For centuries, Apple Cider Vinegar (a.k.a. ACV) and raw vinegars have been used for holistic living due to their many remarkable benefits. Recently, however, Coconut vinegar has been gaining popularity for having many of the same benefits as ACV and more, so we decided to see how it stands up against ACV and what the differences are.
In terms of how both vinegars are made, there aren’t any major differences. Apple cider vinegar is made by taking the juice of crushed apples and combining them with sugar and water to kick off the first stage of fermentation that ultimately produces alcohol. The alcohol is further fermented and the final result is raw, unpasteurized ACV. Coconut vinegar is also made in the same way, the only difference is that instead of mashed apple juice as the base, the sap from the coconut tree is used.
One major component they have in common is acetic acid. This acid is what is responsible for most of the health benefits both vinegars have. It is responsible for the burning of fat in the body, which aids in weight loss, the increase in metabolism as well as the lowering of blood sugar.
Normally the fat found in food is processed in our body to produce fatty acids, which is the fuel our body uses to function. The acetic acid found in both vinegars increases the rate at which this fat is converted into fatty acids resulting in less fat being stored in the body. This is why a lot of people report significant weight loss after incorporating ACV in their diet. Coconut vinegar offers the same metabolism boosting benefits.
It is also beneficial to people who suffer from diabetes in that, glucose produced from digestion, which would likely be stored as fat all over the body is reduced. In short, when it comes to improving digestion and regulation of your blood sugar, both ACV and Coconut vinegar can be beneficial when introduced to your diet.
|Apple Cider Vinegar||Coconut Vinegar|
|Slightly more acidic at 3.075||Slightly less acidic at 3.5|
|16 Amino Acids||17 Amino Acids|
|Lower in Potassium at 90mg/L||Higher in Potassium at 10,300mg/L|
|Lower in trace minerals||Higher in trace minerals|
The key difference between the two types of vinegars is the amount of minerals found in them. Coconut vinegar boasts a higher mineral content, with presence of minerals such as, potassium, iron, zinc and calcium, whereas Apple Cider vinegar contains little minerals in trace amounts. This therefore means that Coconut vinegar is more beneficial to those suffering from fatigue due to mineral deficiency.
Another advantage Coconut vinegar has over ACV is the presence of at least 17 amino acids in it, Vitamins C and B as well as enzymes and prebiotics. All these help in improving the immune system and gut health.
Coconut vinegar is also less acidic than apple cider vinegar so it is a little less likely to damage the enamel of the teeth or burn the throat. Still, this offers an advantage for Apple cider vinegar making it more useful as a detergent. The higher acidity is also useful when washing pets as it makes getting rid of fleas easy. ACV’S acidic properties are also beneficial for use on the hair as a last rinse. This is because it restores the natural ph balance and acid mantle of the scalp and hair and it helps to seals hair cuticles.
In as much as coconut vinegar is less acidic, it still offers great benefits for the hair. Its high mineral content and the presence of amino acids serve as a great treatment for the hair, resulting in strong clean and nourished strands. One great way you can use coconut vinegar is taking 2 table spoons and mixing it to your leave in conditioner, or mixing ½ Coconut vinegar and 1/2 water in a spray bottle to gently cleanse.
On the body, both vinegars offer antifungal, antimicrobial and antibacterial relief. They can be used to eliminate body oduor by wiping your armpits and intimate areas. They can also be added to foot soaks, and one can benefit due to their antifungal properties. In addition, both vinegars can help to get rid of dry and cracked feet. For the face, both vinegars are beneficial to use as toners as they replace your skin’s acid mantle to its naturally acidic ph. They both help get rid of acne scars, dark spots, wrinkles, sunburn and black heads. People who suffer from oily skin benefit a lot from using either of the two as toners. Due to the fact that it is nutrient dense, Coconut vinegar has an added advantage as it helps minimize dark circles.
The final take away from this is that both Coconut vinegar and Apple Cider offer amazing benefits and the differences are minimal. They both are tremendous for the improvement of digestion and the immune system as well as for use topically. However for health benefits, if you are looking for an extra boost in terms of nutrients and minerals, for example before or after fasting or exercise, Coconut vinegar is the way to go.
- When looking to buy Apple cider vinegar, always look for one that is raw, unpasteurized and has the mother. The mother is the source of all the beneficial bacteria found in ACV. Sheth Natural’s Apple Cider Vinegar is a good example.
- Always dilute the vinegars before you use them either topically or when adding to your drinking water. For drinking, use one table spoon of vinegar to 500ml of water. For use topically, one part of vinegar to two parts of water is recommended.
- When looking for Coconut vinegar, make sure it is one that was made from the sap of the tree and not from coconut water. The sap is extra rich in minerals and nutrients. Also look for one that is raw and unpasteurized. An example of this is the Afroganics Coconut Vinegar.
- Feeling a bit tired during the day, add 2 teaspoons of Coconut vinegar to your bottle of water every day. The high mineral content will boost the energy levels in your body.
- Always wash freshly bought vegetables and fruits in water that has a reasonable amount of Apple Cider vinegar. This is because it has antibacterial and antifungal properties that ensure the produce is clean before consuming.
- Keep a spray bottle with ACV, Coconut vinegar or equal parts of both mixed with water, which you can quickly spray on the hair and scalp to cleanse or relieve itchiness.
- Substitute ACV with Coconut vinegar in your salad dressings and sauces as it is a tad bit sweeter than its counterpart.
- Add a little bit of either Coconut vinegar, ACV or both to your shampoo on wash day. They both help get rid of build up, soften the hair and eliminate dandruff.
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