Friday, July 28, 2017

What does apple cider vinegar do?

First of all, what is apple cider vinegar?  In fact, what is vinegar, anyway?  Vinegar is simply acidic water produced by fermentation.  It's production and use (as far as recorded history goes) dates back to the ancient Egyptians.  It's primary purpose is, and always has been, a preservative - i.e. pickling.  As for the the type and flavor, that depends on what was used to ferment it with.

Aside from pickling, vinegar is an important ingredient in lots of food items and recipes.  It also has other properties, which brings us to... apple cider vinegar.

Fermented from cider, apple cider vinegar (ACV) is one of those folk 'medicines' that has made the transition into mainstream popularity.  Whether you’ve come across it in a recipe or as part of the Ultimate Reset, chances are you’ve heard of it and its potential benefits. Since the age of Hippocrates, vinegar has been used to combat infections and other ailments - and help support healthy skin and fuller hair.

It's believed by many that daily consumption of ACV helps your body in a variety of ways, including cleansing, weight loss and disease prevention.  Can any of these benefits be scientifically proven?  The answer is yes, as there has been research done on it.

Three Proven Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

1)  It may help you lose weight.

Consuming vinegar with your meal can increase feelings of fullness, which should keep you from overeating. One study found that people ate 200-275 fewer calories for the rest of the day when they consumed vinegar with their meal.

2)  It can clean fruits, veggies, and more.

When mixed with lemon juice, vinegar has been proven to clean fruits and veggies and eliminate traces of salmonella.  Vinegar can also be used to clean surfaces around the house.

3)  It could reduce the glycemic index of other foods.

A 2003 study from the National Institute of Health and Nutrition in Japan found that vinegar consumed with white rice significantly decreased the rice’s glycemic index value. This suggests that vinegar could help slow down the release of sugar into the blood stream.

How to use Apple Cider Vinegar:

Do not drink this stuff straight.

If you’re going to ingest ACV, mix one tablespoon with at least eight ounces of water or juice.  You’ll want to dilute it because it tastes (and smells) quite pungent, and because acetic acid can be dangerous when consumed in high concentrations.  If you’re using it to add flavoring to food, consider mixing it with olive oil, salt, and honey.

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