Raw apple cider has had a rich history of use for thousands of years. Besides it’s culinary benefits, it’s one of those folk remedies that a lot of people swear by. And like many folk remedies, there are many claims made. I don’t know if all of the claims are true, but this traditional vinegar certainly has benefits. I suspect that like many folk remedies, some of the claims will be proven true after more scientific study.
Apple Cider Vinegar can be Delicious
However, regardless of whether apple cider vinegar is really the cure all that it’s claimed to be, I do think that it’s a smart choice to use in salad dressings as it’s unprocessed and a purer product than many vinegars. That’s why I choose to use it so much in my cookbook, Fresh: Nourishing Salads for all Seasons. I knew that this natural vinegar, still raw with active enzymes and trace minerals was a common sense choice. When I first started making salad dressings with apple cider vinegar, I was definitely afraid that my salad dressings wouldn’t taste good. Some of my friends will drizzle apple cider vinegar and olive oil on lettuce as a simple dressing……..it’s not my favorite. And I was imagining all of my salads using raw apple cider vinegar tasting similar. But I soon had a favorite dressing using it, and when I created more recipes for my cookbook, I was even more surprised at how versatile it was. I made all of my dressings in the book with apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, or lemon juice.
Apple Cider Vinegar is Frugal
What I also love about using raw apple cider vinegar is that it’s much cheaper than most vinegars per ounce. This has helped with my budget, especially since we are eating salads all the time right now. Organic vinegars can definitely add up. I also use it when soaking grains overnight. And you can also often buy it in bulk through co-ops and such.
History of Apple Cider Vinegar
“The best known of the vinegars in natural health circles is the kind made from apples. Apple cider vinegar is cheap and easy to use, and it really benefits our health in numerous ways. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, thought of it as a powerful elixir and a naturally occurring antibiotic and antiseptic that fights germs. Ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks used it. And apple cider vinegar is mentioned in the Bible as an antiseptic and healing agent.Even Columbus had barrels of vinegar on his ships for the prevention of scurvy. Indeed, apple cider vinegar has been used for thousands of years, as both health and a cleansing agent.”
The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, by Jonny Bowden
Blood Sugar and Digestion
I don’t find it surprising that some studies are finding benefit to apple cider vinegar. For example, one study published in 2004 found that when apple cider vinegar (drank in some water before a high glycemic meal) improved “postprandial insulin sensitivity in insulin-resistant subjects.” A follow up study showed that it also helped weight loss! A salad at the beginning of the meal with vinegar, may be helpful in managing blood sugar!
I had mentioned in my last post that the Body Ecology website had mentioned apple cider vinegar being helpful for aiding digestion. I further found in another article this comment by them. ” Apple cider vinegar helps stimulate your stomach acid, aiding the digestion of protein and fats. Good digestion is essential for staying healthy and naturally slim.” So the claim is that it helps digestion by actually stimulating stomach acid, something many of us are low in which may prevent us from properly digesting protein. I have read references to a study that supposedly shows that apple cider vinegar aids in digestion, but as of today, have not been able to find it.
Regardless, this traditional vinegar is full of trace minerals, enzymes, and a great addition to a healthy diet. What I don’t recommend is drinking a lot of it in water if it gives you stomachaches, as some people experience. And never drink it straight.
What to Buy
Raw, unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar. I also always buy it in glass jars.
But I am curious about my readers. Have you used raw apple cider vinegar for blood sugar control, weight loss, digestion, or any of the 101 other ways it can be used? What was your result?
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