Why Mom Cooked with Apple Cider Vinegar?

Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother

Growing up, I would watch my mother add a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to vegetables boiling on a pot-belly stove. Years later, as I recollected food memories from my childhood, I assumed it had something to do with flavor. After all, her vegetables always tasted far better than anything I ate in the school cafeteria. As an adult, I became interested in bone health following a skiing accident. Low and behold, there was the answer.

It wasn't that my mother was cooking fresh vegetables, she was making bone broth. In retrospect, the inclusion of apple cider vinegar had less to do with flavor and more to do with releasing important nutrients from the soup bone. Bone broth promotes good health as it is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, including calcium, silicon, sulfur, magnesium, glucosamine, phosphorus, and chondroitin sulfates.

While the uses for any white vinegar are plentiful, apple cider vinegar has arguably even more applications. Some people have used apple cider vinegar to help with their health concerns (including diabetes, cancer, high cholesterol and weight loss). According to a study reported by the American Diabetes Association, vinegar ingestion at bedtime moderates waking glucose concentrations in adults with Type 2 Diabetes. Another study found those who drank a watered-down mixture of apple cider vinegar before eating carbohydrates had lower blood glucose levels.

Apple cider vinegar’s anti-glycemic effect has been well documented. Now that you know about drawing nutrients out of bones, the next time you cook a pot of soup or prepare to cook fresh greens, add a little apple cider vinegar for good health. In fact, use an unfiltered apple cider vinegar with a cloudy sediment (called mother of vinegar) that's beneficial to digestion. To learn more about wellness and weight loss, contact the Metabolic Research Center. We provide the education, encouragement and support for you to reach your weight loss goals and keep unwanted pounds off for good.


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