Tasty Recipe for Cooking with Cider

Cooking with cider isn’t just because it adds flavour, it’s for those who want their cooking to reflect a healthy lifestyle. Cider is tasty and healthy and can add zest to any dish. Macaroni and cheese is a favourite dish for lunch or dinner with delicious ingredients like butter, flour, macaroni, cheese, milk and cider. Once you’ve melted the butter in a saucepan, stir in the flour and milk; add the cider in and stir well. Now it’s time to add your salt and pepper as well as the cheese, before adding in the macaroni. Bake in the oven until crispy and golden brown (about 20 minutes). Macaroni and cheese is temptingly rich, and to enjoy more of your favourite dish, try cooking with cider, which is more acidic and brings a tantalising flavour experience to your mac and cheese dish. Some people use wine or beer to add that acidic component to their food, but a simplemacaroni and cheese with cider dish has more health benefits, making it everyone’s natural choice.

Is apple cider vinegar safe to drink?

Is apple cider vinegar safe to drink?

In this day and age, we are more informed about our health and medical options and often look for a more natural approach for curing our ailments and various health conditions. Have you ever considered apple cider vinegar? Apple cider vinegar is a superfood. Apple cider vinegar, seems natural enough, but is apple cider vinegar safe to drink? Although more research needs to be undertaken, the research that has been completed indicated that there are low to minimal long or short term effects. When you are sick, is apple cider vinegar safe to drink? You betcha, in fact, it can even relieve some illness’. Upset stomach, apple cider vinegar has got you covered. Apple cider vinegar has antibiotic properties and experts suggest that it contains pectin which relieves abdominal muscle spasms. Pectin can also cure those pesky hiccups, no more holding your breath or hoping someone will scare the hiccups out of you. Potassium is also a common component of apple cider vinegar. Potassium thins mucous, good-bye stuffy nose! Acne and skin tags are often remedied with apple cider vinegar by applying it to cotton wool and placing it in direct contact with the affected area. It is easy to see that apple cider vinegar really is a superfood whose benefits are invaluable to our overall health.

Cider Nutrition Facts and Figures

Cider is made from the fermented juice of apples with the UK being the country with the highest consumption. Cider alcohol content varies from 1.2% to 12% depending on the country it is sold in. Experts say that to benefit from cider nutrition, you need to buy the raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and to make sure its organic. This is because it contains a natural sediment with trace minerals, beneficial bacteria and pectin. There are however Things you need to know before drinking apple cider vinegar. There are unfounded claims about it and many people think that drinking apple cider vinegar means instant weight loss. There are specialists in obesity management who say that the cider has no physiological properties to melt fat away. However there are many health experts who vouch for cider nutrition and tell us that drinking apple cider vinegar offers a wide range of health benefits from assisting with diabetes to fighting high cholesterol, and yes, even with weight loss.

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Pear Cider: Heaven or Hell for Purists?

Pear Cider: Part of English culture for centuries

Alcoholic drinks made from fermented pears have a long and noble history. They have been common in England for centuries, especially in the “Three Counties” (Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, and Worcestershire). However, in the second half of the 20th-century consumption dropped dramatically as changing agricultural practices killed off pear orchards. In this time pear cider (or “perry”) became something of a joke with serious cider drinkers, as products like Babycham and Lambrini gave the drink a bad name.

In 2007 the market experienced an incredible boom with sales jumping by tens of millions of pounds in a couple of years and the likes of Kopperbarg, Bulmers and Magners becoming commonplace in pubs. Purists like CAMRA have strongly criticised the new cider products, even saying that they shouldn’t be called “pear cider” at all.

This criticism is somewhat justified as many of these drinks are not made in the traditional way with fermented pears. Instead, they obtain their alcoholic content by different means and are then flavoured with pear concentrate. It´s not all bad news. Although this hasn’t experienced the high profile of the craft beer phenomenon, small local breweries continue to produce delightful pear ciders using traditional methods. These have the bite and refreshing qualities of a good cider combined with the undefinable sweet, floral, pear aroma. Three I can thoroughly recommend are Oliver´s, the Kent Cider Company and Raglan Cider Mill.

