From soothing sore throats and upset stomachs to fighting hiccups and diabetes, behold the benefits of apple cider vinegar



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Legend has is that Cleopatra once dissolved a pearl in a measure of vinegar before drinking the concoction, thus winning a wager against Marc Antony that she could spend a fortune on a single meal.



Truth or apocrypha, we may never know, but the Queen of the Nile most likely knew the special qualities of vinegar. Since 5,000 BC, the Babylonians had been using it as a preservative and condiment; and long before Cleopatra’s costly cocktail, Hippocrates had extolled vinegar’s medicinal qualities. In fact, the Vinegar Institute touts the tart liquid as one of our earliest remedies.



Throughout the ages vinegar has been made through the fermentation of a crazy list of materials, including molasses, dates, sorghum, fruits, berries, melons, coconut, honey, beer, maple syrup, potatoes, beets, malt, grains and whey. But of all the vinegars on the block, that made from apple cider is the darling of contemporary remedies.