If you love the healthy benefits of apple cider vinegar (ACV), but really don’t like the taste, then boy do I have a treat for you! I’ve actually heard more clients and friends say that they’ve tried taking ACV shots for improved digestion, and instead felt like they were going to get sick. Now your problem is solved with coconut vinegar.
It’s true, apple cider vinegar isn’t for everyone. That’s why I got real giddy when I discovered drinking vinegars, more specifically coconut vinegar. I first stumbled upon drinking vinegars on a trip to Charleston. I experienced a coconut drinking vinegar oozing with probiotics at a low country restaurant for brunch, and read about the benefits on their menu. Since then, it’s been making its way more and more into my life – which I’m taking as a sign that I need to write about it.
First and foremost, coconut drinking vinegar is less acidic and has a milder taste than apple cider vinegar. Hip hip – hooray! Now ya don’t have to plug your nose every time you want to take a vinegar-y shot. Another thing that makes coconut vinegar so great? It’s a fermented food and we all know how much I love foods that help heal your gut. Vinegar is regarded as one of the simplest of probiotic foods and I have to say I was intrigued about the idea of this particular type of vinegar. Especially since I love all things coconut.
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What Is Coconut Vinegar?
Coconut vinegar comes from the blossom sap of the coconut tree. After going through the fermentation process, it gets pumped with amino acids, vitamins B and C, and potassium. Coconut vinegar (CV) is a dream-come-true for the health conscious who are looking for prebiotic bacteria fighting properties. Personally I think it tastes darn good without the sugar and extra calories added….and I mean zero calories and no sugar! Popular in the Asia Pacific region, it’s now gaining a following here in the U.S.
When looking for a coconut vinegar brand, make sure it is fermented from coconut tree sap, and not water.
Benefits of Coconut Vinegar
Contains amino acids: Coconut vinegar contains 17 amino acids! 17 folks! If you don’t know, amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Although, you would need to consume a boat load of coconut vinegar to get your daily allowance, so you should also include additional foods to your diet that are higher in amino acids.Ensuring that foods high in amino acids make their way into your diet is crucial. I’m talking major beauty benefits here – you want lustrous locks? Then find foods with those freaky deaky aminos. (Don’t know why I threw in the freaky deaky phrase…just in that kind of mood today).
May help alleviate digestive issues: Similar to ACV, coconut vinegars are said to have the same benefits when it comes to regulating metabolism and aiding digestion. It also contains a natural prebiotic called FOS which helps the “friendly” bacteria thrive in our gut (FOS basically feeds the friendly bacteria). The best part? It’s calorie and sugar free but more importantly it contains acetic acid which is believed to produce proteins that help the body break down fats.
Low glycemic: Since coconut vinegar is low GI, it may help keep your blood sugar levels in check. Want to learn more about low glycemic foods? Read all about them here!
Ways to Use Coconut Vinegar:
As A Daily Shot: I’m one of those that occasionally likes to take a “shot” of ACV to start my day with the detox process (many also tout vinegar as a great way to enhance the weight loss process), but now that I’ve found a milder and sweeter version I’m all on board to switch up my almost-daily shot to an organic CV. Just want to tell ya though that it doesn’t taste like coconut but it sure goes down easier than ACV.
Dress Up Your Salads: It can be used in your dressing recipes for salads but won’t have the same kick as other vinegars so I’d stick with using it when you want more of a sweeter taste for your dressing mix.
Skin and Hair tonics: For those that like using vinegar for hair and skin, a cup of CV can be used as an undiluted hair tonic by massaging the scalp and working through dry hair, leaving on for 30 to 40 minute and then rinse. CV can also be applied with a cotton ball directly on skin as a natural astringent and skin tightener.
Pressery Coconut “Drinking” Vinegar
Try it for Yourself!!
I was also happy to try some coconut drinking vinegars for myself when I was offered samples from Pressery. Pressery boasts the fact that their coconut vinegar’s helps boost your metabolism to help you burn more calories throughout the day. Sign me up! I was actually gifted some samples from them and was able to try all of their vinegar’s..and to my surprise they were not overpowering at all. The flavors were actually fantastic. They also focus on extracting as much nutrients for their juices as they can. I’m always down for brands that are always aware of providing the best products possible! So – if you’re interested in trying out drinking vinegar for yourself, this is a brand I recommend!
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Disclaimer: Pressery sent me complimentary juice samples to taste for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.