Can Health and Taste Mix?
Apple cider vinegar may be a common household item but it’s also used in numerous home remedies. Only limited research has been conducted on the benefits of apple cider vinegar and even fewer on vinegar pills. While apple cider vinegar may help you to manage certain health conditions, vinegar pills may pose a risk to your health.
Apple cider vinegar contains many nutrients that can improve your health. According to “Secrets to Lowering Cholesterol with Nutrition and Natural Supplements, Safely,” by Art Dash, Ph.D., you can typically find antioxidants, amino acids, fiber, and enzymes in vinegar. Even more nutrients are found in raw or organic varieties that haven’t been filtered or pasteurized, according to “Dr. Earl Mindell’s Amazing Apple Cider Vinegar,” by Earl Mindell, M.D.
Apple cider vinegar pills may provide health benefits to people who take them regularly. According to a study published in the “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry” in 2011, apple cider vinegar was shown to decrease triglycerides and bad cholesterol in laboratory animals. Of course, these results must still be tested on people to verify the results, but the work is promising. Likewise, Earl Mindell, M.D., notes that apple cider vinegar helps to relieve digestive ailments like irritable bowel syndrome and heartburn.
Beef jerky is an ideal travel snack, perfectly portable for road trips and camping. And surprisingly to many, it can actually fit into a healthful diet since it’s rich in protein and generally low in saturated fat and calories. The downside, however, is that it can be filled with not-so-good add-ins like MSG, corn syrup, nitrites (compounds that are linked to heart disease and cancer), and as much as 600 mg sodium in a single ounce. Beef jerky can be healthy; you just have to find the right brands.
Fortunately, more companies are offering all-natural jerky that’s made with no added nitrites, and many are lower in sodium, as well. And jerky options extend far beyond just beef – there’s turkey, chicken, bison, ostrich and even meatless vegan jerky.
Simply Snackin Beef Sirloin Jerky and Chicken Jerky. Even my clients who don’t like jerky love this, thanks to the interesting flavor combinations like Beef Sirloin with Cranberries & Blueberries, Chicken Breast with Black Bean Salsa, or Chicken Breast with Italian Seasoning & Romano. Each 60-calorie pouch has 8-10 grams of protein and 3-5 grams of carbs, with 270 to 310 mg sodium (about half the sodium of many other brands).
Shelton’s Turkey Jerky. The ingredients are simple: turkey, gluten-free tamari sauce, garlic, pepper, and onion powder. And with 19 grams of protein (and only one gram of carbohydrate) per ounce, it’s one of the most protein-rich jerkies on shelves.