This 1 Amazing Health Benefit of Coconut Vinegar Is a Total Game Changer

The extreme popularity of coconut oil has skyrocketed in recent years. And while some of its benefits have been exaggerated or misrepresented, there’s no denying that coconut oil has some serious health properties. And since we’ve also seen an increase in the consumption of coconut milk and coconut water, many in the natural health field have been wondering what’s next. And now they know.

What is coconut vinegar?

A glass container of yellow coconut extract on a tree trunk.

Coconut vinegar has tons of great benefits. | iStock.com

Coconut vinegar may sound like something made up, but it’s real — and it’s the hipper version of apple cider vinegar. A popular acidic condiment in Southeast Asia and some parts of India, coconut vinegar is a natural substance produced from fermentable coconut sap and the oxidation of ethanol into acetic acid. And yes, it’s good for you.

How is it made?

Coconut blossoms on a coconut tree.

Coconut vinegar is extracted from the sap of coconut blossoms. | DSLucas

Coconut vinegar doesn’t come from the white-flesh tropical fruit we’re accustomed to. It’s created from the sap of coconut blossoms and aged for about a year. During that aging process, the sap naturally ferments, which preserves many of its enzymes and nutrients.

The next apple cider vinegar?

Vinegar and coconuts on a wooden table.

Apple Cider Vinegar is in for a bit of competition. | istock.com

Even though it’s anything but new, coconut vinegar is sometimes called “the new apple cider vinegar.” However, you should make room for both in your pantry — both vinegars have been referenced in studies that date back to Hippocrates, according to the founder of NAO Nutrition. They can be used in similar ways, and they both live up to their hype.

However, coconut vinegar does have one advantage over apple cider vinegar, and it’s a total game-changer.

 The new probiotic on the block

A small glass container filled with vinegar.

The health benefits are incredible. | iStock.com

Coconut vinegar is being called the new probiotic superfood. Since coconut vinegar is a naturally fermented food, it contains probiotics, which support gut health and digestion. Like all natural vinegars, coconut vinegar also has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, which helps fight illness and infection. Sometime as simple as adding coconut vinegar to your diet can work wonders on your health and wellness.

Other health properties of coconut vinegar

Coconuts on a coconut tree.

A good way to get your probiotic intake. | iStock.com

Of course, probiotics aren’t the only reason you should be cooking with coconut vinegar. It is low on the glycemic index, meaning it’s great for controlling your blood sugar and a great option for diabetics. It’s also rich in minerals, especially potassium.

Coconut sap contains all nine essential amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins, which are part of every living cell in the body. Some amino acids help repair tissue, others serve as neurotransmitters to the brain.

How to use coconut vinegar

Small containers of vinegar on a wooden table.

It will be incredibly easy to add to your everyday foods and drinks. | AlexPro9500/Getty Images

Coconut vinegar has a slightly sweet taste, so you can add a little to your tea or water just like you would apple cider vinegar. But the main method of ingestion is to whisk it into dressing or use it in marinades and sauces. Whatever you do, don’t just chug it like a shot — it can irritate your throat and harm your teeth enamel because of its acidity.

Don’t ditch your apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar in a bottle and apples on a wooden table.

Feel free to stock up on both. | YelenaYemchuk/iStock/Getty Images

Good news: Apple cider vinegar and coconut vinegar can live together in harmony in your kitchen. While apple cider vinegar is not a probiotic,  raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar is fermented apples, which contain pectin that will help your digestion. Pectin is a natural prebiotic carbohydrate, which paves the way for your probiotics to do their jobs. The two vinegars have many similar health benefits, and you’ll be doing yourself a favor if you enjoy both.

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