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30 Awesome Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar Everyday
By Helen West
Interestingly, it also has a ton of different beauty, household and cooking uses.
Apple cider vinegar is a kitchen staple that has several impressive health benefits.Shutterstock
It can also be used in all sorts of recipes, including salad dressings, soups, sauces, hot drinks and more.
Here are 30 ways to use apple cider vinegar.
1. To Lower Blood Sugar
Apple cider vinegar is claimed to help diabetics control their blood sugar levels.
However, if you're on medication for diabetes, you should check with your doctor before taking apple cider vinegar.
2. To Help You Feel Full
Apple cider vinegar is sometimes recommended as a weight loss aid.
This is because it may help you feel full.
3. To Preserve Food
Just like other types of vinegar, apple cider vinegar is an effective preservative.
In fact, people have used vinegar as a pickling agent to preserve foods for thousands of years.
It works by making the food more acidic, which deactivates its enzymes and kills any bacteria in the food that may cause spoilage.
4. As a Deodorizer
Apple cider vinegar is known to have antibacterial properties.
Because of this, it's often claimed that apple cider vinegar can eliminate bad smells.
There isn't any research to back up these claims, but you can try it out by mixing apple cider vinegar with water to make a deodorizing spray.
This makes a natural alternative to odor neutralizers.
You can also mix it with water and Epsom salts to make a foot soak, like this. This may help get rid of unwanted foot odor by killing off odor-causing bacteria.
5. To Make a Salad Vinaigrette
One easy way to use apple cider vinegar is to make a simple salad dressing.
Homemade salad dressings can be much healthier for you than store-bought ones and they're often tastier too.
6. To Lower the Risk of Cancer
It's often claimed that apple cider vinegar can help lower your risk of cancer.
Some observational studies, which can't prove causation, have also linked consuming apple cider vinegar with a decreased risk of esophageal cancer. However, other studies have linked it with an increased risk of bladder cancer (16, 17).
Overall, there is insufficient evidence to make any claims regarding the effects of apple cider vinegar on the risk of cancer.
7. To Make an All-Purpose Cleaner
Apple cider vinegar is often a popular choice for a natural alternative to commercial cleaning agents. This is because of its antibacterial properties.
Mix 1 cup of water with half a cup of apple cider vinegar and you'll have a natural all-purpose cleaner.
However, it's worth noting that although vinegars such as apple cider vinegar can kill some bacteria, they aren't as effective at killing harmful bacteria as commercial cleaning agents (18).
8. To Soothe a Sore Throat
Apple cider vinegar is a popular home remedy for sore throats.
It's thought that its antibacterial properties could help kill off the bacteria that could be causing the problem. However, there is no evidence to support its use in this way.
If you try this at home, make sure you mix the vinegar with water before gargling.
9. As a Facial Toner
Anecdotally, apple cider vinegar is claimed to help remedy skin conditions and reduce the signs of aging.
As such, many people like to use apple cider vinegar to make a skin tonic.
The general recipe is 1 part apple cider vinegar to 2 parts water. This is then applied to the skin using a cotton pad. However, if you have sensitive skin, you may want to make a more diluted solution.
10. To Trap Fruit Flies
Fruit flies can be a pest.
Interestingly, it's really easy to use apple cider vinegar to make a cheap fruit fly trap.
Simply pour some apple cider vinegar into a cup, add a few drops of dish soap (so that any trapped flies sink) and you're good to go.
11. To Boil Better Eggs
Adding vinegar to the water you use to boil or poach eggs can help you produce consistently good eggs.
When you're poaching eggs, you want the egg whites to firm up as quickly as possible so that the eggs keeps their shape.
Using vinegar when boiling eggs can also speed up the coagulation or clotting, of the egg whites. This can be useful if the shell cracks while the egg is being boiled.
12. As a Marinade
Another way to use apple cider vinegar when cooking is to make a marinade.
In fact, apple cider vinegar is a popular ingredient in many steak marinades, as it gives the meat a nice sweet and sour flavor.
Combine it with wine, garlic, soy sauce, onion and cayenne pepper, like in this recipe, to give your steak a delicious flavor.
13. To Wash Fruits and Vegetables
Pesticide residue on fruits and vegetables can be a concern for many people.
That's why some people like to wash their fruits and vegetables in apple cider vinegar. The hope is that it'll remove more of the chemical residues than water alone.
Although it's not entirely clear if it will remove more pesticides than simply washing with water, it may help kill any dangerous bacteria on food.
