Melrose Apple Cider Vinegar Double Strength
Apple Cider Vinegar is a type of vinegar made by the fermentation of apple juice. During this process, sugar in the apple cider is broken down by bacteria and yeast into alcohol (cider) and then into vinegar. Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, lactic, citric and malic acids. It also contains pectin, trace minerals, potassium, beneficial bacteria and enzymes. Its acidic content is the reason it acts as a germ fighter and is used in many foods as a natural preservative against spoilage.
Melrose supplies a choice of two Apple Cider Vinegars made from whole ripened apples: our double strength Apple Cider Vinegar with 8% acetic acid and our Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with 6% acetic acid.
Melrose Apple Cider Vinegar Double Strength is made from certified organic apples which offer exceptional quality and flavor. In order to maintain the nutritional value, Melrose Apple Cider Vinegar is unpasteurized and unfiltered. The natural sediment that you see in our bottles is the true sign of raw and unfiltered vinegar. This sediment is a natural fibre produced by the vinegar bacteria. On standing a white cellulalaric cotton known as the "mother" will form. It can be eaten, or if you prefer, can be broken up by shaking the bottle. Commercial apple cider vinegar is filtered and pasteurised which destroys any enzymes present.
People with upset stomachs benefit from the extra help Melrose Apple Cider Vinegar gives in digesting food. Sip a mixture of 2 teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar in a third of a glass of warm water and let the Apple Cider Vinegar handle your problem.
- 8% Acidity - Double Strength
- 6% Acidity - Organic
- Assists in digestion
- Unpasteurised and unfiltered
- Contains beneficial bacteria and active enzymes
Nature's Medicine Chest: Melrose Apple Cider Vinegar Double Strength
Apple cider vinegar has been an essential part of every kitchen cupboard and medicine chest for generations-every grandmother knew dozens of ways this natural vinegar could be used. Now exciting new research is proving what old wives already know. Taking vinegar can help your digestion!
What is apple cider vinegar?
Melrose Apple Cider Vinegar is made from the juice of whole apples in a fermentation process involving yeast and a bacteria called Acetobacter; both these micro organisms turn the natural sugars from apple juice into acetic acid. Since 5000 BC it has been a tonic and beverage, and was used as a wound disinfectant as recently as last century. The modern popularity of apple cider vinegar can be traced back to the 1958 book, Folk Medicine by Dr D.C. Jarvis, a country doctor from Vermont, US. In his book, Dr Jarvis explained how he used apple cider vinegar to cure migraines, arthritis and many other common ailments.
What's the new research?
The first was a 2005 Swedish study that looked at how vinegar affected digestion. When taken with a meal, vinegar helped keep blood sugar and insulin levels lower after the meal. Lower blood sugar and insulin levels means that dangerous peaks and troughs don't form; these can lead to type II diabetes, and also are associated with high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
This is great news for diabetics or people with hypoglycaemia. These peaks and troughs in blood sugar lead to cravings, so taking vinegar with a meal is ideal for slimmers. The study also found that vinegar increased satiety, or your level of fullness. So sipping some vinegar mixed with water will help to stop you having that second helping or piece of cake!
The second was a study performed in Arizona, USA, where volunteers consumed high GI (Glycemic Index) meals of bagels and fruit juice, with a dose of vinegar. The glucose response to these meals was significantly reduced by taking vinegar. Your body will treat a high GI meal like a low GI meal if you take vinegar at the same time.
Weight loss secrets of French women
The food eaten by French women has had a lot of publicity lately, but there is still one secret to be uncovered. The French eat a lot of fatty foods like duck, pastries and creamy sauces, but always on the side of their plate is a salad dressed with vinaigrette. This salad dressing, made from vinegar, is delicious with quite a sharp taste. As well as dropping the GI of the total meal, vinaigrette cuts through the fat and, by boosting the acid levels in the stomach, improves digestion. So that's why French women stay so thin!
Feeling a bit green? Melrose Apple Cider Vinegar to the rescue
Usually when that green, bilious feeling hits (after too much fat, meat or sweets), we reach for the bicarbonate of soda. This neutralizes the acid in the stomach, and does make us feel better by smothering the symptoms. But next time, reach for the apple cider vinegar. This works in the opposite way to bicarb; by actually increasing the stomach acid. By giving your stomach more fire-power, it can digest better and faster, and fix your upset tummy by improving your digestion instead of just masking the problem. Try two teaspoons in water after a particularly fatty meal, or when you wake up in the middle of the night feeling nauseas.
What's the slimy thing in my vinegar bottle? Should I throw it out?
No! That is the mother', and it's actually cellulose, a natural fibre produced by the vinegar bacteria. This vinegar will also be coloured like tea and contain sediment, and may even be made the traditional way, by ageing the vinegar in oak like wine. These days, vinegar like this is becoming harder to find, but always choose this natural, traditional variety if you can. Some people eat the mother', but if you like you can filter it out before you use the vinegar.
How can I include Melrose Apple Cider Vinegar in my diet?
Easily! You can mix one or two teaspoons with a little honey and some water, and sip during a meal. Some people prefer to take it before bed; if you're an insomniac, traditionally this mixture is used to help bring about sleep. Apple cider vinegar makes great chutneys, relishes or pickles. Remember apple cider vinegar is a weak acid, so always dilute before swallowing.
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