Vinegar has been used to naturally preserve and flavor foods, fight infections, heal wounds, clean surfaces, and manage diabetes for more than 2000 years. Vinegar is high in acetic acid content which makes it an effective antimicrobial agent for easy digestion and protection against harmful yeast and bacteria.
According to Medscape General Medicine (MedGenMed),
“Many recent scientific investigations have documented that vinegar ingestion reduces the glucose response to a carbohydrate load in healthy adults and in individuals with diabetes. There is also some evidence that vinegar ingestion increases short-term satiety.
Vinegars are also a dietary source of polyphenols, compounds synthesized by plants to defend against oxidative stress. Ingestion of polyphenols in humans enhances in vivo antioxidant protection and reduces cancer risk.
Kurosu vinegar is particularly rich in phenolic compounds, and the in-vitro antioxidant activity of an ethyl acetate extract of Kurosu vinegar was similar to the antioxidant activity of alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E) and significantly greater than the antioxidant activities of other vinegar extracts, including wine and apple vinegars.”
In addition to its ability to protect the body, reduce glucose levels and improve digestion, there are other health benefits. Because acetic acid in vinegar deprotonates in the stomach to form acetate ions, research suggests it may possess antitumor effects.
A Quick and Easy Recipes to Add Vinegar to Your Diet
Homemade Apple Cider
Organic Ingredients Recommend (if available)
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbs of fresh grated ginger or 2 tsp of ground ginger
- 2 tbs of raw honey or maple syrup (or preferred sweetness level)
- 1⁄8 tsp of ground cinnamon
- ½ lemon juice
- ¼ cup of seltzer (if preferred)
- Mix together the vinegar, ginger, maple syrup, salt and lemon juice.
- Add water to a mason jar with a tight fitting lid, add the vinegar mixture, seal the jar, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
- When ready, shake, drink, and enjoy. The vinegar mixture will store for up to 1 month in the refrigerator.
- ½ cup of apple cider vinegar
- ⁄8 tsp of ground mustard
- 1⁄8 tsp of kosher or mineral salt
- ½ oil of choice, such as olive oil, avocado oil, hemp oil, walnut oil, hazelnut oil, etc.
- Mix together the vinegar, mustard, salt and oil.
- Other added flavorings may include, and are not limited to, chopped shallots, crushed pepper, cayenne pepper, fresh herbs, minced garlic, citrus zest, or anything else your palate may enjoy.
Other Ways to Add Apple Cider Vinegar to Your Diet
- Add 1 tbs of apple cider vinegar to your pot when cooking rice, quinoa, potatoes or other grains.
- Add 1 tbs of splash when cooking baked goods. This small amount of vinegar helps baked goods like pancakes, waffles, and muffins be more fluffy without the vinegar taste.
- Take a spoonful directly with a glass of water or other drink to help your digestion.
Vinegar is available widely; affordable, and is not a medication, therefore does not require any prescription for use. Vinegar is not only a natural option for ailments; it can also taste good in the process.
Johnston, C. S., & Gaas, C. A. (2006). Vinegar: Medicinal Uses and Antiglycemic Effect. Medscape General Medicine, 8(2), 61.