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This Pantry Staple Can Help Boost Fat, Dial Down Hunger, and Banish Bloat

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You may have heard about the amazing weight loss benefits of apple cider vinegar — or maybe you’ve just used it in salad dressing or a home-cooked meal — but have been nervous about its intense taste on its own. Swigging on vinegar, even if it is good for you, doesn’t sound very fun. But you can get all that ACV has to offer without having to plug your nose while drinking it. Read on to find out how it can help you shed unwanted pounds, plus three tasty, fall-inspired ACV beverages that you’ll actually want to drink.

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Boosts Fat Burn

Sipping apple cider vinegar daily can help you shed 10 percent of your body fat in six weeks without making any other lifestyle changes, say Japanese researchers. Credit goes to cider’s acetic acid, which shuts down fat-storing enzymes in the liver and switches on fat-burning genes.

Dials Down Hunger

The kitchen staple is chock-full of short-chain fatty acids, which trigger the release of the “I’m full” hormones that ward off hunger. In fact, University of Arizona scientists found that subjects in their study consumed an average of 1,900 fewer calories each week when they sipped an apple cider vinegar–spiked sip before meals. That’s enough to lose 28 pounds in a year!

Banishes Bloat

A blend of two acids (malic acid and tartaric acid) in apple cider vinegar stimulates the digestive tract to speed stomach emptying and flush out trapped fluids. The effect is so powerful that UCLA investigators say a sip with just one tablespoon of the vinegar can shrink your waistline in 24 hours.

Here are the recipes for three delicious and healthy apple cider vinegar drinks to make at home!

Mango-Orange Contentment

Mango-Orange Contentment
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  • 1⁄2 cup mango juice
  • 1⁄2 cup orange juice
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Bring first three ingredients to a boil. Stir in vinegar. Makes 1 serving.

Cinnamon-Apple Sipper

Cinnamon-Apple Sipper
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  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

In pot, combine first four ingredients; over high heat, bring to a boil. Simmer three minutes. Pour into mug; stir in vinegar. Makes 1 serving.

Mixed Berry Blastoff

Mixed Berry Blastoff
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  • 3⁄4 cup cranberry-raspberry juice
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1⁄4 cup mixed berries
  • 1 hibiscus tea bag
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Bring juice and spice to a boil. Add berries and tea bag; steep three minutes. remove bag. Stir in vinegar. Makes 1 serving.

This article originally appeared in our print magazine, First For Women.

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