Coconut vinegar is also known as sukang tuba, tuba vinegar, or groan vinegar. This healthful concoction undergoes fermentation process which increases its probiotic content. It is made from coconut sap or coconut water.
As compared to apple cider vinegar, coconut vinegar has a milder taste and has a cloudy, white appearance. It has been used in various dishes as a souring agent and a flavor enhancer.
Found in coconut vinegar are rich amounts of beneficial nutrients like vitamin C, B vitamins, potassium, choline, boron, iron, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. It also contains probiotics and polyphenols.
Here are some of the health benefits we can obtain from adding coconut vinegar into our diet:
May Improve Digestion and Immunity
The fermentation process involved in making coconut vinegar give rise to probiotics, which are bacteria beneficial to our gut health and boost our immunity.
Its acetic acid content can help combat viruses and bacteria like E. coli bacteria which is a well-known cause of food poisoning.
May help Regulate Blood Sugar
Coconut vinegar contains acetic acid that may help lower blood sugar spikes and improve insulin sensitivity after a carb-rich diet. These effects appear strongest when ingested with meals.
May Improve Heart Health
Due to its richness in potassium, coconut vinegar can help improve heart health. Potassium is an important mineral needed in regulating blood pressure, reducing levels of triglycerides in the blood, and lowering the risk of stroke, and heart diseases.
To enjoy these benefits studies suggest that one should take 1-2 tablespoons (15-30 ml) of coconut vinegar per day. Simply add the vinegar in salad dressings 5-6 times per week.
Helps Keep Our Liver Healthy
In a study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 2017, results showed that coconut vinegar may help improve liver function and aids in fast recovery. It can reduce inflammation and restore antioxidant activity, thus protecting the liver against damage.
May Promote Weight Loss
Coconut vinegar has no calories, fats, or carbs. Studies have found that it can decrease body weight by curbing hunger pangs and promoting satiety. Thanks to its acetic acid content.
How to Use Coconut Vinegar
We can enjoy all the benefits listed above if we add coconut vinegar on our daily meals. A few drops of it can be poured into our smoothies and herbal teas. It also goes well with cooked meals, homemade sauces, and salads.