Apple cider vinegar has been used for centuries to cure various ailments. The fermentation of raw organic apples produces a higher nutritional value, containing beneficial enzymes and bacteria.
Thousands of years ago, apple cider vinegar was used by Hippocrates, for the cleaning and treatment of wounds. Today, some people believe that the vinegar has a healing effect when applied in a diluted form to acne and other skin ailments. This is due to the active ingredient acetic acid, which can kill bacteria. There is little evidence to support this at present.
However, researchers have begun investigating the possible benefits of apple cider vinegar on blood sugar levels and insulin function due to it’s acetic acid content. Some studies have shown that apple cider vinegar can lower the blood sugar response and increase insulin sensitivity.
Apple cider vinegar is high in acetic acid, and like other acids, this aids in the bodies absorption of important minerals. So using this in a salad dressing is a great idea to help absorption of minerals from your greens.
Many believe that the use of apple cider vinegar can have beneficial effects for relieving sore throats and flu symptoms, preventing indigestion, and aiding weight loss. Again, there is no written evidence to support these claims at present, but this doesn’t mean that the benefits don’t exist. There is no evidence to say that these benefits do not exist, nor is there evidence of any negative effects, therefore it’s worth trying these things out for yourself.
Beware though, the only type of apple cider vinegar that is believed to contain these health properties is that which is raw and unfiltered. If the vinegar has been pasteurised, refined, distilled or filtered, then it will not contain the beneficial “mother” enzymes. These are formed in the fermentation, and are contained in the sediment at the bottom of the bottle. I use Bragg Organic Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar, shown below;
The best type of honey to use is raw, locally produced honey. Raw honey contains beneficial antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins and minerals. However, commercially produced honey is often heavily processed, refined and filtered, which removes or damages many of the benefical phytonutrients. Local honey is also thought to be beneficial for those who suffer from hay fever, as it contains pollen which is specific to your local area.
This honey mustard dressing contains both of the above ingredients. It is simple to make, and can be kept in a jar in the fridge for a week. It tastes great on salads, meats, and fish.
- 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
- 3 tbsp organic raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 and 1/4 tbsp raw honey
Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
Store in a sealed jar in the fridge.