Healing Foods

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple Cider Vinegar

How It Heals
Pulverize apples into a slurry of juice and pulp, allow the slurry to ferment so that the fruit sugar converts to acetic acid, and you have a folk remedy for a laundry list of ailments. By helping break down proteins and other nutrients, apple cider vinegar may in fact improve digestion, says Bastyr University associate professor and certified nutritionist Jennifer Adler. Also, a study in the journal Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism found that adding 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a meal containing carbohydrates reduced postmeal blood glucose in healthy people by about 20 percent; the vinegar appears to slow the release of sugar into the bloodstream. “This may confer protection against diabetes and spur weight loss,” Adler says. The cobweb-like substance—referred to as the “mother of vinegar—that you see floating in the fluid is believed to contain most of the cider’s nutrients, enzymes, and beneficial bacteria. According to Adler, these bacteria may help boost the immune system. To best reap the brew’s medicinal benefits, Adler recommends purchasing raw unpasteurized apple cider vinegar.

Eat It Up
Apple cider vinegar’s bright, crisp taste and more-than-a-hint-of-tart flavor work well with lentil soups, slaws, baked beans, braised cabbage, and roasted winter squash. “Bean salads and cooked whole grains also take well to apple cider vinegar’s tang,” says Adler. Or try the cider in a hot or cold beverage lightly sweetened with natural honey or agave syrup.

To improve digestion and blood sugar control, Adler suggests mixing 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of water and imbibing before meals. Due to its acidity, apple cider vinegar can burn the esophagus, so adequate dilution is a must.

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Tangy Carrot-Apple Salad with Cider Vinaigrette

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Apple cider vinegar’s bright, crisp taste and more-than-a-hint-of-tart flavor work well in this salad.

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believe in Natural ways, Health is the most important thing, besides Gods ways. Love apple cider vinegar and its ways of bringing back the fountain of Youth. JR

James - 2013-09-25 21:00:21

I took this vinegar at evening meal time I got diarea so bad I'll not take it again.

Joyce - 2013-06-05 15:20:35

My family has always used raw apple cider vinegar for all types of stomach problems. Even the grandkids will slug it down when feeling nauseous because they have learned it will actually make the nausea go away quickly. The 18 year old will actually ask for it now and the 11 year old will take it when offered. Can't ask for better than that! And I rely on it daily for digestion and swear that its the reason I have not even a hint of arthritis well into my 60s. Apple cider vinegar (diluted) even goes on the kibble of my 13 year old standard poodle. She digests her dry kibble well and doesn't mind the smell or taste at all.

Someonelovesyou - 2013-02-10 13:14:31