Many people are spruiking the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) but how exactly does it help our bodies? We speak to health experts to tell us why it’s being labelled a super food.
ACV is made by adding crushed apples to yeast, which then ferments the sugars into alcohol. Once bacteria is added, it ferments the solution even further to become an acetic acid, otherwise known as vinegar.
Organic and unfiltered ACV has a murky appearance. This is because it’s full of “mother” components such as enzymes, proteins and good bacteria.
Each tablespoon of ACV only contains around three calories, which is considered to be very low.
ACV is an ancient health remedy which can be used for many household and cooking needs.
Here are three health benefits of ACV:
- It’s great at killing harmful bacteria
ACV’s main ingredient is acetic acid, which can kill many harmful bacteria. In the past, it has been used for treating, disinfecting and cleaning lice, ear infections, nail fungus and warts. ACV has even been known to clean open wounds as well.
- Lowers blood sugars
Another health benefit of ACV is it helps lower blood sugar levels and helps fight type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body either resists insulin, or can’t produce enough of it. ACV has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and help lower blood sugar responses after meals.
- Helps reduce weight
Studies suggest ACV can reduce belly fat and contribute to weight loss by increasing satiety, helping you to eat fewer calories. It’s important to remember though that adding or subtracting single foods will rarely have a long-lasting effect on your weight. It’s all about maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Although ACV is good for you, House Call Doctor experts warn eating too much of it can cause low potassium levels, uncomfortable digestive symptoms and erosion of tooth enamel. So, it’s important to limit your intake to a maximum of two tablespoons per day.