Cider Tonic or store-bought apple cider vinegar: what’s the difference?
The health and wellness benefits of apple cider vinegar (also referred to in short as ACV) are being talked about more and more. It improves digestion, lowers blood sugar levels, helps with weight loss, improves hair growth, aids heartburn… It feels like the list of benefits of apple cider vinegar will never end. And while it is true that you can achieve many amazing advantages simply by using store-bought apple cider vinegar, we have put hard work into developing Cider Tonic: a premium ACV infused with 16 locally sourced ingredients, which further improve its already astonishing health benefits. In this article, we explain what makes Cider Tonic stand out and how it can help you harvest all the benefits apple cider vinegar has to offer, and more.
Apple cider vinegar – no filter
The base of Cider Tonic can’t be just any apple cider vinegar, which is why we use organic, raw and unfiltered ACV! That’s what makes it special, even before it gets infused with more ingredients that improve your health. But what’s the difference, you may ask? The filtering of apple cider vinegar removes the sediments and the mother. This mother is, in short, a collection of cellulose and acetic acid bacteria – it is what turns it from alcohol to vinegar. Filtered ACV is also likely to be pasteurized afterwards, killing many of the good bacteria you would find in an unpasteurised raw version.
Unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar is therefore much less processed than its filtered counterpart and contains all the good gut-boosting bacteria, with all its health benefits such as improvement of indigestion, aid in weight loss, reduced bloating, and much more.
The 16 not-so-secret ingredients
The first difference that you are likely to notice in Cider Tonic compared to other apple cider vinegar brands are the 16 natural ingredients, added to improve its effects on your health and wellness. These are honey (although we do also offer a honey-free vegan alternative with organic maple syrup or an unsweetened variation), carrot, onion, garlic (check our allium free or vegan allium free variations if onion and garlic are not for you), orange, ginger, apple, lemon, turmeric, oregano, chilli, parsley, thyme, salt, pepper and bay leaves. Each has many health benefits of its own and helps create a truly potent Cider Tonic.
All the advantages of these added ingredients cannot possibly be summarised in one article, so let us pick a couple of our favourites which you may not have heard of before. Honey can help with many ailments, but amongst other things, it contains antioxidants, which can help reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers. Apples are rich in a number of B vitamins, which help keep the nervous system in good shape and maintain red blood cells. Garlic aids in reducing the risk of heart disease, by lowering the likeliness of artery blockage. Parsley acts as a natural diuretic and helps relieve bloating. And last but not least, ginger helps intensify many of these effects, as it improves the absorption of essential nutrients into the body.
The power of local
There are many benefits to sourcing ingredients locally, which is why as many ingredients used to make Cider Tonic as possible come from the local area in Gippsland. Let us summarise some important and surprising effects that buying and sourcing local can have. You may have already heard of the first one – it helps reduce your carbon footprint and fight climate change, as much less transport is needed during the production process. But did you know that a Cambridge University study found that buying and sourcing ingredients locally can improve the health of the local community and reduce the rate of mortality, obesity and diabetes? Or that less plastic is used when sourcing locally, since much less packaging is needed during transport?
Supporting small businesses
Finally, by choosing Cider Tonic over store-bought apple cider vinegar, you are supporting a small business, rather than a large company. You are acknowledging the hard work a small businessperson is doing to keep their business running and make customers happy. There is a lot of truth to the often-repeated ‘small businesses are the backbone of the economy’ phrase, supporting them helps your area and country thrive and adds more diversity to the marketplace often saturated with large corporation offerings. This means that the more you support small businesses, the more variety there is going to be for you and others to choose from in the future. And lastly, doesn’t it make you feel happier when you shop from a small entrepreneur, who values every order, rather than just seeing you as a number in their spreadsheet?
Whether you are looking to improve your general health, aid in weight loss or prevent the risk of future disease, apple cider vinegar has a lot to offer. Cider Tonic enhances those benefits and adds many more, making it a truly potent health and wellness drink. We hope that this article helped you find out more about what makes Cider Tonic special and that you learned something new today!
Until next time, get out there & enjoy the little things in life.
Remember to love your guts like l love your guts!