We recently touched on the health benefits of coconut oil, which helps from everything to regulating our blood sugar levels to weight loss. The fats from coconut have special fat compounds called medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) that have been shown to help the liver burn fat. So, to take the coconut trend even further, enter coconut vinegar.
The latest installment in the coconut craze is this vinegar, which is just as good for you as apple cider vinegar, tastes a whole lot better, is slightly sweet and tangy without any bitter aftertaste.
Derived from coconut water and coconut tree sap, this vinegar is packed with quite a few essential nutrients including potassium, iron, zinc, calcium and antioxidants. Some experts say the reason to consume coconut vinegar is less about the nutrients and more about the detoxifying effect. Similar to its apple-based counterpart, has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that help stave off illness and infections.
Even further, if you purchase the raw, unpasteurized version, you gain its beneficial enzymes and probiotics that support healthy digestion and bolster the immune system.
As far as weight loss goes, not only does coconut vinegar have zero calories or sugar, it also contains acetic acid, an organic compound that studies show suppresses appetite, helping you consume up to 200 fewer calories throughout the day. This acid keeps your blood sugar levels at bay. Try drinking it before a carb-heavy meal — All it takes is a tablespoon or two.
If you're not too keen on drinking it, try adding it to your salad dressings, marinades and other recipes for a milder, sweeter taste.