TRUE and FALSE facts about apple cider vinegar

Use vinegar to season, sterilize, soften and neutralize odors.

More than seasoning food, acetic acid has functions that may make your daily life easier and reduce your family expenses. Wilma Spinosa, a chemical engineer, supports this idea.

She explains that, in Europe, consumption of apple cider vinegar per person is approximately 4 liters a year, whereas in Brazil the consumption is 0.6 liters per year. In Europe vinegar is used to clean dogs, carpets and as a preservative in the food industry. “I myself use vinegar in daily cleaning and as a clothes softener; besides all applications, vinegar is inexpensive and reduces purchasing cost of cleaning products.”

Source: Unicamp Journal

Discover some true and false facts about Apple Cider Vinegar:

1) Will apple cider vinegar taken before meals help me not gain weight?

TRUE: Among the studies conducted to asses the beneficial properties of apple cider vinegar to the human body, we can point out the study of the University of Arizona published in the Diabetes Care Journal. Male and female subjects were monitored during a one-month experiment. The subjects would take two spoonfuls of apple cider vinegar diluted in water twice a day, i.e., before lunch and before dinner. At the end of the study, each subject lost an average of 2 kilos (WHITE & JOHNSTON, 2007). CONCLUSION: Apple cider vinegar has key proteins and minerals for weight loss diets.

2) Can apple cider vinegar be used to remove stains on clothing?

TRUE (but with alcohol vinegar): Some hard-to-remove stains can be removed with vinegar diluted in water applied directly to the stain before washing.

These are some stains that can be removed with Toscano Alcohol Vinegar:

Sweat

For delicate fabrics: Soak the fabric for 12 hours in cold water with Toscano Alcohol Vinegar.

Mud

Allow to dry, then brush (choose brush density according to the type of fabric). To eliminate traces, rub the fabric with water and Toscano Alcohol Vinegar – 2 spoonfuls of Toscano Alcohol Vinegar mixed in 1/4 liter of water.

Fruit and Vegetables

Fruit and vegetable stains oxidize in the air (mostly at high temperatures when drying or ironing).  They get brownish and set on the fibers. It is advisable to rinse the stained fabric as soon as possible.  Rub a piece of cloth soaked with Toscano Alcohol Vinegar.

Herbs

Rub lightly with a cloth soaked with common alcohol. If the stain persists: for white cotton fabric or fabrics with a resistant color, soak the piece of clothing in water mixed with bleach. For other types of fabric, use alcohol 90º or Toscano Alcohol Vinegar.

Coffee

Soak immediately in cold water. Then rub gently with a cloth soaked with Toscano Alcohol vinegar. On white fabric, use 10-volume hydrogen peroxide.

3) Is vinegar an antiseptic?

TRUE: Historically, infections in the face, ears and around the eyes were treated with a solution of vinegar and water, which is an effective treatment since vinegar is both an antiseptic and an antibiotic (it contains useful bacteria that kill many harmful microorganisms).  One of the reasons why vinegar is so effective to treat skin disorders is that its pH is almost the same as that of healthy skin. Therefore, an application of vinegar helps regularize the pH of the skin surface (according to ANAV website).

4) Does vinegar reduce itching?

TRUE: To relieve skin itching, we can apply Toscano Alcohol Vinegar with a cotton pad. If the itching is close to the eyes of in sensitive sites, dilute the vinegar at the rate of 4 volumes of water and 1 volume of vinegar. For a complete body treatment, pour two to three glasses of Toscano Alcohol Vinegar in your bath water.

5) Is vinegar recommended for sunburn?

TRUE: To relieve the burning feeling after exposure to sunlight, a bath in warm water with one glass of Toscano apple cider vinegar is recommended.

6) Does apple cider vinegar cure anemia?

FALSE: Anemia is caused either by hemorrhage, chemical agents or vitamin deficiency.  Apple cider vinegar has some elements such as iron, vitamin B-12 as well as an extensive list of nutritious elements, but at concentrations that are not sufficient to treat anemia.

7) Is Apple cider vinegar a cure for arthritis?

FALSE: there is no scientific evidence of benefits of vinegar to fight arthritis.

8) Does apple cider vinegar kill head lice?

HALF TRUTH: In fact vinegar does not kill lice, it only softens the “cement” that binds together the nits and hair, and makes it easier to remove lice with a fine comb. You can use any kind of vinegar, not only apple cider vinegar.

9) Does apple cider vinegar neutralize bad odors in the kitchen?

TRUE: When cooking something with a strong odor, place a pan with Toscano Alcohol vinegar, cinnamon powder and clove close to what is being cooked. This really works.

10) Is vinegar a good window cleaner?

TRUE: Remove dust from the window glass with a soft cloth. Mix three spoonfuls of Toscano Alcohol Vinegar in a bucket with warm water. Wet a clean, soft lint-free cloth. Wring it out to wipe the glass, and dry the glass with another lint-free cloth.  In the end, use crumpled paper to polish.