Apple Cider Vinegar
Have you heard the Buzz? Apple Cider Vinegar is the cure-all ingredient located right in your kitchen cabinet. Well maybe not cure "all", but it certainly has its benefits. For thousands of years, the vinegar has been for everything from weight loss to disinfecting cuts, scrapes and bruises. Today, it is believed that apple cider vinegar could combat diabetes, cancer, high cholesterol, weight loss and depression. In these days of temperamental weather and cold/flu symptoms, apple cider vinegar could be the pick me up you have been waiting for. Apple cider vinegar originates from, well apples. Apples are high in pectin (fiber) which helps to create the full feeling after a meal. This helps to limit over eating and unnecessary snacking between meals. Apple cider vinegar is high in amino acids, which helps to create growth hormones. Growth hormones are important for the weight loss process. Amino acids also play a role in the release of serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter which helps you relax and feel good. Like with anything, taking too much could be a bad thing. Pure apple cider vinegar could damage the tooth enamel, esophagus, and skin by contact burns. Supporters suggest diluting it with water or juice when swallowing daily doses. Long term use may cause low bone density and potassium levels. Also, while it is believed to cure cancer, it has also been linked to increasing the risk of bladder cancer. Lastly, apple cider counteracts with many chronic medication including diabetes and heart medication. Though research is limited and inconclusive, it would be wise to incorporate the product in to a diverse diet rather than ingesting apple cider vinegar supplements in hopes that all our troubles would vanish. A simple way would be to create an Italian dressing for your salad using apple cider vinegar, olive oil and seasoned to taste.