Warning: Read carefully – this might get a bit confusing!
Many people have been asking “what’s in a name?” when it comes to apple cider vinegar. There seems to be quite a bit of misunderstanding as to what apple cider vinegar is and if it’s okay to just call it cider vinegar.
Well, all this bewilderment comes from the fact there are actually five things to consider.
- apple cider
- cider vinegar
- apple cider vinegar
What’s even more entangling is that sometimes it’s okay to use two names for some of them. Any more confused yet? Let’s fix that.
What’s in a name?
Cider – This is the juice of pressed fruit (apples, plums, peaches, pears, and practically everything else). If it is allowed to ferment, then it is alcoholic and called hard cider. If, however, you decide to have it without letting it ferment then it’s non-alcoholic and termed soft cider.
Apple cider – Now that we know what cider is, it’s easy to say what apple cider is. It is the fermented or unfermented juice you get from pressed apples.
Vinegar – When alcoholic liquids are allowed to ferment they turn into vinegar – a sour tasting liquid containing an acid known as acetic acid.
Cider vinegar –If let hard cider (made from any fruit) that has already fermented once to become alcoholic ferment a second time, you will end up will get cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar – Simply and lastly, apple cider vinegar is made from a second fermentation of hard (alcoholic) apple cider.
Whew! How was that? Did you get it?
What Causes All The Confusion?
The confusion and uncertainties arise because of all the fruits that could be used, apples are the ones used 99% of the time. So, when we say cider we usually mean apple cider. Likewise, saying cider vinegar, just makes everyone assume you mean apple cider vinegar.
All About Apple Cider Vinegar
Now that you know the difference, let’s do a quick rundown of some facts about apple cider vinegar.
- It can be strong enough to burn your throat if consumed in large quantities.
- You can buy concentrated apple cider vinegar tablets, pills and capsules to get around this.
- Apple cider vinegar is very popular to use in marinades and in salad dressings.
- It is used as a natural remedy and has therapeutic effects on candida (a type of yeast infection), obesity, gouty arthritis and arthritis in general.
- It is a natural antiseptic and can effectively clean wounds.
- Apple cider vinegar can be used cleaning and disinfecting surfaces.
- By inhibiting the growth of bacteria, apple cider vinegar works very well as a food preservative.
- It reduces the risk of heart diseases by lowering levels of bad cholesterol in the blood.
- Some people use it for conditions such allergies, acne, chronic fatigue syndrome, high cholesterol, diabetes, flu,sore throat and heartburn.
- Person with diabetes can use apple cider vinegar as one of their treatment for the condition since it lowers blood sugar.
There is no denying apple cider vinegar is a marvellous liquid (no matter what you call it!)