The Unexpected Benefit Of Using Apple Cider Vinegar On Your Salad

Apple cider vinegar is made from apple cider that has been fermented with yeast and bacteria. This process creates acetic acid, which is the main active ingredient in the product (via WebMD). Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a popular ingredient in homemade salad dressing because it adds a bright acidity to the dish. However, adding this ingredient to your salad has another benefit.

Accordion to University of Chicago Medicine, putting ACV on a salad can decrease the amount of bacteria found on the greens. A 2005 study found that putting apple cider vinegar on arugula decreased the growth of Salmonella, which is bacteria that can cause intestinal issues. Combining ACV with lemon juice decreased an even higher amount of bacteria. With so many recalls for various greens lately, it couldn't hurt to add some apple cider vinegar to your next salad. Of course, this ingredient won't kill all bacteria on your salad and you shouldn't rely on this method to stay safe when eating greens. Be sure to wash your salad thoroughly and throw away any questionable-looking leaves.

Health benefits of apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has a long history of use as a natural remedy. It has been used to treat everything from colds and flu to skin conditions and digestive problems (via Healthline). Today, apple cider vinegar is most commonly used as a natural way to improve digestion and promote gut health. The fermentation process that apple cider vinegar undergoes creates probiotics. Probiotics are live bacteria that are beneficial for gut health that can help improve digestion, reduce inflammation, and boost immunity. Apple cider vinegar has also been shown to help with the treatment of type 2 diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels.

However, apple cider vinegar is also highly acidic and should not be consumed straight. Undiluted apple cider vinegar can damage tooth enamel and irritate the digestive system. If you want to enjoy the benefits of apple cider vinegar, be sure to dilute it with water or another liquid before consuming it.