In Mandy’s Pantry: Apple Cider Vinegar

Google knows everything, and it certainly knows all about the health benefits of apple cider vinegar as I discovered when I googled it earlier today.

The last recipe I posted, the Kits Kale Salad Recipe, called for apple cider vinegar (or ACV) and the night we made it, I had asked the person hosting to go out and buy an entire bottle of it for this recipe since she didn’t have it in her pantry.  So, this post goes out to her, as I’m sure she’d like to be enlightened about why I made her buy an entire bottle and how else she can use it in her daily life.

What is it?

ACV is a type of vinegar made from apple juice, and fermented into apple cider.   To make it into vinegar, it’s fermented twice.  There are a couple of different types, and the type I’m writing about is raw, organic and unpasteurized.

How healthy is it?

The best part about ACV is that it’s 100% natural.  Here are just some of the reasons why it’s a staple in my pantry:

1)  Alkalizing Effect

Like lemons, ACV has an alkalizing effect on the body.  It’s not quite as tasty to put a tablespoon of ACV into your morning water, but it is certainly as effective, and if I’m ever out of lemons, I do that.

2)  Digestion

This is my favourite use for ACV!  It helps with acid reflux, heartburn or a general indigestion in the stomach.  As it’s full of beneficial enzymes, a little shot of it, or a tablespoon, really helps relieve any symptoms of heartburn or indigestion (unless the problem is related to ulcers).

3)  Weightloss

ACV has been talked about a lot for weightloss, and there are a couple of reasons why.  It has shown to make you feel more satiated, thereby you eat less; there are also studies* that show it to lower blood glucose levels, which can also help manage weight.

4)  Skin

ACV is anti-bacterial and anti-septic, and the alkalizing effect is great for your skin too!  Below is a recipe for an ACV toner.

5)  Joint Health

ACV is also high in the minerals magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and potassium.  These minerals are particularly important for joint health.

Where can I buy it?

Not just a health food store, but every grocery store! Now there is no excuse not to go get some.

Other ways to use it:

  • As mentioned, any salad dressing recipe
  • As a natural cleaner (regular vinegar works as well, but this has a nicer smell) – 1:2 ratio ACV to water
  • Use it as a face toner – 1:1 ratio ACV to water

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