Do you enjoy a variety of different varieties of vinegar in salad dressings? Maybe you experiment with different vinegars in your cooking. There are so many different options: traditional balsamic, white balsamic, apple cider, sherry wine, red wine. They all add different flavors to everything from salad dressings to sauces. Did you ever consider that you might be doing more than adding flavor to your food when using different vinegars?
A report published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) in the Journal of Food Science shows that certain types of vinegar could actually offer significant health benefits.
According to the studies cited in the article, vinegar is rich in antioxidants, which could reduce accelerated aging and even slow the development of certain cancers or degenerative brain disorders. The authors of the report also point to vinegar’s antibacterial properties, its ability to reduce the effects of diabetes, and its contribution to improved cardiovascular health and blood pressure. Vinegar is also said to help athletes recuperate after intense physical effort.
Finally, the report notes that individuals who consume certain types of vinegar on a daily basis have been shown to have lower appetites: a finding that could be applied when developing weight loss plans for obese patients.
The authors at the IFT nonetheless indicated that further research will be necessary to validate any claims regarding vinegar’s health benefits.
We have to admit that some of us here at FoodFacts.com have heard what we assumed to be old wives tales regarding the use of apple cider vinegar as a weight loss aid. We’ve also heard that it’s a great replacement for over-the-counter sinus medication. Then there are some claims about balsamic vinegar and its ability to lower blood pressure and stabilize cholesterol levels. We’re pretty sure you’ve heard some similar claims about these as well as other vinegar varieties. We plan on finding new and interesting ways to incorporate vinegars into our meal preparations. This is a great idea not only to bring new and interesting tastes into our dishes, but also to add a new dimension to the health benefits we may receive from our foods!