Wednesday, March 6, 2019

What Is Apple Cider Vinegar and Why Do I Use It?

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is vinegar made from fermented apple juice.  It is 94-95% water and 5-6% acetic acid [2]. It also contains trace amounts of other acids, such as malic acids as well as several minerals. It alone is not a good source of nutrients or fiber.   However, it’s health benefits come from its acids and even phytochemicals and it is used in cooking as well as a home remedy.

I get asked, a lot, if ACV can be used on a Ketogenic Diet.  YES!  It is an extremely low carb condiment and it effects your blood glucose levels in a positive manner.  It can help aid you into getting into ketosis a little quicker and it boosts the effects of a ketogenic lifestyle.  So, what are the benefits of ACV, you ask?  Well, here are 5!

1.  Blood Glucose Levels.  ACV can have a positive impact on blood glucose levels. Many people who go on a keto diet to so to balance out their blood glucose or manage diabetes.  the keto diet effectively lowers both blood glucose and insulin levels and ACF boosts this effect.  Studies show it reduces blood glucose and insulin response.   

2.  Reduction in Appetite   Since ACV slows down digestion it promotes a more favorable release of blood glucose, which improves overall blood glucose levels, it makes sense that it also helps curb appetite.

3.  Weight Loss   Since it does support glucose regulation and helps curb your appetite somewhat, it can definitely aid in weight loss.

4.  Inflammation.  ACV has been found to reduce inflammation, which is very hard on your body! Many diseases in our body are caused or made worse by inflammation.  ACV exerts anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant actions.

5. To Fight Bacteria.   Because ACV is acidic, it can kill bacteria, fungi, and some studies are indicating, possibly even viruses.  Acids disrupt the membranes of these microorganisms as do highly alkaline compounds. However, researchers believe that this could partially be attributed to the polyphenols in ACV.   ACV was effective against E. coli, S. aureus and Candida.

So, which ACV should you choose?   Raw and unfiltered varieties are cloudier and develop what is known as the “mother,” which is a colony of acetic acid bacteria and yeast. This structure is completely harmless and studies show that the “mother” contains health-benefiting compounds that may further boost vinegar's health effects.  So, look for one that has the “mother” written on the label.  I have been purchasing Bragg’s, which is a very good product and is easily found in most grocery stores.

Here is a picture of mine, I leave it on the counter, so that I don't forget it.   Yes, I drink it in a shot glass that I picked up on a cruise!  Yes, I make a face and a funny noise every time I drink it, but I love it, LOL!

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