Sparkling apple cider

Sparkling apple cider

I’ve said before how I look back with wonderful memories of days spent on my grandparent’s farm and in the orchards, so it came as a pleasant surprise to discover that there are quite a few orchards across the UK countryside. I’m quite fascinated to discover how sparkling apple ciders are made from delicious quality apples and how spices like cinnamon and vanilla along with some yeast can give such a delicious drink. Different varieties of apples are used in ciders and the fermented juices are then blended. With sparkling apple cider, alcohol is created when the yeast is added for fermentation. There are so many ideas about making sparkling apple cider on the Internet, and cleanliness with the apples and your equipment is key. Of course, the recipes are all expandable, but the trick is to start small, like starting with about 7 bottles just in case something goes wrong. If you become serious about your cider-making, you may even want to invest in an apple press. Let me know how your cider turns out!

Cardiovascular benefits of Apple Cider

Cardiovascular benefits of Apple Cider

Cardiovascular disease is the biggest cause of deaths worldwide. This is connected directly to the lifestyle and eating habits. Humans are eating more junk than ever and this contributes to the toll. Apple cider has benefits of reducing the risk of heart diseases.

Experimental study on the effect of Apple cider on rats was done. The result exhibited that Apple cider can help reduce cholesterol and triglycerides level in blood. Clinical tests reveal that these two are the major causes of blockages in heart. Indeed Apple cider is beneficial for the heart. But there has been no direct tests done on humans. Apple cider also contains chlorogenic acid which oxidizes LDL cholesterol which is the cholesterol responsible for heart blockages.

This may be taken as evidence but human and animal physiology is quite different. A proper study needs to add to the observational study done by Harvard on Women eating salad dressed with Apple cider. The Harvard study has shown that this group of women had lesser chances of heart ailment. However there is no clinching evidence about effect of Apple Cider on heart health.

To conclude there is ample evidence from tests conducted on animals that cider can reduce cholesterol, triglycerides and also reduces blood pressure. This indicates that cider has obvious good effect on heart but a conclusive study is needed.

ACV benefits – Part 2

I hope you have been taking ACV on daily basis and witnessing the various benefits it offers first hand. As promised in my last post, here I continue with more benefits of ACV.

Apple Cidr Vinegar  - really does have a part to play in keeping you healthy

Weight Loss

The use of ACV can also trigger your weight loss program, for as we consume food the properties of ACV breakdown the proteins in the food to produce amino acid which works as a fuel to increases the production of growth hormones which are essential for weight loss. And since the solution is laced with pectin which is an insoluble fiber you feel contented with less food, and like all insoluble fibers it keeps your hunger pangs away for a longer period, hence you stay away from mid day blemished calorie snacks.

Then again the motive of ACV being to breakdown food proteins, it also helps in release of iron from the food which in itself is a building block for hemoglobin and myoglobin which disperses oxygen to the body cells. This supply of oxygen to the cells helps in burning down calories which again stimulates weight loss.

Strengthens Immune System

You must have heard of an apple a day…, the same can be said about the apple cider vinegar solution. It fires your whole immune system, and has the potential to kill many harmful bacteria. It also has antiviral properties, and the regular users of ACV are less likely to get viral flu or cold. The ACV as a preservative has properties which prohibits the growth of bacteria like E. coli in food as well.

There are countless other beneficial qualities of apple cider vinegar which include, regulating blood sugar level, blood pressure, detoxification, heart benefits, heartburns, intestinal problems, constipation, prevention against cancer, etc.

Want to know more? Stay tuned!

Apple Cider Vinegar Uses to Improve Health – Part 1

 

If nature has stored ailments for you, it has stored remedies for them as well if you look at the right places, and apple cider vinegar is one of the remedies. It is a natural product which is produced by the fermentation process of apple juice as its sugar contents turn into vinegar. Have a glance at this great advice and apple cider vinegar uses to improve health.

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Digestion

The vinegar in unpasteurized form is every effective to stimulate your digestive process. Just take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, mix it in a glass of water and drink it 15 – 20 minutes before meals. The solution is filled with trace elements, nutrients, enzymes, pectin, acetic acid and amino acids which renovate your cholesterol levels and fat burning capabilities apart from other benefits. If you cultivate a regular habit of having apple cider vinegar before meals, it will help you get the most out of your food and make you stay filled for a longer period.

