We all know how wonderful both dark and white Balsamic Vinegar tastes – wouldn’t it be wonderful if it was good for you as well so you had more excuses to eat it? From dressings to marinades. From a radicchio, smoked mozzarella, prosciutto salad to lamb chops with onions. From figs and mascarpone to marinated cod with grapefruit, Balsamic Vinegar is everywhere with its rich, explosive taste.
Good news, food lovers, Balsamic Vinegar is indeed good for you in a number of ways. So get yourself a good bottle and drizzle it, dredge it, soak it, and enjoy it!
It Helps You Lose Weight
Balsamic Vinegar is a good weight loss aid in several ways. It has a sharp flavor, which makes it a great, flavorful, low-calorie condiment to cook with. It also has high levels of acetic acid, which helps slow the absorption of carbohydrate food, thus lowering the glycemic index of foods, helping balance your blood sugar, and reducing hunger.
In addition, it also improves fat break down during digestion, which creates more energy for your body to use, and leaves less sitting around to be stuck into fat cells as surplus unusable fuel. This prolonged energy production helps curtail hunger as well.
It Helps Fight Adult-Onset Diabetes
Through the acetic acid action discussed above and through improved insulin sensitivity, Balsamic Vinegar has been shown to help people fight Type 2 Diabetes. When a person is moving toward Type 2 Diabetes, they develop insensitivity to insulin and/or relative lack of insulin compared to the amount they need. Either way, increasing insulin sensitivity helps!
It Aids Digestion and Fights Indigestion
Balsamic Vinegar increases the function of the digestive enzyme Pepsin – which is responsible for breaking down proteins into smaller particles for your body to metabolize. Now you have another reason to drizzle it on your pork chops, roasted chicken, and seared duck.
Ironically, although Balsamic Vinegar is acidic in the bottle, it acts as an alkalizing agent in your stomach, giving relief to acid indigestion. A couple tablespoons is all it takes, so go ahead – indulge your taste buds and add it to your dinner.
It Boosts Your Immune Function
Still not convinced you need to go buy a bottle of Balsamic Vinegar and add it to your daily diet? Here’s another good one for you. Balsamic Vinegar contains quercetin – a powerful bioflavinoid with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Folks use it for a variety of things from boosting athletic performance to treating high cholesterol, from helping relieve allergies to preventing cancer.
You can buy quercetin as a separate supplement – but it is right here inside Balsamic Vinegar, just waiting for you to add it to your food. This way is much more delicious than taking it in a pill!
Get to Drizzling!
It tastes amazing and it’s good for you. So grab a bottle of Balsamic Vinegar, load up your plate with fresh vegetables, savory meats, baked fruits, and decadent cheeses and start drizzling.
Here at Old Town Olive we have a wonderful selection of both dark and light Balsamic Vinegars. Here are a few ideas to get your mouth watering:
- Blueberry Balsamic Vinegar
- Blackberry-Ginger Balsamic Vinegar
- Cinnamon-Pear Balsamic Vinegar
- Espresso Balsamic Vinegar
- Blenheim Apricot Balsamic Vinegar
- Coconut Balsamic Vinegar
- Gravenstein Apple Balsamic Vinegar
- Pomegranate Quince Balsamic Vinegar
Come on in and treat yourself to some of these amazing flavors.