Apple cider vinegar is a juice made by fermentation of apples in sugared water. It is a popular home remedy and has been used for centuries, be it for medicinal purposes or cooking. Today apple cider vinegar is used for marinades, salad dressings, cooking as well as making drinks.
Vinegar has always been known for its various health benefits; apple cider vinegar also helps with beautifying your skin while making your body healthier. This is why this is used in many skincare products and used by many for skin purposes. It also has antioxidant properties.
Here are few science-backed benefits of apple cider vinegar:
• Healthy substances: Apple cider vinegar contains 6-7% of acetic acid, which is known and proved for its myriad health benefits. This acid is achieved by fermenting the sugar in apples which creates acetic acid. It also contains potassium, enzymes, and a good amount of friendly bacteria, which gives it its distinct colour and sharp odour.
• Preserves food and kills bacteria: For centuries, vinegar has been used on wounds to kill bacteria. In certain households, it is used for cleaning and disinfection purposes. Diluted amounts of apple cider vinegar, if used on the face, can help clear acne. One can easily preserve food items from going bad by keeping them in apple cider vinegar.
• Helps achieve weight loss: According to a study, vinegar intake leads to feeling full, which means you will eat fewer calories. Having vinegar alongside a high-carb meal leads to people feeling fuller faster and eating 250-300 calories less than usual. Fewer calories can help you lose weight more quickly.
How to incorporate apple cider vinegar into your diet?
People can add apple cider vinegar in salads as a dressing. Some even like to take 1-2 tablespoons in one glass of water and drink that as an early morning beverage.
- Apples – • 7-8 medium-sized (diced along with peels)
- Sugar – 6-7 tsp (if you’re trying to avoid sugar, then substitute it with honey of the same quantity)
- Water – 6-7 cups (the ratio between the sugar and water should be the same, i.e. 1 tsp of sugar = 1 cup of water)
Recipe for homemade apple cider vinegar
- Take a large jar and fill it three-quarters with Apple slices.
- Put sugar in warm water, do not boil, stir till it dissolves.
- Pour the water into the jar.
- Use a muslin cloth or thin fabric to cover the mouth of the jar.
- Seal it with the lid.
- Let it sit in a dark and warm place for two weeks. The smell of fermenting apples will let you know the process is happening.
- After two weeks, strain the mixture to remove any large pieces of apple still left, squeeze them to extract maximum juice.
- Again seal this juice and let it rest for four weeks in a dark warm place.
- After four weeks, the juice will be fully fermented, and your Apple cider vinegar is ready for consumption!