14. To Clean Dentures
You can also use apple cider vinegar to clean dentures.
Although there's no consensus on the best method to clean dentures, it's thought that the residues left by apple cider vinegar could be less harmful to the skin in your mouth than other cleaning agents (26, 27).
15. In the Bath
For the same reasons people like using apple cider vinegar as a homemade facial toner, they also like using it in the bath.
If you want to try it, add 1–2 cups of apple cider vinegar to your bath water and enjoy a soak in your tub.
16. As a Hair Rinse
An apple cider vinegar hair rinse is said to remove product buildup, detangle and add shine to your hair.
Try mixing 1 part apple cider vinegar with 1 part water and pour the mixture over your hair. Leave it in for a few minutes before washing it out.
If you have sensitive skin, then you should try doing this with a weaker dilution first, as the vinegar is quite acidic.
17. As a Dandruff Treatment
Massaging diluted apple cider vinegar into your scalp may help get rid of dandruff.
It's unclear how effective this is, but the theory is that the acid in the vinegar could help stop the growth of the fungus Malassezia, which may contribute to dandruff.
18. In a Sauce
Apple cider vinegar can be a great ingredient for a tangy sauce for your food. Try adding it to tomato-based sauces to give them a fuller flavor.
19. In Soup
Adding vinegar to soup can help bring its flavors to life.
If your favorite homemade soup tastes a little bland, try adding a little vinegar to it at the end. Add it gradually until the soup tastes great.
20. As a Weed Killer
Another great use for apple cider vinegar is as a homemade weed killer.
Spray undiluted vinegar on unwanted weeds in your garden to get rid of them. You can also try mixing it with soap and lemon juice to see if that makes it more effective.
21. In Homemade Cakes and Candies
Apple cider vinegar is a popular flavor and texture enhancer in baking, especially when making vegan treats that can't include eggs.
It can also add extra flavor to homemade candy and caramels, like in this recipe.
22. In a Hot Drink
23. As a Mouth Wash
Apple cider vinegar is often said to be a useful alternative to commercial mouthwashes.
Its antibacterial properties may help with bad breath, although there aren't any studies examining how effective it is.
If you try this, make sure you dilute it well with water (the usual amount is 1 tablespoon for every cup or 240 ml, of water), as the acidity of the vinegar could damage your teeth (28).
24. To Clean Your Tooth Brush
To have really clean teeth, it's worth considering how clean your toothbrush is.
Given that apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties, you can use it as a homemade cleaner for your toothbrush.
To make your own toothbrush cleaner, mix half a cup (120 ml) of water with 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of apple cider vinegar and 2 teaspoons of baking soda and mix well. Leave the head of your toothbrush in the mix for 30 minutes.
Make sure you rinse your brush well before you use it, as the acidity of undiluted vinegar could damage your teeth.
25. To Whiten Teeth
Apple cider vinegar is acidic, so some people like to use it to remove stains and whiten their teeth.
To try this, rub a small amount of apple cider vinegar onto your teeth with a cotton swab. The results aren't instant, but repeated use could remove stains over time.
26. To Treat Acne
Dabbing small amounts of diluted apple cider vinegar onto pimples is claimed to be a good way to get rid of them.
27. To Get Rid of Warts
As with acne, apple cider vinegar is claimed to be a natural agent for getting rid of warts. It's likely effective for removing warts from skin due to its acidic nature.
28. As a Natural Deodorant
Wiping your underarms with diluted apple cider vinegar is said to be a homemade alternative to commercially produced deodorants.
That said, although it's popular in some circles, it's not clear how effective it is.
29. As a Dish Detergent
Rinsing your dishes in apple cider vinegar could help kill off any unwanted bacteria and keep them clean.
Some people add it to their dishwater, while others even put it in their dishwasher.
30. To Get Rid of Fleas
Apple cider vinegar may help prevent your pet from getting fleas.
It's thought that spraying a mixture of 1 part water and 1 part apple cider vinegar onto your pet will create an environment that fleas won't want to hang around in.
31. Anything Else?
Apple cider vinegar is an extremely versatile household item that has a ton of different uses.
It can be a cheap and easy way to tackle many problems around your home.
Reposted with permission from our media associate Authority Nutrition.
