Looking for a quick and easy way to lose weight? It seems like every combination of lemonade, cayenne, honey and apple cider vinegar have appeared on the market as the new miracle diet. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. A healthy diet and exercise is still the easiest way to maintain a healthy weight and some combinations can even be dangerous.
The combination of apple cider vinegar, honey and cayenne pepper is used as a detoxifier and metabolism booster. This combination may help address obesity, muscle aches, cancer and colds. However, little clinical research has been done on these ingredients separately, and none has been done on the combination.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is made when the juice of an apple is fermented and bacteria are added to form acetic acid. Apple cider vinegar has been touted for its ability to burn fat and eliminate cholesterol, but none of these claims have been proven in a scientific study. Some minor studies have shown that vinegar might reduce cholesterol and help people feel full, with no conclusive results. While apple cider vinegar is not harmful for most people to consume, it is not likely to perform diet miracles.
Honey is a sugary substance made by bees from the nectar of plants. With about 60 calories per tbsp, honey has been used for centuries for its throat soothing properties as well as its energy boosting possibilities. The National Honey Board suggests putting honey in water for an energy drink, mixing with peanut butter for a healthy snack and using it plain during long, sustained activity.
Cayenne is a member of the pepper family, high in vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin C. The heat factor of these peppers comes from the high levels of capsicum present. According to the University of Maryland, cayenne has been shown to raise metabolism, but only for short amounts of time. It has also been studied in the regulation of blood sugar and is being further investigated for its role in obesity management.
Consult a physician before beginning any diet plan. Vinegar can affect blood sugar, interact with medications and can cause damage to tissue and enamel. Cayenne contains high amounts of capsicum and can cause burns, upset stomach and can interact with medications. Seek medical treatment immediately if any abnormal side effects occur while on the diet.