.

 

The actor had celebrated his 26th wedding anniversary with his son Rishabh Panchal and wife Uma Panchal on Wednesday.

 

Panchal’s son had posted a picture with the actor and wished his parents– “Happy 26th anniversary mom and dad.”

 

Last month, Panchal had even put up a post on social media seeking financial help for his cancer treatment.

 

“Brothers, please help me, I have cancer, your artiste, Sitaram Panchal,” he had written.

 

Cine & TV Artistes Association (CINTAA) then came forward to help the actor.

 

“We assure him of all the help we can provide to him in his hour of need and also urge all of you to open your hearts,” it wrote at the time.

 

He was discharged from the hospital last month.