Cure for Eczema

The solution of apple cider vinegar has also been proved useful for the skin condition of eczema. It is a condition where skin breaks occur and rashes appear which could be very painful. If you have tried steroid creams which turned out to be ineffective, try applying a mixture of water and few tablespoons of ACV solution over the affected area. You can see visible positive results within few days. It is a cheap and effective way to cure eczema and psoriasis.

While you make ACV a regular part of your day, I will discuss more health benefits ACV offers in my next post.

Introduction to Using Apple Cider Vinegar

Our human body like any living organism is prone to get infested by different ailments, which is the cost we have to pay for living in different challenging circumstances. Our unhealthy living lifestyle void of intensive exercises and loads of junk intakes can make our body a bin of toxic waste which creates ideal conditions for illnesses to seep in. Among other remedies the introduction to using apple cider vinegar has come handy to countless people who are health conscious and have taken upon themselves to do the cleansing work of their bodies.

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The Introduction

To introduce apple cider vinegar as part of your regular diet is a great way to start rehabilitating your bodies. There are multiple benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar and pointing at one would mean looking at one tree and missing out the whole jungle. Hence make it a habit of gulping a cup of water with 2 tablespoons of ACV every day and unwittingly you will be scripting a new algorithm for your body. The magic portion is cheap to get and your body has lots to gain from it. The benevolent qualities of ACV have been known to humans from ancient times and it has been used as a preservative and as an anti-infection agent as well.

Detoxification

The acids contained in ACV can help you in your detoxification process whereby all the toxic waste accumulated in your body is successfully eliminated. The solution is a bundle of minerals and enzymes which purifies the blood which leads to detoxification of liver and cleaning up the lymph nodes to facilitate better flow of lymph. This healthy circulation helps in removal of toxin materials from the cells, which ultimately kindles the immune system to work more efficiently. The ACV works as a purifier that breaks down the unhealthy mucus, fatty, and phlegm deposits in our bodies and restores healthiness to our vital organs.

Importance of Detoxification

A stitch in time saves nine, and it stands perfectly true for detoxification process. You need detoxification to be done to your body on a regular basis. In your prime time you may not feel the adverse affects of it but as the pile of dump heaps up and your body ages you can feel the baneful effects of the toxic wastes. You may feel fatigue setting in your body, and other discomforts begin to rise that trashes your bodies with diseases like arthritis, bronchitis, rheumatism, heart conditions, high blood pressure, influenza, and even cancer threatening symptoms.

Potassium

Another vital ingredient of apple cider vinegar is its potassium content which is known for its health benefits. The mineral works as a building block for replacing the worn down tissues with growth of new ones. It is a mineral which all living organisms need to grow, and apart from other health benefits it strengthens the blood vessels. It is also beneficial for people suffering with anxiety and nervousness.

To introduce apple cider vinegar in your family you do not need any heroics, just include its use in your cooking procedures or consuming it with water before meals.

Health benefits of Cider

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Vinegar also known as cider is an age-old cooking essential. Traditionally it is supposed to be a cure for many diseases. Science also agrees to the fact now.Vinegar is prepared by adding bacteria to alcohol. These bacteria convert alcohol into acetic acid. Here are some health benefits which vinegar intake will result in.

  • High in Acetic acid – Cider is having lots to offer . It has all kinds of beneficial chemicals which help our body. Good quality cider also has anti-oxidants and reduces aging.The chemicals present in vinegar are beneficial to humans and animals.
  • It kills bacteria – Cider is a great preservative. It is natural and kills almost all bacteria. It has been used for wound cleaning and has antiseptic properties as well.
  • Lowers Blood sugar – regular intake of cider can help to lower blood sugar. It is very beneficial for diabetics. Just have enough in your food and you will not require medication. It is a natural remedy for diabetes.
  • Reduces weight – It has been found in studies that Vinegar can help reduce weight also.It decreases you appetite, you will eat less and hence will have weight loss. A great way to lose weight, right.
  • Healthy Heart – Cider has been known to lower cholesterol and triglycerides. These are responsible for 90 percent of heart attack cases. Hence using vinegar can reduce the risk of a heart attack.
  • Anti – Carcinogenic – Use of vinegar in food helps to remove chemicals which cause cancer. With pollution all around us Vinegar can help us fight cancer in an astute manner.