With the increasing popularity of apple cider as a health remedy for numerous ailments, many may wonder which apple cider cures are fact and which ones are truly just fiction.
The truth is that much of the marketing hype is just that: hype. So to help clarify which benefits you can really expect from adding apple cider vinegar to your daily routine, we address in one of our recent “Get The Skinny” segments the true science behind the claims.
What Apple Cider is:
Yeast ferments apple sugars into alcohol, which bacteria then convert into acetic acid. This acetic acid bacteria forms a slimy film that’s referred to as the “mother” of vinegar, a collection of enzymes and probiotics (“good” bacteria) that gives apple cider vinegar its cloudy appearance.
Natural diuretic: Has a natural diuretic effect, helping to reduce excess fluid retention
Blood sugar control: One ounce (two tablespoons) apple cider vinegar with meals can reduce glucose levels, improve insulin sensitivity and significantly improve blood sugar control.
Improve heart health: May lower blood pressure, reduce triglycerides and “bad” LDL cholesterol and increase “good” HDL cholesterol.
Weight loss aid? Supplementing with apple cider vinegar isn’t likely to help “melt away” body fat. But it can help stabilize blood sugar levels and it may help slow stomach emptying, both of which can help curb cravings and hunger.
How to Incorporate Apple Cider Vinegar:
Always dilute it. The acidity can damage tooth enamel and the lining of the esophagus. My preference: Simply mix 2 tablespoons with 8-12 ounces warm/hot water and lemon juice.
- Pre-Mixed Apple Cider Vinegar Drinks like Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar All Natural Drinks
- 0 calories, 0 carbs, 0 sugar
- Available plain, sweetened with stevia or in flavors like Limeade and Ginger Spice
- Ingredients are simple: Water, apple cider vinegar, stevia and add-ins like ginger or lime juice
- Make a vinaigrette like Vega Tapas Café’s Apple Cider Vinaigrette
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup water
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup canola oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
For more details on this topic, read Molly’s “Get The Skinny” article on WGNO New Orleans.