Apple Cider Vinegar – The Low Down from Merrymaker Mum.

One year ago the fridge was full of bottles of ready made salad dressings. I mean full. I had tried them all: French, Italian, Greek, garlic, herb, low fat. The list is endless.

Then came the Merrymaker duo clean out. Emma + Carla pulled everything out of the fridge (and pantry) and started reading all the ingredient labels out loud. Sugar and preservatives galore that I couldn’t even pronounce! Read them you will be shocked! They were all binned.

At first, I wondered what on earth am I to dress my salad with?! But e + c replaced my binned sugar filled dressings with natural oils and vinegars. Salad dressings became a fun way to jazz up my salad, tossing in all kinds of oils, herbs and spices!  It’s amazing what you can come up with. No guilt salads swimming in all these yummy juices! BUT. Yes unfortunately there is a but, I’ve been reading up on my vinegars and I was shocked  to find  balsamic vinegar is loaded with sugar. Damn, balsamic was my favourite. So where to now?

Well it seems that Apple Cider Vinegar gets the big nod. Just taking a look at the sugar difference is enough to push the balsamic aside. Balsamic = 12-15 grams of sugar per 100mL and Apple Cider Vinegar = less than 0.2 grams per 100mL. HUGE DIFFERENCE!

Not only is Apple Cider Vinegar a great salad dressing choice, it’s a natural remedy for all kinds of things. Just add 2 tsp. of Apple Cider Vinegar to warm filtered water and drink it 3 times a day before each meal. Apple Cider Vinegar can assist with:

  • reducing high cholesterol
  • boosting the immunity
  • reducing acne and age spots
  • sore throats and sinus issues
  • allergies
  • tired muscles after exercising
  • weight loss by increasing your metabolism (e + c both agree that they have felt this benefit after taking Apple Cider Vinegar)
  • arthritis symptons
  • constipation and digestion problems
  • foot odour (soaking your feet in water and Apple Cider Vinegar once a week balances the skin’s pH level)
  • increasing stamina.

I’ve been adding a squeeze of lemon to my Apple Cider Vinegar and water and this makes it a lot easier to swallow, it does take a little while to get used to but now I look forward to the cleansed feeling I get afterwards! Do you have an Apple Cider Vinegar recipe? I’d love to know about it, you can leave me a comment below.

Until next time,

merrymaker mum.

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