Featured Product: Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
|By Petra Trudell, Managing Editor on Monday, March 3, 2014|
|Apple cider vinegar is one of our favorite natural remedies and cooking ingredients.
Bragg's variety is also one of your favorites. Read on to learn the story behind this
We can't get enough of apple cider vinegar (ACV) and neither can you! You've made a home for it in both your kitchen pantry and medicine cabinet and one of your hands-down favorites is Bragg's Organic Apple Cider Vinegar.
Here's what we like about this product and why you should try it if you haven't already.
What Is Apple Cider Vinegar?
To make apple cider vinegar, apples are crushed to remove their juice. It can also be made from cider. Next, different forms of bacteria and yeast are added in stages while the liquid ferments to create vinegar. The end result is amber in color with a bright and tangy taste.
The Bragg Difference
There are multiple reasons Bragg's vinegar is different from other available varieties. First of all, Braggs's product is organic, which makes it free of harmful chemicals like pesticides and herbicides. The next defining characteristic is that it's raw and unpasteurized. This means the vinegar was never heated to the point of removing its beneficial compounds, like good bacteria (However, this means women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid it.). This vinegar is also gluten free, for those intolerant, is free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), is Kosher and contains the mother of vinegar, which is the bacteria used to help ferment the apple juice.
Founded in 1912 by Paul C. Bragg, the philosophy behind all Bragg products is that natural, organic and live foods were the keys to a long and healthy life. Today, Paul's mission is carried on by his daughter, Patricia Bragg.
Five Ways to Start Using Apple Cider Vinegar
As previously mentioned, apple cider vinegar contains good bacteria as well as enzymes that promote digestion and boost the immune system and potassium, an important mineral electrolyte. These are some of the main uses for apple cider vinegar:
Cooking -- Of course, apple cider vinegar makes a great addition to your recipes. Use it for dressings for salad and in marinades for just about any protein -- it adds just the right touch of acidity. Add too much? Balance it out with a pinch of stevia or another natural sweetener.
Weight Loss -- Apple cider vinegar is known to spark the metabolism to encourage the burning of more fat. The diehards take a shot of apple cider vinegar at least once a day. If you can't handle the straight stuff (it can be irritating for the throat and stomach), you can dilute it in water or even add it to a smoothie or juice drink.
Skincare -- If you suffer from acne, try moistening a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar and swiping across the face twice a day, focusing on areas prone to excess oil production and blemishes. This vinegar has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It can also be applied to the scalp to combat dandruff.
Cold and Flu Remedy -- Those same bacteria and fungi-fighting actions are beneficial when you're sick. Add 1 to 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar with honey to your cup of tea and sip to soothe a sore throat and quiet a cough. It will also help strengthen the immune system to fight back.
Cleaning -- Don't want to taste it? Try diluting some of the vinegar with water and adding to a plastic spray bottle. Just like that, you have an all natural and safe household cleaner you don't have to worry about using on surfaces where you prepare food.
There are countless more ways to use apple cider vinegar (check them out here and here). What are your favorites? Let us know in the comments!
Shop for apple cider vinegar and more at eVitamins. Have a great week!
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