National Apple Cider Vinegar Day takes place every year on September 23, and this year it falls on a Friday! It might sound odd for there to be a national holiday for apple cider vinegar, and you wouldn’t be wrong in thinking that it is indeed odd. However, apple cider vinegar has a multitude of uses, ranging from being a weight loss aid, decreasing blood sugar, to even cleaning stubborn stains on pots and pans. This liquid is a bit of a miracle substance and is often a product that people keep in the back of their cupboards, waiting for the fateful day when they inevitably need a spoon or two of it.
History of National Apple Cider Vinegar Day
National Apple Cider Vinegar Day was reportedly first observed in 2021 by Bragg Live Food Productions, L.L.C. The debut of the new holiday is well-timed as people have become more health-conscious in recent years and are turning more and more to natural and homeopathic remedies before they have to use pharmaceuticals. Despite the holiday itself not having much history, apple cider vinegar has a history that spans thousands of years.
The invention of apple cider vinegar dates back to 5000 B.C. when the Babylonians produced vinegar from the indigenous date palms and used it as a preservative and source of food. Vinegar is a key ingredient in pickling and is therefore very popular because the process of pickling foods extends the shelf life of foods by a large amount. This was especially necessary when people lived without fridges and other effective means of keeping food fresh. Traces of vinegar have even been found in the urns that the Ancient Egyptians used in the entombing process used to preserve their dead. Since many civilizations around the world evolved and developed their own variations of vinegar from various fruits, sugars, or rice, they found more and more uses for the substance.
Throughout history, vinegar has been used as an affordable flavoring for foods, a treatment for colds and coughs, and as a source of vitamins B, C, and acetic acid. Vinegar has even been used to treat more serious wounds, as demonstrated by its use as a staple medical tool during WWI. There are dozens of uses for all types of vinegar, from being used as a cleaning agent to being a legitimate medicinal substance.
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Hippocrates suggests using apple cider vinegar to treat the common cold.
Sung Tse, the forefather of forensic science, advises the use of vinegar and sulfur to prevent infections when conducting autopsies.
Four thieves use vinegar tonic as a drink and a rub while being around the infected to survive plague times.
Settlers use vinegar as a spice, pickling agent, medicine, and preservative.
National Apple Cider Vinegar Day FAQs
What are the cons of drinking apple cider vinegar?
Dental erosion, digestive issues, and over time, it can reduce bone density and potassium levels.
Is apple cider vinegar good for getting rid of cholesterol?
Reportedly, yes. However, studies conducted have only used rats as test subjects.
Can apple cider vinegar treat cancer?
There have been observed improvements in cancer patients consuming the product, but the data is untested and could be correlational.
National Apple Cider Vinegar Day Activities
Share your hacks
Apple cider vinegar is like duct tape, it’s for basically anything. From being used as an herbicide to an organic mouthwash, vinegar is used for a variety of hacks and remedies. To celebrate the occasion, share your favorite hack involving apple cider vinegar or learn a new one!
Try a new recipe
Not only is apple cider vinegar used for a variety of hacks, but it’s also used in food. From a good salad dressing to the most delectable caramelized apple pie, you’ll find a recipe that makes your mouth water, and don’t be surprised if it has apple cider vinegar!
Go on a health kick
With all the health benefits that apple cider vinegar offers, now is the perfect day to start that health kick. Go on, get started!
5 Facts About Apple Cider Vinegar That Will Blow Your Mind
An organic herbicide
Apple cider vinegar can be used to kill weeds as long as the surrounding plants you want to keep do well in an acidic environment.
Apple cider vinegar naturally boosts energy because of the minerals and enzymes.
To aid digestion and lymphatic health, take small doses of apple cider vinegar regularly.
Apple cider vinegar is acidic enough to corrode your teeth and cause dental problems if consumed excessively.
On the other hand, apple cider vinegar is an excellent way to banish bad breath caused by bacteria in the mouth.
Why We Love National Apple Cider Vinegar Day
An unloved little acid
Although apple cider vinegar has recently become popular in fitness and health circles, it’s still severely underrated. This day gives it a chance to shine a little brighter.
It’s a cooking prompt
We love cooking, and we love it even more when it comes with an ingredient you get to use. Try it out today if you haven’t before.
A D.I.Y. challenge
Sometimes our life hacks get a little too dull. Challenging yourself to find uses for apple cider vinegar can freshen up your repertoire and your home!
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