Apple cider vinegar has been used for several centuries across the world. It is well known as a natural remedy for all kinds of health ailments. It is said that Hippocrates considered apple cider vinegar his favourite go-to solution for all kinds of ailments. Even Christopher Columbus and Captain James Cook were known to voyage with barrels of Apple Cider Vinegar to help prevent scurvy. The health benefits of apple cider vinegar are plenty.
These days, many Indians have started introducing apple cider vinegar into their kitchens. Here is why you should have apple cider vinegar in your kitchen. But there is still quite a bit of apprehension among many Indians regarding its usage. Rajneesh Bhasin, MD, Borges India, busts some popular apple cider vinegar myths:
Myth #1: Apple Cider Vinegar shouldn’t be consumed because of its high acidic nature
Yes, you must avoid consuming raw apple cider vinegar. It should be diluted with water before consumption. You should ideally dilute 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. The presence of acetic acid in the vinegar helps balance the pH level of the stomach, thus helping to improve digestion and mineral absorption in the body.
Myth #2: Consumption of apple cider vinegar can lead to acidity
On the contrary, it has a reverse phenomena. ACV is highly recommended for the people suffering from acidity and acid reflux. It aids in digestion and break down of fats, thus curing acid reflux. In fact, 1 tbsp of ACV with the mother in a glass of water each time before meal is suggested for curing acid reflux.
Myth #3: Having just Apple Cider Vinegar can help reduce weight
Many people turn to apple cider vinegar as a miracle weight loss tool. ACV with the mother is known to help many people achieve significant weight loss because it makes you feel full without much intake of calories. It also helps better digestion and reduces body fat. As a matter of fact, a study published in 2005 in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that when vinegar is consumed with a meal, calorie consumption for that day drops by 200 to 275 calories. But remember that daily consumption of ACV with the mother has to be coupled with healthy diet and lifestyle to see better and faster results in terms of weight loss. This is the right way to use apple cider vinegar for acidity, weight loss and diabetes.
Myth #4: Apple Cider Vinegar tastes unpleasant and cannot be used in cooking
Whether the taste is good or not is subjective. It does have a pungent smell but the taste of apple in the vinegar lessens its pungency. One can use it for multiple purposes in cooking — as a salad dressing (with olive oil and seasoning), as a healthy drink (with honey, cinnamon, lemon etc.), as a preservative (in pickles, jams and chutneys) etc.