Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has a reputation for many health benefits.  A lot of them are not proven, but have been handed down over the years.  Some have been backed up by small studies, such as regulating blood sugar in diabetics, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, improving heart health, and assisting in weight loss.  It is unlikely that there will ever be large, controlled studies on something as inexpensive and readily available as vinegar, since someone has to pay for them and no one stands to make much money on them.  But the evidence does suggest that there may be many health benefits to including apple cider vinegar in your diet.  At the very least, it’s delicious, and won’t hurt.

I recently discovered something called a shrub, which is a syrup made by combining vinegar with fruits, which can be added to seltzer water or cocktails.  I made a ginger shrub, following this recipe.  You can put a tablespoon or two in with 6-8 ounce of seltzer water and a splash of lime juice.  This is a light, refreshing drink for those who don’t like plain water but need to do a better job staying hydrating.  Using ginger also may help with morning sickness in the first trimester.

Another great use for vinegar is salad dressing.  This recipe is a really good one with apple cider vinegar.  I went with 50/50 olive oil and vinegar, because I like my salads to have a stronger flavor and a less oily feel.