All vinegar is not the same. There are different types, varieties and grades. There is raw, organic and unfiltered. There is processed, heated and non-organic. There is pasteurized and unpasteurized. Which one is the best to buy? Here are few steps which shall help you choose the best type of apple cider vinegar.
No at a Supermarket
You will often find refined, clear, crystal and sparkling vinegar on the shelves in the supermarkets. They are beautiful but not the best. Ugliest is the best. The supermarket sparkling vinegar is processed, artificially flavored and may be overheated and pasteurized. Such types of vinegar is devoid of many healthy and beneficial micro-nutrients. However, some supermarkets may also sell the raw and organic. Make sure you read the label before you buy.
Say no to Plastic Bottles
Plastic bottles may contain toxic material and any drink in contact with plastic material may have more harm than its benefits. Some companies might offer BPA free plastic bottles which are generally considered safer to use. However, my personal experience is that you will rarely find plastic bottles certified as BPA free. Say no to the plastic containers. Buy apple cider vinegar that is bottled in glass bottles.
Buying organic is doing great justice to your health. Avoiding non-organic or GMO food is one of the best ways to safeguard your health from harmful chemicals, pesticides and insecticides. Read the label and buy only if it is certified as organic. Patricia Brag writes in her book that “Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with the “Mother Enzyme” is one of the best body detoxifiers. It can be considered a strong aid to reach the fountain of youth!”
Raw is the Best
Apart from being organic, you will find that the real value and micro nutrients are in the raw ACV. Raw means that it does not undergo any chemical process or filtration to make it clear. No chemicals or artificial flavors are added to it to make it tasty. ACV which undergoes filtration and processing do not have the useful nutrients as they are lost in the process. Raw simply means unfiltered, unprocessed, unpasteurized and unheated.
Buy With the Mother in
What is the Mother? The mother in ACV is the brown stuff which you find floating at the bottom of the bottle of apple cider vinegar. It seems quite yucky. But that is the best bit. It is the result of fermentation. It contains all the enzymes and live bacteria which make the apple cider vinegar so full of healthy stuff.