For centuries apple cider vinegar has been touted as a solution for a variety of ailments. Today it is still widely used for its health benefits, which is why apple cider vinegar is the fourth food in our 5-part healthy food trend series. Compared to store-bought salad dressings, apple cider vinegar is healthy and flavorful without any added sugars or fillers.
All apple cider vinegar is high in acetic acid, but the organic, unfiltered variety has a cloudy appearance because it contains the “mother”, a substance consisting of strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria. The high acetic acid content in the vinegar aids digestion by killing bad bacteria, thereby allowing good bacteria in the gut to flourish.
Apple cider vinegar is highly beneficial for diabetics as it may help regulate elevated blood sugars. It has been proven to improve an individuals’ insulin sensitivity to high-carb meals and lowers blood sugar responses. The vinegar is a healthy solution for any individual who wants to regulate his or her blood sugars, whether he or she is diabetic or not. Apple cider vinegar also increases feelings of fullness when eating a meal and is sometimes used to suppress the appetite and support weight loss in combination with a balanced diet and work-out regimen.
And for heart-health conscious individuals, apple cider vinegar may be able to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. The antioxidant chlorogenic acid, found in the vinegar, has been shown to protect good cholesterol from being oxidized, and as a result, reduces the risk of heart disease. Let’s just say that some apple cider vinegar a day may keep the cardiologist away!
To start, the easiest way to determine if you like the taste of apple cider vinegar is to mix it with olive oil and drizzle it over a salad. Many of us are accustomed to vinegar-based dressings, so this is an easy upgrade to an old time favorite. Another option is to drink apple cider vinegar. A little goes a long way – try mixing two tablespoons of the vinegar with water and honey or grape juice for a tasty, healthy elixir. Be sure to drink this concoction with a straw because the acidity in the vinegar can eat away at tooth enamel over time. Pair this drink with one meal a day to enjoy an assortment of health benefits.
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