There is a lot of information on the Internet and on Facebook about how beneficial apple cider vinegar is for you. There are, in fact, 80 bajillion pins on Pinterest and on blogs. This is article 80 billion and 1. I really dislike the idea of drinking vinegar. So I thought I’d share a few alternative ideas, but just to recap what’s all over the earth about ACV, here are a handful of the health benefits that may come with including just 1-2 tablespoons a day in your diet:
- Helps aid weight loss, appetite suppressant, and metabolism booster
- Helps reduce acid reflux and heartburn
- Contains powerful antioxidants
- Helps balance blood sugar
- Helps boost your immune system
- Helps with nutrient absorption
(I’m sure you trust me but David Wolfe has much better explanations of WHY it does these things. I’m all about efficiency when reading articles so if you want to know more … read on)
What to look for when you buy:
- Opt for Raw, unfiltered, preferably organic. When a product is pasteurized, the health benefits are pretty much eliminated.
- Look for the kind with the floating stuff in it. It looks, to be real, kind of gross to have “stuff” floating in something you are going to ingest. But I can assure you, in this case, it’s a good thing. The “mother” as it is often called are strands of protein and beneficial bacteria – much like a SCOBY in kombucha making. It’s what gives ACV its potent health benefits. The clear pasteurized vinegar are better for cleaning and non-edible purposes. If the mother grosses you out, shake it up so it’s not all collected in the bottom.
Sounds good right? Just mix 2 tablespoons into a glass of water and chug away. Except – if you are anything like me, the idea of drinking vinegar water, even if sweetened, sounds about as appealing as a dentist appointment.
I do not drink apple cider vinegar.
I have heard of people doing “shots” of it in the morning to help alkalize their body for the day and while this all sounds good and well, it sounds harsh on the throat. The best part of wakin’ up is not apple cider vinegar in your cup…. *cue Folgers jingle* – unless you really can roll that way. If you can and do… you’re kind of a badass. I’m clearly a wuss.
Ways to add apple cider vinegar to your day without drinking it:
- Drizzle over vegetables (with cayenne pepper or garlic!)
- Use in a salad dressing (recipe below)
- Mix with miso paste (fermented food!) and make a dip
- Drizzle over baked sweet potato or zucchini “fries”
- Did I mention salad dress? Make salad dressing, dude.