Apple Cider Vinegar 101
Our original Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is a longtime favorite around the world. Be it for your daily dose of wellness, cooking, cleaning, or skincare - Apple Cider Vinegar is definitely worth a shot if you’ve never tried it before. Our social channels are full of ideas on how to add ACV into your day, but let’s deep dive into the building blocks of this time-tested elixir.
Down to a Science
There are three key players in the creation of ACV: apples, Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast, and acetobacter aceti bacteria (AAB). Let’s get to know them, shall we?
Apples: A quick visit to your local grocery store and you’ll see that there are many varieties of apples. The same can be said for what is preferred for a good batch of ACV. It’s all about finding that perfect mix of bittersweet, bitter sharp, sweet and sharp.
Saccharomyces cerevisiae Yeast: You know that pesky fruit fly we all seem to hate? Well, that lil fly carries this yeast to the apple. The yeast then consumes the sugar from the apple and produces ethanol (aka hard cider).
Acetobacter aceti bacteria (AAB): This bacteria consumes the ethanol produced by the yeast and apple sugar, producing organic acetic acid and, what is lovingly known as, the ‘mother’.
The Good Stuff
Acetic acid rightfully got the nickname ‘the good stuff’ and for good reason. It helps keep your blood sugar, weight, and cholesterol at healthy levels.
Acetic acid also helps impede carb absorption and is known to activate receptors in the GI tract that inhibit weight gain. Not to mention it activates a molecule called AMPK. This molecule is responsible for regulating energy balance. Acetic acid for the win.
Strong as a Mother
Now back to Acetobacter aceti bacteria. Each AAB has several pores that excrete cellulose strands, a by-product of acetic acid production. The AAB and these cellulose strands get all tangled together to create a super-strong network of living bacteria and fiber called, you guessed it, the ‘mother’.
ABB's metabolites also serve as prebiotics. Think of them as the food that helps nourish your friendly gut bacteria, always looking out for your best, inside and out.
What’s in it for You?
If the above wasn’t enough to add ACV to your cart, maybe just hearing the fact that consuming 750mg of acetic acid – equivalent to one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or three of our ACV capsules – has been found to help control appetite, manage weight gain, and maintain healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
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