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There is no scientific evidence to prove that Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies aid in weight loss


Update (31 October 2022):

Another post is being shared on social media, which links to an article about a secret mineral that helps in weight loss.

According to the article, this was discovered by a University of Toronto student, Emily Stenstrom. It further claims that this mineral, known as K3 spark mineral, can help people lose 52 pounds in 28 days. The website to which the post links is designed to look like the website of USA Today. The domain name of USA Today’s website- is usatoday.com,  while the fake website’s domain name is garciatopketo.us.com.

According to the article, the K3 spark mineral, branded as Keto AVC Gummies, is the AVC Gummies about which Factly has already written a fact-check article. The previous claim is that the Apple Cider Veniger Gummies help us lose weight. We found no scientific evidence to back the claim. You can read the detailed fact-check article below. The viral post also tries to sell the same false claim through a fake USA Today article.

The article also has a thumbnail which looks like it is from an episode of shark tank. We found no relevant evidence for this. Moreover, few media outlets debunked the shark tank gummies scam. To learn more about this, you can read here and here.

Finally, to further prove that the entire article is nothing but a scam to make people fall for the false claims and to lure them into purchasing the Keto AVC Gummies, we found that the image of Emily Stenstrom, who is the alleged discoverer of the mineral belongs to Kiah Twisselman, who lost 120 pounds of weight in 1 year.

Published (01 September 2022):

A post is being shared on social media which claims that consuming 1 apple cider Gummy a day for two weeks burns fat. There are other similar posts (here and here) doing rounds on social media. Let’s fact-check these claims in this article.

Claim: Consuming Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies burns fat.

Fact: There is no scientific evidence to prove the effectiveness of Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies on weight loss. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.

The gum the post is referring to is Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies, as mentioned in a few similar posts (here and here) on social media. To confirm the veracity of the claims made in the post, we have looked for relevant scientific studies. A scientific study that aims to evaluate the evidence of the effect of Apple Vinegar on metabolic parameters and body weight in humans concluded that ’Due to inadequate research of high quality, the evidence for the health effects of AV is insufficient.’  Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Senior Faculty Editor of Harvard Health Publishing, wrote in a blog that ‘the scientific evidence that vinegar consumption (whether of the apple cider variety or not) is a reliable, long-term means of losing excess weight is not compelling.

In response to a question on Mayoclinic, if Drinking apple cider vinegar for weight loss work? Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D.  wrote that ‘Apple cider vinegar isn’t likely to be effective for weight loss…​​there’s little scientific support for these claims (Weight loss claims). Studies of apple cider vinegar for weight loss have not consistently shown significant and sustainable weight loss across diverse groups of people.

Carol S. Johnston, a professor of nutrition and associate dean of the nutrition program at Arizona State University, told USA Today that “Research does not show a benefit with weight loss in humans.”

In their article titled ‘Are There Benefits to Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies?’ Healthline wrote, ‘Health marketers claim that taking ACV gummies can promote weight loss. The research concludes that this claim is baseless. A review of 13 human and 13 animal studies concluded that there was not enough credible evidence to determine whether ACV has any beneficial effects on weight loss. More comprehensive research is needed before suggesting that ACV gummies offer any help in weight management.

“Most of the weight-loss claims [of Apple Cider Vinegar]stem from animal studies,” told Alice Figueroa, M.P.H., R.D.N., a registered dietitian and founder of Alice in Foodieland to Shape.com. “A 2016 study, for example, found that ACV prevents obesity in rats. Such animal studies have linked acetic acid, the main component of ACV, to reduced fat storage and improved metabolism — but these effects don’t necessarily apply to humans.  She also told them that currently, “there’s no peer-reviewed research on apple cider vinegar gummies”. She concluded saying, ‘There isn’t enough compelling research to classify ACV as a weight-loss intervention.

To sum up, there is no scientific evidence to prove that Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies aid in weight loss.


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