Everything You Ever Wanted [And Needed] to Know About ACV
If you’re somewhat familiar with the health industry (or you’re just a pin-happy Pinterest-lover), you’ve probably heard of apple cider vinegar (ACV) and the countless benefits sources claim it has. Well, it turns out that many of these benefits are true! Apple cider vinegar is another versatile, multi-purpose product that has stood the test of time.
If you’d like to learn more about ACV and its uses, keep reading!
WHAT IT IS
Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar made from a) cider or b) apple juice combined with apple skins, seeds, and stems. It’s a pale-medium amber color. It’s considered one of the most versatile types of vinegars that can be used for cleaning, cooking, topical application, food preservation, salad dressing, baking, etc. It also has scientifically-proven health benefits.
WHERE IT COMES FROM
The use of ACV dates back to centuries ago - as far as ancient Greece around 400 B.C. by a Greek doctor known as Hippocrates. Hippocrates mixed ACV with honey as a prescription for patients to help with a variety of ailments, including coughs and colds.
Fun Fact: Apple cider vinegar is sometimes referred to as the ‘Drink of Patriots,’ as it was a staple in the colonial American diet - often used to make hard cider. American men, women, and children were drinking 35 gallons of hard cider per year in the U.S. during the mid 1700s. Even John Adams, the second president of the United States, drank ACV every morning for breakfast.
HOW IT’S MADE
The process of making ACV begins with crushing apples to squeeze out the liquid. Then, the first part of the fermentation process begins by adding bacteria and yeast to the liquid. This turns the fruit sugars into alcohol. In the second part of the fermentation process, the alcohol is converted into vinegar by acetic acid-forming bacteria. This is what gives vinegar its sour taste!
ACV VS. OTHER VINEGARS
You may be wondering why ACV is a better option than other vinegars. Like we mentioned earlier, ACV is one of the most multi-purpose vinegars. It just makes sense to have ACV around when you can use it as a stand-in for cleaning, cooking, health purposes, and numerous recipes that call for vinegar.
Distilled vinegar is the other most common type of vinegar in the U.S. While it can also be used for pickling and household cleaning, it’s made from ethanol (or laboratory-produced acetic acid), and then diluted with water. But ACV is unfiltered and all-natural, which is the way we like to do things around here.
HOW IT’S USED
Besides being used in [the obvious] cooking and various types of recipes such as salad dressings, marinades, vinaigrettes, and food preservatives, ACV’s uses are about as widespread as they come.
- It’s an excellent multi-purpose household cleaner because it’s non-toxic, biodegradable, and affordable. An inexpensive-entire-household-disinfectant-without-chemicals? Yes, please!
FYI: A quick, simple way to make your own all-purpose cleaning spray is to combine equal parts warm water and ACV in a glass spray bottle. Add 5-10 drops of Bare Oils of choice and shake, shake, shake before using (we recommend Lavender, Lemongrass, Orange, and Tea Tree Bare Oils)! Use it like you would any mainstream cleaner for glass, wood, etc. After spraying, wipe clean with a paper towel or soft cloth. Easy-peasy.
- Speaking in health terms, ACV promotes increased insulin sensitivity, lowered blood sugar, healthy blood pressure, lowered cholesterol, weight loss, and the detoxification of the liver and other organs. It also kills many types of bacteria, eases digestive ailments, and helps fight free radicals (yay antioxidants!).
- Some other interesting ways ACV can be used are to provide sunburn relief, reduce the appearance of age spots/scars, and smooth wrinkles.
Talk about saving space and money … AND going the natural route! Win-win-win.
Now, we have a little homework assignment for you: Go through all the cupboards and cabinets in your home and see what products you think you can easily replace with ACV. Consider it a head-start on spring cleaning. You’re welcome!