Apple Cider Vinegar
For centuries, apple cider vinegar has been used for a variety of purposes from cooking to household chores like cleaning. Recently, however, it is becoming more popular as people learn about of various health benefits that can’t be experienced with some other more traditional vinegars. But what exactly makes apple cider vinegar so beneficial? Here is a quick primer on apple cider vinegar (or ACV) and how you can incorporate it into your everyday lives.
What Exactly Is Apple Cider Vinegar?
It is a vinegar that is derived from the fermentation of apple cider. It has a pale amber color, a strong vinegar taste with just a hint of apple. It is generally available in two forms: filtered and pasteurized vinegar, or unpasteurized —which is usually organic— vinegar that contains mother of vinegar and other helpful probiotics.
Mother of vinegar is a living culture of bacteria and cellulose that almost resembles a spider web-like substance that is found in natural cider vinegar. Don’t let that turn you off, this floating “stuff” is what makes this type of vinegar so beneficial for your health, along with the added minerals and of course the acid in the vinegar.
Common Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV can be used like every other form of vinegar. You can use it as a quick salad dressing by combining with oil, a little mustard, salt, pepper, and your favorite fresh or dried herbs.
Use it in any recipe that calls for vinegar. Incorporating raw vinegar, particularly in salads, other dishes, and things like green smoothies that aren’t cooked is a great way to add more of this beneficial vinegar into your diet.
Some people will take shots of apple cider vinegar in order to get the maximum benefits. Just pour approximately a single ounce shot and drink it straight and wash it down with a bit of water. If the taste is a bit overwhelming, try diluting it in half with water.
Switchel, an old-fashioned drink similar to lemonade, is another option for drinking apple cider vinegar in beverage form. To make switchel, pour ice into a large glass, add a shot of vinegar and fill with water. Add honey, simple syrup, stevia, or sweetener of your choice to taste.
No matter how you use apple cider vinegar, you will start to feel the health benefits thanks to its probiotics, live cultures, and other important minerals.