Apple cider vinegar is the only kind of vinegar allowed on the Phase One Diet, largely due to a high amount of the potently anti-fungal malic acid. (On the Phase One Diet, most vinegar, including products and foods containing vinegar, are discouraged.) The Phase One Diet is not the only diet that recognizes the inherent benefits of apple cider vinegar, though, and its anti fungal properties are only one of the health benefits contained therein.
Apple cider vinegar has risen in popularity over the last few years due to its many health benefits. It is thought to help control appetite, which may make it beneficial for weight loss purposes. It is thought that apple cider vinegar might help to control blood sugar, making it a possible tool for diabetics. And while no studies have been conducted in humans, animal studies have hinted that apple cider vinegar may help control blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels.
Look for organic varieties that are unfiltered and contain “the mother”. The mother is the colony of beneficial bacteria that give apple cider vinegar a murky appearance. Below are five ideas for working it into your regimen:
Many people use apple cider vinegar as a supplement, either by taking a spoonful or mixing in with water. This is an easy way to glean the benefits of apple cider vinegar.
Substitute for other kinds of vinegar in cooking.
The Phase One Diet restricts other kinds of vinegar, so apple cider vinegar is a good option when substituting for regular vinegar in cooking.
Use as a salad dressing.
Substitute apple cider vinegar for traditional vinegars in salad dressings, and take advantage of the anti-fungal properties therein. Also, apple cider vinegar can be used to make Phase One-Friendly mayonnaise.
Apple cider vinegar is thought to have some benefits for the skin, including working against acne. Some people recommend using apple cider vinegar in place of shampoo, claiming it helps balance the pH of the scalp and promote the health of hair.
Use in cleaning.
Apple cider vinegar has proven anti-fungal qualities, but it is also thought to kill harmful bacteria, such as E. coli. Traditionally, vinegar has been used a cleaning agent, so apple cider vinegar could be a good substitute for otherwise harsh, potent chemical cleaners.
(Always check with your doctor before incorporating new supplements or foods into your regimen, particularly if you are on medication for anything. Certain supplements can have drug interactions and it is always best to get a doctor’s opinion or permission.)
How do you use Apple Cider Vinegar?