Know Why Apple Cider Vinegar Is Good For You
Apple Cider Vinegar is a common ‘home remedy’used since ancient times. It is almost found in every household and used to treat a variety of health problems at home for all the beneficial properties it contains. Over the years, research studies have increasingly asserted the health benefiting properties it has, particularly, its efficacy in weight management and improving heart health, etc.
All the explain its increased popularity all over in the recent past.
What is this Apple Cider Vinegar actually?
As the name suggests, it is a vinegar. The word vinegar is of French origin and means sour wine. the vinegar made from the apples is known as Apple cider vinegar.
Usually, it is made by fermenting the sugars from the apples. The fermentation turns it into an acetic acid, the essential component in the vinegar.
Organic, unpasteurized ACV contains “mother”, a cobweb-like appearance. It also makes the vinegar look congealed slightly. It is believed that the “mother” contains the most health benefiting properties.
How is the AC prepared?
Generally, the ACV is prepared in a two-step process. In the first step, crushed apples, also known as apple cider, is exposed to yeast to ferment the sugars. In the subsequent second step, in order to further ferment the solution, bacteria is added to the fermented solution. Now, the solution turns into acetic, acid the main compound of vinegar.
What all ACV contains?
First, ACV is low in calories. It contains no more than 3 calories per tablespoon. It has acetic acid, which gives it the smell and taste. Apart from, it also contains good bacteria, multiple enzymes, and strands of proteins.
What are the health benefits of ACV?
Acetic acid is the main component of ACV, which can kill bacteria and control the multiplying before it reaches to harmful levels. For this quality, ACV used as a disinfectant, and as a natural preservative. Research studies concluded that ACV is capable of improving insulin sensitivity, thus helping to lower blood sugar levels, particularly after the meals.
Studies also suggest that vinegar can increase the fullness to help people to control cravings and eat few calories leading to weight loss.
Are there any side effects?
Apple Cider Vinegar is safe to consume and no noted side effects with the normal consumption reported. Always consume the recommended dose in a prescribed way.
Recommended use and dosage
One of the best ways to incorporate ACV in the diet is using it in the cooking. It can be used as salad dressing and mayonnaise making. It can also be consumed orally but in small quantities, that too after due dilution.
The recommended dosage is 1 to 2 tablespoons (5 to 10 ml) with 2-4 tablespoons (15-30ml) of water per day. For the optimum benefits, organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with the ‘mother’ is recommended.
Apple Cider Vinegar is healthy for its natural health benefitting properties, it is to be remembered that it’s not a cure-all miracle as some people believe.
Still, it has some clear health benefits like helping to maintain blood sugar levels and weight management.
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