Apple cider vinegar is a common addition to many households as it is a tasty additive to a variety of meals. In folk medicine it is often touted as a cure for almost every ailment imaginable. Although most of these claims are not backed up by research, there are still many benefits that can be provided by apple cider vinegar that have been studied by experts.
For example, a study conducted in Japan followed 175 obese people who followed similar diets, but some of them took apple cider vinegar while others didn’t. At the end of the study, those who used the apple cider vinegar had lost more weight than the group of people that didn’t. The researchers believe that apple cider vinegar may activate certain genes that are involved in the break down of fat.
Apple cider vinegar was also found to be effective at lowering blood sugar levels. According to Carol Johnston, PhD, the director of Arizona State University’s nutrition program, apple cider vinegar prevents the digestion of starch, something that causes a raise in blood sugar levels.
“Apple cider vinegar’s anti-glycemic effect is very well documented,” Johnston says.“It doesn’t block the starch 100%, but it definitely prevents at least some of that starch from being digested and raising your blood sugar.”
Most people purchase commercial apple cider vinegar from either grocery or health food stores, but did you know that it’s incredibly simple to make on your own? Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make apple cider vinegar from scratch.
- The cores and peels of between 6-8 apples
- Two tablespoons of honey
- Enough water to submerge ingredients in
- Place the apple cores and peels in a large glass jar
- Fill the jar up with water so all of the cores and peels are submerged
- Pour in the honey and stir until it is dissolved
- Place a paper towel over the jar opening before sealing
- Let the mixture sit for two weeks before straining out the liquid
- Discard the residue left in the jar and pour the liquid back into it
- Let it sit for 4 more weeks, stirring daily
And there you have it! Simple, easy to make, homemade apple cider vinegar, enjoy!