Amazing Apple Cider!

Posted on October 27th, 2010
Categories: News

If, by now, you haven’t heard of the marvels of Apple Cider Vinegar then I am assuming you have just arrived from Mars! Never mind the expression “An Apple a day keeps the doctor away”; we have all moved on to his more formidable cousin, Apple Cider Vinegar.

When you next go shopping, take a good look at the various bottles of apple cider vinegar on offer.   Would you buy a vinegar from the supermarket that is not clear, has got a brown tinge to it, and most of all has something floating in it?  Ironically, this is why manufacturers distil the vinegar through a steaming process which destroys almost all of the health giving nutrients.  The tiny cobweb-like substance floating in it is known as a “mother” and is the only way of guaranteeing your apple cider vinegar hasn’t been sapped of all its goodness.

Fans of this miracle drug claim that the most beneficial way to take the vinegar is first thing in the morning, by mixing two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and two teaspoons of honey in either a glass of warm or room temperature water.  Last week I posted a recipe that incorporates the two, as well as lemon juice and fresh ginger, as an idea for a detox drink to start the day with.

This wonder vinegar contains a host of vitamins, beta-carotene, pectin and vital minerals such as potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, chlorine, sulphur, iron, and fluorine.

Now for the science! Pectin in the vinegar helps to reduce bad cholesterol and helps in regulating blood pressure. . The vinegar helps extract calcium from the fruits, vegetables and meat it is mixed with, helping in the process of maintaining strong bones. Potassium deficiency causes a variety of ailments including hair loss, weak finger nails, brittle teeth, sinusitis, and a permanently running nose. Apple cider vinegar is loaded with potassium. The potassium in this vinegar also helps in eliminating toxic waste from the body. The beta-carotene helps in countering damage caused by free radicals, helping one maintain firmer skin and a youthful appearance. The really good news is apple cider vinegar is good for those wanting to lose weight, as it helps in breaking down fat, assisting in natural weight reduction as well as speeding up your metabolism.  Surely the last two facts will cause a panic surge in sales of organic apple cider vinegar alone!

Apple cider vinegar contains malic acid which is helpful in dissolving uric acid deposits that form around joints, helping to relieve joint pains caused by arthritis and gout. This dissolved uric acid is gradually eliminated from the body.

As we age, our bodies produce less digestive acids which can lead to constipation, which if left untreated increases the changes of headaches, deprived sleep and a lethargic feeling the whole day.  The pectin in the vinegar assists our body in performing natural bowel movement.
You can enjoy the benefits of apple cider vinegar in many other ways than by drinking it in water. Use it as an ingredient for a healthy salad dressing, making homemade mayonnaise, as well as marinating meat and fish.  If you use the vinegar as a prime ingredient in the marinade with an assortment of freshly cut herbs and spices, and not only will it help in flavoring and tenderizing the meat, but it also comes with all the health benefits that have already been mentioned.

As a final endorsement, it has been said that, The Father of Medicine, Hippocrates used this vinegar around 400 B.C. for its health giving qualities.  His two significant remedies were honey and apple cider vinegar.

I hope you enjoy the apple, French bean and Hazelnut Salad, packed with vitamins and the added bonus of hazelnuts; a good source of Oleic Acid, which assists in lowering cholesterol levels.

Apple, French Bean and Hazelnut Salad

Ingredients:

 Salad:

 250gms French beans, washed and trimmed
2 firm eating apples
Juice of ½ lemon – to squeeze over the apple to avoid discoloration
50gms of hazelnuts or cashew nuts
1 tablespoon of corn oil
8 rashers of back bacon / or thin strips of chicken breast
4 handfuls of mixed salad leaves, like rocket or baby gem

Dressing

4 tablespoons of a mild olive oil
1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon of honey

Method:

  1.  Mix all the dressing ingredients together and stir well
  2. Wash the salad leaves, spin dry and place into a large salad bowl and leave in the fridge.
  3. Steam the French beans, drain and leave to one side to cool down.
  4. Chop the apple into little pieces, either skin on or off but bear in mind the skin is where the majority of the vitamins and fiber can be found.  Squeeze the lemon juice over it and leave to the side.
    Cut the bacon or chicken into small strips and fry in the corn oil.  Leave to cool on the side.
  5. Place the hazelnuts or cashew nuts into a dry frying pan and gently brown all over.
  6. Mix all the salad ingredients together in the bowl, sprinkle half the dressing over the salad and mix well.

Ready to serve

 

 

 

 

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