The popularity of apple cider vinegar has skyrocketed in recent years and for good reason! This is mostly because many people in the health food community raving about all its numerous health benefits. But what is fact and what is fiction?
There are many benefits to adding apple cider vinegar to your diet this includes weight loss, the reduction of cholesterol in the body, lower blood sugar levels and improved symptoms of diabetes.
One of the easiest ways to add apple cider vinegar to your diet is to drink it! Most people mix it with hot or cold water and drink it in the morning or right before a meal. Doing so is said to aid digestion, reduce bloating and heartburn. Some people prefer to take shots of it however this may cause damage to the enamel of your teeth.
A way to improve the taste of apple cider vinegar and water is to add honey. With this method, it’s best if you use warm water as it will make it easier to stir in the honey. The honey offsets the taste of the vinegar making it easier to drink and it’s almost like drinking a sweet tea. Some people also add lemon juice.
The ingredients for the mix are:
- 1 cup of warm water
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp honey
Other ways to include apple cider vinegar in your diet is simply using instead of other vinegars. You can try using it in salad dressings, marinades, pickles, chutneys, and sauces.
Some kinds of apple cider vinegar contain a culture of beneficial bacteria which is called the ‘mother’ (they are referred to as ‘unfiltered’ or ‘raw’). This bacteria culture is what turns apple cider into vinegar! The mother contains proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria, some people believe that all the health benefits, come from the mother but there is no evidence to support this!
The main active component of apple cider vinegar is acidic acids. Acidic acids help lower your blood sugar and insulin levels allowing your body to burn fat easier!
Apple cider vinegar contains high levels of amino acids and antioxidant which is great for your gut and overall health!
Apple cider vinegar is also really low in calories, there are about 22 calories per 100 grams of apple cider vinegar.