You might think of apple cider vinegar as an ingredient for delicious salad dressings. But take a good look at that bottle sitting in your kitchen cupboard – its contents can do so much more than just creating a tasty meal.
Apple cider vinegar has been used in many capacities around the home for hundreds of years. It has incredible health and beauty benefits and also has many uses around the kitchen that are not related to cooking.
This type of vinegar is made from cider, or "apple must" (Apfelmost), which first undergoes fermentation. This process results in bacteria and yeast converting sugar to alcohol and then acetic acid.
Apple cider vinegar is a cloudy pale golden colour and should contain a cobweb-like substance known as "mother vinegar" which you should see settled at the bottom of the bottle. When you buy apple cider vinegar (organic and unrefined for best results), check that this "mother" is there, as it reportedly contains beneficial enzymes and bacteria, including probiotics.
Rich in minerals such as potassium, chloride, calcium, sodium, magnesium and phosphorus, trace minerals like fluorine and copper, and vitamins A, C, E, B1 and B2, we think apple cider vinegar should belong in the medicine cabinet and not in the kitchen!
Do keep in mind that if you are currently on any medications and would like to try apple cider vinegar for its health benefits, talk to your doctor first to make sure it won't interact with any of your drugs.
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