Apple Cider Vinegar
An Introduction to Apple Cider Vinegar
Fermentation is the process of breaking down the sugars present in the product into alcohol with the help of Bacteria and Yeast. This fermentation of alcohol results in the production of vinegar. If apple must or cider is used in vinegar production we get Apple cider Vinegar. Another name of this vinegar is Cider vinegar.
It is widely known as ACV. Vinegar is actually a French word which means ‘sour wine’. Commonly ACV is sold, which is its unfiltered form and its color is usually a brownish-yellow. It is often used in edible items, just like any other vinegar, for preservation.
ACV, besides being a preservative by nature, is also used as a health tonic widely now-a-days. It is considered as a tool for weight loss too. It is said to have biological effects on our body and reduce our appetite and eventually help in weight loss. Experiments were conducted and it has been proved to be helpful to a certain extent.
Some tests revealed that ACV helps curing cancer. It was found that it kills cancer cells and slows down their growth. Usage of ACV in curing cancer has not been proved with 100% tests. Some tests say that it helps to be secured from esophageal cancer while the others say that it increases chances of bladder cancer.
While there are numerous uses with ACV, they are said to be some risk factors involved in using it. Let’s see some of the risk factors in using ACV.
ACV contains acetic acid. It’s a powerful acid, and in the case of pure ACV, it causes contact burns to your skin. ACV must be diluted before usage as a safety measure. ACV could cause damage to the enamel in your teeth and tissues of tongue and mouth too.
Long term use of ACV could result in low potassium levels. It has chromium content in it, which could alter insulin levels. Therefore, diabetic patients must consult their doctors before using ACV.
Consuming Apple Cider Vinegar in its natural liquid form and not in the form of ACV supplements is highly risky. These are neither regularly tested nor are they regulated by FDV. A research said that the ingredients of the supplements are not always same as the ingredients listed on the package.
According to experts, the highest risk involved in using the supplements for ACV is that a few of the brands do not contain ACV at all.