Although well known and popular in the Philippines, coconut vinegar is only just being discovered in the USA and the rest of the western world so there are few recipes that mention it and not much scientific information on its nutritional benefits. It does, however, come into the superfood category of ingredients.
Coconut vinegar, as its name suggests, is naturally fermented, but comes from the sap of the tree rather than the coconut itself, as might have been expected. According to the Los Angeles-based clinical nutritionist, Jennifer Cassetta: “”This makes it extremely good for your gut health because of the prebiotics and probiotics (healthy bacteria for your gut) they contain.”
It is also specifically high in potassium and B vitamins, which are good for energy. It contains zero calories so is excellent for dieters. Containing all the benefits and more of the much-touted apple cider vinegar, it tastes better, is sweeter and less pungent. Nutritionists say the type of acetic acid (what gives vinegar its taste) found in the coconut variety can also keep blood sugar levels from spiking which is good for maintaining healthy body organs.
For culinary purposes, you can use coconut vinegar as a substitute for apple cider vinegar in anything. To start with, some nutritionists recommend it as a daily detox first thing in the morning by mixing one tablespoon of vinegar with one tablespoon of room-temperature water and taking it straight. But if you prefer to take it as part of something else, then try adding it as the vinegar component to your favourite salad dressings, sauces, or marinades, even snacks and desserts. The particular sweetness of coconut vinegar gives a special kick to sweet sauces and Asian dishes.
A variety of coconut vinegar brands are available for mail order from Amazon.
FitForTwo TV has a good YouTube video on the benefits and uses: