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When we talk about the benefits of vinegar we are referring to unpasteurized or distilled vinegar. The best apple cider vinegar is brown in appearance and has a layer of what looks like sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The white vinegar that you see in most grocery stores has been distilled and pasteurized killing almost all the beneficial ingredients.
Health Benefits of Vinegar
Listed below are a few of this health product's many benefits:
Vinegar is made by taking crushed, fresh ripe apples, and placing them in containers to ferment. Some producers use wooden barrels to speed the fermentation process. The fermenting process creates good bacteria and enzymes that provides the many health benefits of vinegar. Fermentation produces what is called "mother" the slimy layer you seen when looking at a bottle of raw apple cider vinegar. The "mother" contains the good bacteria and enzymes that make this product so healthy. Vinegar goes through a double fermentation process. It can take several months to make.
Because of vinegar's strong acidic taste most people prefer to take it mixed in water or honey.
Take two tablespoons of vinegar and two tablespoons of honey and mix together. Some people prefer additional water.
Some prefer to take their daily dose of apple cider vinegar in water. Take two tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar and add to one gallon of water. Add honey or agave nectar to taste.
It is recommended that you add apple cider vinegar to your regular diet when ever possible. For example, you can add apple cider vinegar to homemade salad dressings. Add the vinegar in place of the oil called for in the recipe.
You can also sprinkle vinegar on your fries or potato chips for added flavor.
We hope you have learned more about the health benefits of vinegar and will begin using it both as a health supplement and as an added ingredient in your cooking!
In addition to the health benefits of vinegar it also has some practical household uses as well. Caution; use only white distilled vinegar for cleaning, apple cider vinegar will stain porous materials.