News of 15.05.23

Benefits of Balsamic Vinegar


Etymology of the word balsamic, from Greek balsamon then passed to Latin balsamum, refers to the popular beliefs about the healing properties of balsamic vinegar. In pharmacology, in fact, the term balsamic indicates preparations with antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Already in the fifteenth century, the adjective balsamic was associated with this specific type of vinegar made from aged grape cooked must, to which stimulating, refreshing and healing properties were traditionally attributed.

For example, in the peasant tradition a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar was used against sore throats or to relieve thirst, and balsamic vinegar was also used to disinfect wounds, treat rheumatism or even as a remedy after hangover.

Popular legends or reality?

Balsamic vinegar may not be the panacea for all illnesses, but it is certain that it shares with its "non-balsamic" relatives, wine and apple vinegar, some useful properties for well-being, which we invite you to discover in this article.

Furthermore, Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PDO is a particularly controlled food as it is produced following very strict production criteria, which guarantee the absence of added artificial preservatives, colourings (caramel) or sugars. Traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena DOP, in fact, is obtained from the fermentation of a single ingredient: cooked grape must, acetified and aged in barrels, without any other added ingredients. It contains mainly water and carbohydrates, a small amount of protein, no fat and various mineral salts, including potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus, with a caloric intake of just 100 kcal per 100 grams of product.

What are then the benefits of balsamic vinegar?

We will list five of them below, without claiming to provide medical information. These are general indications on some healthy aspects of the use of balsamic vinegar within a varied and balanced diet, for which your doctor can give you more accurate advice.

Antioxidant properties

Balsamic vinegar contains grape polyphenols, antioxidant substances supporting the immune system, useful to slow down cellular aging and counteract the action of free radicals. It may not be an elixir of life, but balsamic vinegar as part of a healthy diet, may contribute to the proper functioning of the immune system.

Antiseptic properties

The presence of antioxidant bioactive elements is also linked to the natural action of vinegar to preserve food, known for centuries. In fact, the bactericidal and anti-infective properties of vinegar are demonstrated. Acetic acid prevents the development of potentially harmful bacteria and pathogens. This explains its traditional use by Modena people against common ailments such as cough and sore throat!

Source of mineral salts

As already mentioned, balsamic vinegar contains many mineral salts, including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc. This is why it has energizing properties and might help prevent joint inflammation and osteoporosis. Here again we find an explanation for popular beliefs, which mention vinegar as a remedy for rheumatism and back pain, or even as a natural aphrodisiac. It is certain that the mineral content is precious for general health and therefore for the body's sense of energy and well-being.

Regulation of glycaemia

Some studies are focusing on the relationship between vinegar intake and metabolism of carbohydrate and lipid. Taking vinegar before a high glycaemic and starchy meal is known to help reduce the glycaemic spike after the meal. It is therefore theorized that vinegar may contribute to blood sugar control and therefore may be useful in the diet of diabetic people. The ability of vinegar to reduce hyperglycaemia would suggest a diabetes prevention effect although it is a property that requires further confirmation.

Helps weight control

If the effect of vinegar consumption on the metabolism of sugars and fats is not confirmed, it is however certain that balsamic vinegar improves digestion and increases the sense of satiety, as well as not containing cholesterol. It is therefore a suitable ingredient in the diet of those who want to control their weight.

As tradition teaches, we can therefore say that balsamic vinegar has various beneficial properties that make it a suitable food for a balanced and varied diet. Balsamic vinegar is a healthy, light and very versatile condiment that can be consumed without hesitation.

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