Apple cider vinegar is made form fermented apple juice, and used in salad dressings, marinades, food preservatives and chutneys. It is made by crushing apples, then squeezing out the juice.
Mix one part apple cider vinegar with one part water and you’re ready to roll. You can use this diluted vinegar to wipe down a variety of hard surfaces like kitchen counters. This diluted vinegar has enough acid to remove stuck debris and bacteria. At the same time, it isn’t acidic enough to harm your surfaces.
You don’t have to refrigerate apple cider vinegar once it’s opened. Store it in a cabinet, away from direct sunlight. Apple cider vinegar is highly acidic. Because of this, it’s unlikely to be contaminated from pathogens.
100 grams of apple cider vinegar contain;
|Total fat||0 g|
|Total carbohydrates||0.9 g|
It probably contains;
- Some pectin
- Vitamin B1
- Vitamin B2
- Vitamin B6
- Folic acid
- Pantothenic acid
- Vitamin C
Small amount of some minerals;
Benefits of ACV:
While drinking apple cider vinegar is associated with health benefits, consuming large amount of apple cider vinegar every day for many years can be dangerous.
ACV is a kitchen staple that has several impressive health benefits. Some benefits are;
1. Lower blood sugar:
Research published in a Journal of diabetes research suggests that vinegar helps people with type 2 diabetes use their insulin more effectively, improving post meal blood sugar level. Because it works to increase insulin sensitivity, vinegar could help prevent type 2 diabetes in high risks individual.
2. Helps to feel full:
Apple cider vinegar helps to promote fullness in part due to delayed stomach emptying. This may lead to lower calorie intake. This may reduce your weight and belly fat.
3. Preserve food:
Vinegar has been used since ages to preserve food, but ACV is gaining more popularity these days thanks to its fruity and mellow flavor. Just add 2-3 tbsp of ACV in any recipe and keep them longer than you thought. ACV is highly acidic and has antimicrobial properties that make it a self-preserving pantry stable.
4. Act as deodorizer:
Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties. It naturally eliminates odors without using chemicals, so dilute it with equal part of water, add to a spray bottle and spritz it around your living room for a fresh clean scent. Studies have shown that ACV kills bacteria, it can also improve your indoor air quality.
5. Improve sore throat:
ACV have antibacterial properties, so it may help with sore throats caused by bacterial infections. Bacterial infections usually require antibiotics. Viruses cause most sore throat. Gargling with ACV is a popular home remedy for sore throat.
6. Act as facial toner:
This could possibly have a cleansing effect on skin, which some user report. ACV also contain acetic acid with antimicrobial action. This can reduce bacteria on skin, including acne causing bacteria, which could make ACV good for acne.
7. Act as a trapper:
Pour a little apple cider vinegar into a glass, or just remove the cap from bottle. Then poke some holes for the fruit flies to enter. They cannot resist the scent of vinegar and they won’t be able to exist once they’re inside. The sweet, pungent odor of ACV attracts fruit flies to the bowl. The dish soaps cut the vinegar’s surface tension, which causes the flies to sink and down upon contact with the surface of liquid mixture.
8. Boil eggs better:
Adding ACV to water for boiling eggs, this can help to produce consistently good eggs. This is because the protein in egg white firms up more quickly when exposed to more acidic liquid. When boiling eggs vinegar can also speed up the coagulation of egg white. This can be useful if the shell cracks while the egg is being boiled.
9. Useful for Marinade:
Acidic ingredients like vinegar, lemon juice, yogurt and wine weaken collagen and protein in meat. Once the protein is broken by acid, one loose protein can bond with another and trap liquid in the meat, making it juicy and tender. Marinades are used to bring out flavor of meat. It also helps to eliminate the impurities from meat.
10. Useful in bath:
ACV also help with the variety of skin problems, and adding it to your bath can amp up your skin care routine. It has powerful antimicrobial properties that may help ease skin infections and sooth irritation. As a mild acid, ACV may help retore the natural pH balance of skin.
11. Rinse hair and remove dandruff:
ACV contain vitamins and minerals that are good for hairs. It contains vitamin C and B and alpha hydroxy acid which helps exfoliate scalp skin and that it’s anti-inflammatory, which can help with dandruff. ACV remove product buildup, detangles, and add shine to hairs.
12. Adds in sauce and soup:
Adding ACV in sauce and soup for taste and flavor.
13. Used as mouthwash:
ACV acidity can deteriorate your tooth enamel, so I suggest diluting it before using the vinegar as a mouthwash. Mix 1 tsp ACV and 1 cup of water for best results. It kills bad bacteria from your mouth.
14. Dish detergent:
Rinsing your dishes in apple cider vinegar could kill off any unwanted bacteria and keep them clean.
15. Get ride from fleas:
Apple cider vinegar may help prevent your pet from getting fleas. Spraying a mixture of 1 part water and 1 part ACV on your pet will create an environment that fleas won’t come.
Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits for Hairs:
Science support that used of apple cider vinegar as a hair rinse. It could help strengthen hair and improve luster by lowering hair and scalp PH. It may also keep pesky scalp infection and itchiness at bay.
Proven benefits for hairs;
- It helps in balancing your scalp and hair PH.
- After shampoo ACV rinse can do wonders to your hairs and leaving your hairs shiny, smooth and soft.
- It tames rough hair cuticles and fight split ends.
- It can add natural body and define curls
- Effective for hair growth
- Add shine in hairs
- Improve damaging of hair
- Give thickness to your hairs
- Reduce frizzy hairs
- Make your hairs healthy
Homemade hair mask of ACV:
- 1 tbsp ACV
- 4 tbsp water
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp olive oil
How to make and use for deep conditioning hair mask:
Mix all the ingredients in bowl until it become smooth. Apply to your scalp and leave it for 10-15 minutes. Wash your hairs with water. You don’t need to shampoo your hairs after using this hair mask. It conditions your hairs and also save your hairs from damaging.