Vinegar seems to be the latest thing. Not only is it fabulous for cleaning your house, but it turns out it is fabulous for you too. Whereas white vinegar is best for your house, apple cider vinegar is the one that is best for you. New research means doctors and scientists are calling it one of the ‘functional’ foods – foods that are not only nutritious but help prevent and protect against disease.
It contains the same important nutrients as apples – including pectin, beta-carotene and potassium – plus enzymes and amino acids formed during the fermentation process.
Its high potassium content encourages cell, tissue and organism growth, and the enzymes help boost chemical reactions in the body.
It also contains calcium, which maintains healthy bones, helps transmit nerve impulses and regulates muscle contraction, and iron, essential for healthy blood. Magnesium is another component, with many beneficial effects on the body, especially the heart.
Low potassium levels can make us feel permanently tired, and potassium-rich foods help prevent age-related illness.
It also enables the stomach to produce hydrochloric acid, which aids digestion. We lose acid as we age, but apple cider vinegar can help prevent common digestive disorders as we get older.
And if that was not enough, apparently it can help with dementia as well. Is there nothing vinegar cannot do?
Here are two salads this week which feature vinegar. Oh, and lots of healthy vegetables too!
Kohlrabi, Apple and Beetroot Salad
This salad probably serves about 12 people. I halved it and still had loads!
Adapted from Yotam Ottolenghi
2 large kohlrabi
3 apples (cox is best)
2 medium beetroot
Bunch of coriander, roughly chopped, plus extra for garnish
1 garlic clove, crushed
55ml apple cider vinegar
50ml extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
Peel the kohlrabi, cut in half and slice thinly. Core the apples and slice to the same thickness. Peel the beetroot and grate coarsely on a cheese grater or shred on a mandolin.
Mix together all the vegetables in a large bowl, then add the rest of the ingredients. Stir well, taste and season – you can afford to be generous with the salt. Pile up on a serving plate and garnish with extra chopped coriander.