Melrose Organic Apple Cider Vinegar 500ml
Melrose Organic Apple Cider Vinegar 500ml
Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, in 400BC treated his patients with apple cider vinegar for its powerful cleansing, healing and germ fighting qualities.
Well before Hippocrates' time, apples were cultivated for cider making since Neolithic times in Britain and later in other cool climates in Europe and the Mediterranean region. From apple cider, vinegar is produced by simple aeration in a process we call fermentation. The end result is vinegar with its acidity due to acetic acid.
Melrose supplies a choice of two Apple Cider Vinegars made from whole ripened apples: our favourite is organic Apple Cider Vinegar with 6% acetic acid, which is what we offer here in this store.
Unlike commercial vinegars, Melrose Apple Cider Vinegars are unpasteurised and unfiltered in order to preserve nutritional value. Natural sediment is the true sign of raw, unfiltered vinegar. (The sediment can be broken up by shaking the bottle).
Apple Cider Vinegar contains pectin, trace minerals, potassium, beneficial bacteria and enzymes. Commercial apple cider vinegar is filtered and pasteurised which destroys any enzymes present.
Apple Cider Vinegar is rich in enzymes and potassium. Its acidic content is the reason it acts as a germ fighter and is used in many foods as a natural preservative against spoilage. People with upset stomachs benefit from the extra help Apple Cider Vinegar gives in digesting food. Whether this is because of the extra acidity or help from enzymes is uncertain.
If poor digestion is occurring, your body has to call on other processes and thus diverts energy from other activities. This is why some people feel tired after a meal. Their bodies are having great difficulty digesting what they have eaten and energy is being diverted.
If digestion is incomplete, the body becomes sluggish, leading the way to an overweight condition, and lack of physical and mental energy.
What's the new research?
The first was a 2005 Swedish study that looked at how vinegar affected digestion. When taken with a meal, vinegar helped keep blood sugar and insulin levels lower after the meal. Lower blood sugar and insulin levels means that dangerous peaks and troughs don't form; these can lead to type II diabetes, and also are associated with high blood pressure and high cholesterol. This is great news for diabetics or people with hypoglycaemia. These peaks and troughs in blood sugar lead to cravings, so taking vinegar with a meal is ideal for slimmers. The study also found that vinegar increased satiety, or your level of fullness. So sipping some vinegar mixed with water will help to stop you having that second helping or piece of cake!
The second was a study performed in Arizona, USA, where volunteers consumed high GI (Glycemic Index) meals of bagels and fruit juice, with a dose of vinegar. The glucose response to these meals was significantly reduced by taking vinegar. Your body will treat a high GI meal like a low GI meal if you take vinegar at the same time.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I include apple cider vinegar in my diet?
You can mix one or two teaspoons with a little honey and some water, and sip during a meal. Some people prefer to take it before bed; if you're an insomniac, traditionally this mixture is used to help bring about sleep.
Apple cider vinegar makes great chutneys, relishes or pickles.
Remember apple cider vinegar is an acid, so always dilute before swallowing.
What's the slimy thing in my vinegar bottle? Should I throw it out?
No! That is the 'mother', and it's actually cellulose, a natural fibre produced by the vinegar bacteria. This vinegar will also be coloured like tea and contain sediment, and may even be made the traditional way, by ageing the vinegar in oak like wine. These days, vinegar like this is becoming harder to find, but always choose this natural, traditional variety if you can. It's best in a glass bottle; because it's an acid, vinegar shouldn't be stored in plastic. We offer it in a 2lt size as well for larger users and we recommend that you transfer it to glass bottles once you have received your purchase , then store in a darkened cupboard or pantry.
Some people eat the 'mother', but if you like you can filter it out before you use the vinegar.
Why is organic important?
Commercial crops and soils are sprayed with a host of chemicals to prevent insect attack on the plant or fruit. The consumer trusts that the Government analysts have made a correct assessment of the effect of any spray residues on the human body. To avoid any guesswork, organically grown fruit has a guarantee that pesticide and weedicide residues are non-existent. Certified organic apples offer exceptional quality and flavour.
Typical Composition - grams per 100ml
Total acid as Acetic acid = 6-9
Malic Acid = 0.03-0.04
Protein = 0.06-0.09
Total sugars = 0.15-0.7
Non sugar solids = 1.5-3.0
Calcium = 5-8mg
Phosphorus = 5-8mg
Polyphenols = 0.02-0.1
Total Alcohols = 0.1-1.0
Glycerol = 0.3-0.5
Iron, Copper, Zinc = Traces
Sodium = 0.04-0.1
Potassium = 0.1-1.0
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Recipes you may find useful using this delicious Organic Apple Cider Vinegar.
Omega Plus Salad Dressing
* 180ml Organic Hemp Seed Oil
* 60 ml Melrose Apple Cider Vinegar
* 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
* 2-4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
* 1 teaspoon Tamari
* 6 drops Tabasco
* 1 dessertspoon fresh basil, chopped
* 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
* 1/2 teaspoon sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon tomato paste
Blend all ingredients - use within 1 week.
Organic Tomato Sauce
* 1 1/2 kg Organic Tomatoes
* 2 tablespoons Sea Salt
* 2 cups Melrose Organic Apple Cider Vinegar -see 2lt size
* 2 tablespoons Organic Raw Sugar
* 2 teaspoons Organic Mustard Powder
* 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
Skin tomatoes and chop. Sprinkle with the sea salt and let stand for at least 3 hours. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to boil. Let simmer for 30 minutes, stirring frequently. When thick and smooth fill into clean sterilised bottles and refrigerate before using . Absolutely delicious !
2 dessert spoons Melrose Apple Cider Vinegar, 6 dessert spoons of cold pressed oil of your choice, fresh ground sea salt, freshly ground pepper.
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 2 cups chopped celery
* 1 litre Melrose Apple Cider Vinegar
Boil for 3 minutes and seal it all in a glass jar for 3 weeks. Strain and use