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Ola Elvestrun, Norway's environment minister, announced Thursday that it is freezing its contributions to the Amazon Fund, and will no longer be transferring €300 million ($33.2 million) to Brazil. In a press release, the Norwegian embassy in Brazil stated:
Given the present circumstances, Norway does not have either the legal or the technical basis for making its annual contribution to the Amazon Fund.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro reacted with sarcasm to Norway's decision, which had been widely expected. After an official event, he commented: "Isn't Norway the country that kills whales at the North Pole? Doesn't it also produce oil? It has no basis for telling us what to do. It should give the money to Angela Merkel [the German Chancellor] to reforest Germany."
According to its website, the Amazon Fund is a "REDD+ mechanism created to raise donations for non-reimbursable investments in efforts to prevent, monitor and combat deforestation, as well as to promote the preservation and sustainable use in the Brazilian Amazon." The bulk of funding comes from Norway and Germany.
The annual transfer of funds from developed world donors to the Amazon Fund depends on a report from the Fund's technical committee. This committee meets after the National Institute of Space Research, which gathers official Amazon deforestation data, publishes its annual report with the definitive figures for deforestation in the previous year.
But this year the Amazon Fund's technical committee, along with its steering committee, COFA, were abolished by the Bolsonaro government on 11 April as part of a sweeping move to dissolve some 600 bodies, most of which had NGO involvement. The Bolsonaro government views NGO work in Brazil as a conspiracy to undermine Brazil's sovereignty.
The Brazilian government then demanded far-reaching changes in the way the fund is managed, as documented in a previous article. As a result, the Amazon Fund's technical committee has been unable to meet; Norway says it therefore cannot continue making donations without a favorable report from the committee.
Archer Daniels Midland soy silos in Mato Grosso along the BR-163 highway, where Amazon rainforest has largely been replaced by soy destined for the EU, UK, China and other international markets.
An Uncertain Future
The Amazon Fund was announced during the 2007 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, during a period when environmentalists were alarmed at the rocketing rate of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. It was created as a way of encouraging Brazil to continue bringing down the rate of forest conversion to pastures and croplands.
Government agencies, such as IBAMA, Brazil's environmental agency, and NGOs shared Amazon Fund donations. IBAMA used the money primarily to enforce deforestation laws, while the NGOs oversaw projects to support sustainable communities and livelihoods in the Amazon.
There has been some controversy as to whether the Fund has actually achieved its goals: in the three years before the deal, the rate of deforestation fell dramatically but, after money from the Fund started pouring into the Amazon, the rate remained fairly stationary until 2014, when it began to rise once again. But, in general, the international donors have been pleased with the Fund's performance, and until the Bolsonaro government came to office, the program was expected to continue indefinitely.
Norway has been the main donor (94 percent) to the Amazon Fund, followed by Germany (5 percent), and Brazil's state-owned oil company, Petrobrás (1 percent). Over the past 11 years, the Norwegians have made, by far, the biggest contribution: R$3.2 billion ($855 million) out of the total of R$3.4 billion ($903 million).
Up till now the Fund has approved 103 projects, with the dispersal of R$1.8 billion ($478 million). These projects will not be affected by Norway's funding freeze because the donors have already provided the funding and the Brazilian Development Bank is contractually obliged to disburse the money until the end of the projects. But there are another 54 projects, currently being analyzed, whose future is far less secure.
One of the projects left stranded by the dissolution of the Fund's committees is Projeto Frutificar, which should be a three-year project, with a budget of R$29 million ($7.3 million), for the production of açai and cacao by 1,000 small-scale farmers in the states of Amapá and Pará. The project was drawn up by the Brazilian NGO IPAM (Institute of Environmental research in Amazonia).
Paulo Moutinho, an IPAM researcher, told Globo newspaper: "Our program was ready to go when the [Brazilian] government asked for changes in the Fund. It's now stuck in the BNDES. Without funding from Norway, we don't know what will happen to it."
Norway is not the only European nation to be reconsidering the way it funds environmental projects in Brazil. Germany has many environmental projects in the Latin American country, apart from its small contribution to the Amazon Fund, and is deeply concerned about the way the rate of deforestation has been soaring this year.
The German environment ministry told Mongabay that its minister, Svenja Schulze, had decided to put financial support for forest and biodiversity projects in Brazil on hold, with €35 million ($39 million) for various projects now frozen.
The ministry explained why: "The Brazilian government's policy in the Amazon raises doubts whether a consistent reduction in deforestation rates is still being pursued. Only when clarity is restored, can project collaboration be continued."
