ACV, or apple cider vinegar, has been used for years, however its recently risen in popularity as its health benefits have become more widely known. ACV is made with apples that are cut or crushed and are combined with yeast, which turns the sugar from the apples into alcohol. But don’t start making ACV cocktails just yet! After the yeast is added, bacteria are added to ferment the alcohol, turning it into acetic acid. This two-step fermentation process can take about a month.
The acetic acid in ACV is its main active ingredient. This organic compound has a sour taste and strong scent, but makes up only about five to six percent of ACV. ACV is low-calorie, with one tablespoon containing only about three calories and virtually no carbs. Although low in calories, ACV is high in amino acids and antioxidants which promote good health. In addition, ACV has disinfecting properties that are able to kill toxins and ‘bad’ bacteria in the body. ACV has several other benefits, and can be used for skin care, weight loss, hair health, and more.