Unless you have been living under a stone, it is likely that you have learned about the much-touted health benefits of vinegar--in particular, balsamic vinegar and apple cider.
It is simple to get lost in the hoopla and begin considering that vinegar is a wonder medication (it isn't). So we did some digging and found some valid, science-backed benefits to vinegar that are worth sharing. For example, research suggests that apple cider and balsamic vinegars contain antioxidants, which decrease the chance of cancer and slow premature aging.
Here are some more ways vinegar may provide your health a boost:
Vinegar improves blood sugar levels. Drinking balsamic or apple cider vinegar before a high-carb meal enhances insulin sensitivity--slowing the speed of blood glucose levels increasing--in those who are insulin resistant (a pre-diabetes state) or have type-2 diabetes, based on a 2004 study. The researchers note that vinegar may possess physical effects much like those of anti-diabetes medicines.
It safeguards your heart health. According to a 2010 study, Balsamic vinegar helps prevent plaque building up in the arteries, blocking blood flow and in some cases, eventually leading to a heart attack or stroke.
Substituting in vinegar can help you lose weight. The condiment can easily replace unhealthy fats, especially those chemically enhance, fatty commercial salad dressing. So we recommend making your own dressing at home with balsamic vinegar or use one of Olimila Gourmet's Magical Blends, like Unicorn Tears® or Vampire Killer® to make that salad pop.
In addition, it kills bacteria. Vinegar is thought to have antibacterial properties that can help fight the infection behind a sore throat. Additionally, an 2014 study found that the ingredient, acetic acid, which gives vinegar its tart flavor and strong odor, acts as a non-toxic disinfectant against drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) bacteria.
Balsamic vinegar may help reduce the risk of cancer. Apple Cider or Balsamic vinegars are a rich source of polyphenols, compounds synthesized by plants to fight oxidative stress. According to 2006 research, consuming polyphenols, which are also plentiful in olive oil as well, reduces cancer risk and enhances antioxidant protection.
Bottom line: Apple Cider and Balsamic Vinegar can be beneficial in several ways, but it isn’t a magical cure-all and doesn’t replace common sense behaviors like eating a healthy, balanced diet.