Bauxite mines in Paragominas, Brazil. The Bolsonaro administration is urging new laws that would allow large-scale mining within Brazil's indigenous reserves.
Hydro / Halvor Molland / Flickr
Alternative Amazon Funding
Although there will certainly be disruption in the short-term as a result of the paralysis in the Amazon Fund, the governors of Brazil's Amazon states, which rely on international funding for their environmental projects, are already scrambling to create alternative channels.
In a press release issued yesterday Helder Barbalho, the governor of Pará, the state with the highest number of projects financed by the Fund, said that he will do all he can to maintain and increase his state partnership with Norway.
Barbalho had announced earlier that his state would be receiving €12.5 million ($11.1 million) to run deforestation monitoring centers in five regions of Pará. Barbalho said: "The state governments' monitoring systems are recording a high level of deforestation in Pará, as in the other Amazon states. The money will be made available to those who want to help [the Pará government reduce deforestation] without this being seen as international intervention."
Amazonas state has funding partnerships with Germany and is negotiating deals with France. "I am talking with countries, mainly European, that are interested in investing in projects in the Amazon," said Amazonas governor Wilson Miranda Lima. "It is important to look at Amazônia, not only from the point of view of conservation, but also — and this is even more important — from the point of view of its citizens. It's impossible to preserve Amazônia if its inhabitants are poor."
Signing of the EU-Mercusor Latin American trading agreement earlier this year. The pact still needs to be ratified.
Council of Hemispheric Affairs
Looming International Difficulties
The Bolsonaro government's perceived reluctance to take effective measures to curb deforestation may in the longer-term lead to a far more serious problem than the paralysis of the Amazon Fund.
In June, the European Union and Mercosur, the South American trade bloc, reached an agreement to create the largest trading bloc in the world. If all goes ahead as planned, the pact would account for a quarter of the world's economy, involving 780 million people, and remove import tariffs on 90 percent of the goods traded between the two blocs. The Brazilian government has predicted that the deal will lead to an increase of almost $100 billion in Brazilian exports, particularly agricultural products, by 2035.
But the huge surge this year in Amazon deforestation is leading some European countries to think twice about ratifying the deal. In an interview with Mongabay, the German environment ministry made it very clear that Germany is very worried about events in the Amazon: "We are deeply concerned given the pace of destruction in Brazil … The Amazon Forest is vital for the atmospheric circulation and considered as one of the tipping points of the climate system."
The ministry stated that, for the trade deal to go ahead, Brazil must carry out its commitment under the Paris Climate agreement to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent below the 2005 level by 2030. The German environment ministry said: If the trade deal is to go ahead, "It is necessary that Brazil is effectively implementing its climate change objectives adopted under the [Paris] Agreement. It is precisely this commitment that is expressly confirmed in the text of the EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement."
Blairo Maggi, Brazil agriculture minister under the Temer administration, and a major shareholder in Amaggi, the largest Brazilian-owned commodities trading company, has said very little in public since Bolsonaro came to power; he's been "in a voluntary retreat," as he puts it. But Maggi is so concerned about the damage Bolsonaro's off the cuff remarks and policies are doing to international relationships he decided to speak out earlier this week.
Former Brazil Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi, who has broken a self-imposed silence to criticize the Bolsonaro government, saying that its rhetoric and policies could threaten Brazil's international commodities trade.
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Maggi, a ruralista who strongly supports agribusiness, told the newspaper, Valor Econômico, that, even if the European Union doesn't get to the point of tearing up a deal that has taken 20 years to negotiate, there could be long delays. "These environmental confusions could create a situation in which the EU says that Brazil isn't sticking to the rules." Maggi speculated. "France doesn't want the deal and perhaps it is taking advantage of the situation to tear it up. Or the deal could take much longer to ratify — three, five years."
Such a delay could have severe repercussions for Brazil's struggling economy which relies heavily on its commodities trade with the EU. Analysists say that Bolsonaro's fears over such an outcome could be one reason for his recently announced October meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, another key trading partner.
Maggi is worried about another, even more alarming, potential consequence of Bolsonaro's failure to stem illegal deforestation — Brazil could be hit by a boycott by its foreign customers. "I don't buy this idea that the world needs Brazil … We are only a player and, worse still, replaceable." Maggi warns, "As an exporter, I'm telling you: things are getting very difficult. Brazil has been saying for years that it is possible to produce and preserve, but with this [Bolsonaro administration] rhetoric, we are going back to square one … We could find markets closed to us."
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