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Nutritional Therapist & Herbalist BSc Hons Nutritional Science + NTPD

Apple Cider Vinegar Vs. White Vinegar: What’s The Difference?


Apple cider vinegar, made from fermented apple cider, is known for its mild, fruity flavor and potential health benefits such as blood sugar control and digestive aid. It differs notably from white vinegar, which has a stronger flavor and is often used for pickling and cleaning.


In the world of vinegar, two contenders often find themselves in the spotlight: apple cider vinegar and white vinegar… But what’s on earth is the difference? 

These types of vinegar are commonly found in kitchen cupboards or a part of herbal apothecaries, each packing a punch with its own distinctive qualities. But what exactly differentiates apple cider vinegar from its standard vinegar counterpart? 

Today we’re going to dive in and uncover the tangy truth!




What is vinegar, and how is it made?


Let's start by addressing the burning question: what even is vinegar? Vinegar, in its simplest definition, is a liquid produced through an interesting process known as acidic fermentation. This happens when alcohol is converted into acetic acid by bacteria. This acetic acid content is responsible for giving vinegar its unique sour taste and pungent smell.




Apple cider vinegar vs. white vinegar


Now, the differences between apple cider vinegar (also often referred to as ACV) and white vinegar start from the initial steps of their creation. Apple cider vinegar is made from… As you might have guessed—apple cider, which undergoes an alcoholic fermentation process. 

In this process, mighty microbes like yeasts convert the natural sugars in the cider into alcohol. Then, a second fermentation process occurs where the alcohol is transformed into acetic acid by acetic acid bacteria. 

The result? A tangy, fruity vinegar that is beloved in cooking, baking, and holistic health regimens. 

Distilled white vinegar, on the other hand, is usually derived from what is known as grain alcohol. Much like ACV, it also goes through an acidic fermentation process, but the starting material is different. 

This results in vinegar with a much sharper and more robust flavor. White vinegar is often used as a natural cleaner since it is an excellent, eco-friendly way to clean windows and disinfect surfaces all around the home.




Apple cider vinegar and the mother


Now, let's talk about the "mother of vinegar," which you may have heard of among discussions pertaining to apple cider vinegar. The "mother" is simply a combination of yeast and bacteria formed during the fermentation process.

It's often visible as a murky, cloudy substance floating in unpasteurized and unfiltered apple cider vinegar. It’s thought that this "mother" holds significant nutritional value, including beneficial bacteria and enzymes which is what truly sets raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar apart from other vinegars.






When it comes to the flavor profile, apple cider vinegar and white vinegar could not be more distinct. ACV tends to have a milder, fruity flavor with a hint of sweetness. It's great for adding a punch to salad dressings, marinades, and pickled vegetables, AND it even works as a tenderizer for meats!

On the contrary, white vinegar brings a more robust, harsh flavor, some might say. This means that it's less likely to be used in cooking and baking due to its overpowering taste. However, it's the vinegar of choice for pickling, given its strong acidity and clear color, which won't discolor the pickled veggies. 




Nutritional value


Finally, let's tackle the nutritional value of these vinegars. Generally, vinegars are low in calories and don't contain an impressive amount of vitamins or minerals. 

However, apple cider vinegar, especially the type containing the "mother," is thought to come with various health benefits demonstrated in traditional medicine paradigms and more recent scientific research. Benefits of ACV typically include:


  • Blood sugar balance (1)

  • Weight management (2)

  • Digestive support (3)


On the other hand, white vinegar is typically not consumed for its nutritional value but is used for cleaning and pickling.

NutriRise Apple Cider Vinegar capsules and gummies have been developed as a convenient and enamel-friendly way to enjoy the benefits of ACV. They provide the all the goodness of unfiltered apple cider vinegar without the harsh acidity that can damage tooth enamel if consumed directly in liquid form. 

These capsules and gummies deliver a consistent dose of ACV's beneficial properties without the need to withstand the strong taste and smell of liquid vinegar. Our gummies are particularly popular, providing a sweet, easy-to-consume option with added vitamins and antioxidants that can be especially appealing to those who don’t like swallowing pills. 




Final thoughts


In conclusion, while apple cider vinegar and white vinegar might share a common process of acidic fermentation and acetic acid content, they are distinct in flavor, origin, and usage. With its mild and fruity taste, Apple cider vinegar is a versatile staple in cooking and baking, boasting potential health benefits. Meanwhile, with its sharper flavor, white vinegar finds its strengths in pickling and household cleaning.

So, whether you are a cooking enthusiast, a baking wizard, a pickled vegetable lover, a natural health devotee, or simply like your windows squeaky clean, there's a place in your home for both apple cider vinegar and white vinegar.

In the end, whether you reach for the ACV or the white vinegar simply boils down to what you need it for. And remember, you can easily reap the amazing health benefits of ACV in easy-to-swallow capsules or delicious gummies without the usual pungent taste or smell!



Note: This article is for informational purposes only and not intended for use as medical advice. Always consult your healthcare provider before starting any dietary supplement.


Zaheera Swing
Nutritional Therapist & Herbalist BSc Hons Nutritional Science + NTPD
As a qualified Nutritional Therapist (BSc Hons Nutritional Science + NTPD), Zaheera Swing has a deep passion for restoring balance and harmony to the body through the modalities of nutritional science, herbalism, and holistic lifestyle practices. Using the functional medicine model coupled with wisdom from ancient paradigms, she aims to provide insight into the underlying root causes of poor health and the holistic tools we can harness to enhance the well-being of mind, body, and spirit.
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