The Benefits of Balsamic

NUTRITION
Vinegars in general are rich in vitamins & minerals, organic vinegars in particular are less filtered & unprocessed. Rich in vitamins A, B-Complex, C & E along with nutrient rich minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium & sodium. 

LOW CALORIES
The versatile vinegar adds flavor to most dishes from white & dark meats to fish, vegetables & even ice cream! According to the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, authentic balsamic vinegar has as few as 5 calories per teaspoon. Changing a cream based or store bought dressing for balsamic vinegar combined with extra virgin olive oil can reduce unnecessary calories for a healthy & delicious alternative.

CHOLESTEROL STABILIZER
According to researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Environmental Science for Human Life, polyphenol rich anti-oxidants from balsamic vinegar inhibit oxidation of Low-Density Lipoprotein or LDL cholesterol (damaging cholesterol that blocks arteries). Hence minimizing the risk of damage to cells from harmful cholesterol.   Drizzling balsamic vinegar on chicken, fish or meat can be helpful in keeping cholesterol within a healthy range.

 

Sources:
http://www.acetum.it/
http://www.cooksinfo.com/vinegar
www.enzyme-facts.com/vinegar-history.html
http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/
Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology
The Little Book of Vinegars

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