Apple Cider Vinegar
What is ACV?
Throughout the ups and downs of the health trends over the last few years, apple cider vinegar has remained a go-to for wellness gurus trying to up their health game. So, what is it, you ask? ACV is born when yeast digests the sugars in apples and converts them into alcohol. During the fermentation process, strands of bacteria, protein and enzymes (referred to as ‘The Mother’, who knew?) develop on the alcohol liquids and turn them into an ‘acetic’ liquid. This liquid is then combined with cider and boom, you have ACV.
Why is it good for me?
ACV became popular surely not for it’s taste but rather what it does to the body. We’ve all heard that fermented foods (hint: kombucha) are great for gut and digestive health and ACV is no exception. Apple cider vinegar has been shown to fight harmful bacteria and pathogens and helps with blood sugar regulation. We know, this ‘blood sugar’ topic keeps coming up but trust us, keeping control over it is what you need for optimal health, weight control, and anti-aging. The acetic liquid promotes the liver to store more glucose as opposed to being absorbed by your fat cells (hint: glucose is the sugar that your body turns into energy when you eat carbohydrates). One study even shows that blood sugar was reduced by 34% by consuming ACV prior to eating white bread. Along with eating 3 well balanced meals throughout the day (fat, protein, greens, some complex carbohydrates), ACV can greatly improve your ability to regulate insulin production and hence will help you shed those last few pounds if you’ve been hanging on to.
Not only does it help with hormone regulation, ACV has been shown to actually increase satiety (i.e. making you feel fuller quicker and earlier) which may result in less calories consumed in the long run.
Lastly, but certainly not least, ACV has suggested that it may benefit your heart health and reduce bad cholesterol. One Harvard study shows that women who ate salad dressing with vinegar had an overall lesser risk of heart disease. (Check out our favorite dressing below). The bottom line here is, ACV by itself won’t make you lose weight or cure/ prevent disease, but a little bit of this in your recipes and in your morning lemon water is ABSOLUTELY a step in the right direction.
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You can even use it to make PIZZA. Grab a box of Simple Mills Almond Flour Pizza Dough and add a little ACV to the mixture. VOILA! Check out this recipe by Real Simple Good