Points to Consider before you Buy Apple Cider Vinegar in India
Apple cider vinegar or ACV is the most popular vinegar in the natural health community, a light to medium amber colored liquid. The words of vinegar mean acid wine. It is made by crushing apples and squeezing juices. The bacteria and yeast are added to the liquid to start the fermentation process and the sugar is converted into alcohol, then the alcohol is converted into vinegar by bacteria that form acetic acid. Acetic acid is mainly responsible for the sour taste of the vinegar.
For centuries, vinegar has been used for various domestic and cooking purposes (salad dressings, marinades, vinaigrettes, food preservatives and chutneys etc.), as a flavoring agent and for various health benefits such as weight management, it supports a healthy immune system improves digestion and many others.
In addition to these uses, apple cider vinegar also has numerous other non-health related uses such as hair conditioning, dental care, as a cleanser and is particularly useful for people who like to keep things natural and without chemicals, one of the best ecological option.
One thing to remember when buying any type of ACV is that apple cider vinegar doesn't have to be pasteurized. Pasteurization is the heating used to kill harmful bacteria. Unfortunately, the heating process will also kill the good bacteria. That's why we need unpasteurized.
Here are other tips for getting the best apple cider vinegar:
Uglier is better
You will often find refined, clear, crystal clear and sparkling vinegar on supermarket shelves. They are beautiful but not the best. The ugliest is the best. Supermarket sparkling vinegar is processed, artificially flavored and can be overheated and pasteurized. These types of vinegar are devoid of many healthy and beneficial micronutrients. However, some supermarkets may also sell raw and organic products. Make sure you read the label before buying.
No plastic bottle
Plastic bottles can contain toxic material and any drink in contact with plastic can have more damage than its benefits. Some companies may 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.
Buying certified organic products is doing great justice to your health. Avoiding non-organic foods or GMOs is one of the best ways to safeguard health from harmful chemicals, pesticides and insecticides. Read the label and buy only if it is certified as organic.