Apples are a veritable goldmine of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. They pack a powerful nutritional punch and are truly deserving of the age-old adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” These powerhouses contain beta carotene (an antioxidant), pectin (a soluble fiber), as well as a host of minerals, the most notable being potassium. One apple contains 10 percent of your recommended daily allowance of potassium! Quite amazing for such a small and unassuming fruit!
Unfortunately, it is quite sad that generally a clear vinegar is regarded as more aesthetically pleasing and accordingly, to meet consumer demand, the manufacturers comply with societal pressure and end up filtering and pasteurizing the vinegar they produce. This means that the “mother of vinegar” is removed as along with any sediment. This process stops the activity of the acetobacter bacteria, the precise thing that makes the vinegar nutritionally effective. These live cultures are responsible for the complexity of flavors present in the final product and renders the vinegar full of character by injecting the liquid with its healthful qualities. So while you may end up with a product that is commercially acceptable because it can be regulated the world over, you are essentially compromising many of the vital qualities that make it so effective for good health.
The high quality vinegar that Dr. Jarvis wrote about in his book, Folk Medicine, in which he espoused the use of a daily dose of apple cider vinegar and honey, can today be found in Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar. Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar is unpasteurized, unheated, and unfiltered and contains all the wonderful health promoting qualities and nutrition of the apples from which it was made.
One only has to examine the following list of nutrients below to recognize the immense potential in apples and apple cider vinegar.