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5 Health Benefits Of Balsamic Vinegar

In this article we have made a detailed guide about balsamic vinegar (what it is), it's types, health benefits, medical uses and also it's side effects.

What Is Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic vinegar is a traditional recipe that is made from grapes. Balsamic vinegars origin can be traced to italy and it is usually produced by taking the cooked white Trebbiano grape juice and is used as a flavor. Several holy documents has referenced the balsamic vinegar since the middle Ages in Modena and Reggio Emilia. 


5 Health Benefits Of Balsamic Vinegar

Types Of Balsamic Vinegar

There are three major types of the balsamic vinegar which are Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale and Condimento grade balsamic vinegar. In our next paragraph we shall discuss identifiable on this three types of balsamic vinegar.

 1. Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

This type of balsamic is a commercially made product that are similar to the traditional ones. This products are made from wine vinegar by adding corn flour, caramel and coloring to help moderate the thickness of the aged Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale de Modena. The process of manufacturing the balsamic vinegar of Modena is usually industrialized and over hundred liters are produced every day by producers.

 2. Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale

They are only two notable businesses which produces the original traditional balsamic vinegar which are Reggio Emilia and Modena. These two businesses makes the traditional balsamic vinegar from Lambrusco and Trebbiano grapes. The syrup which is made is usually aged for minimum of 12 years inside several small barrels. The color of the original balsamic vinegar is deep brown and has a complex flavor. These two businesses made a red label around the vinegar to signify that it is about 12 years old, when you see a silver label it signifies that the vinegar is up to 18 years old and gold label signifies the vinegar has been aged up to 25 years.

 3. Condimento Grade Balsamic Vinegar

There are several names for this balsamic vinegar which are salsa balsamica or Condimento Balsamico. This kind of balsamic vinegar can be made through several ways such as using aged Reggio Emilia without the supervision of consortium or made by applying same method used in making the traditional balsamic vinegar (Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale) but it is made outside the two major businesses that sell the traditional balsamic (Reggio Emilia and Modena). This type of balsamic vinegar has no certain precise method to measure it's quality and can be prepared based on need.

Health Benefits Of Balsamic Vinegar

Having discussed what balsamic vinegar is and it's several types, in this paragraph we shall then discuss on the health benefits of consuming the balsamic vinegar stay tuned.

 1. Stabilizes Blood Glucose Level

Low glycemic index foods is what causes a rise in the body glucose levels which returns to normal after a while and high glycemic index foods on the other hand leads to a rise in the blood sugar level which remains up for long.

Low glycemic foods like Balsamic Vinegar helps in lowering the blood glucose level which is quite helpful to counter the issue. However, diabetes patient's should take balsamic vinegar under medical supervision because it contains sugar in it.

 2. Prevents Acid Reflux

The human stomach usually breaks food into smaller digestible particles for easy digestion. As time goes on the stomach begins to age and can't produce more stomach acid, this usually amounts to digestion problem and brings about several stomach related illness such as loss of appetite, acid reflux and stomach discomfort. Acid reflux occurs when the stomach washes itself to the esophagus which leads to damages in the sensitive tissues in acid reflux. This will therefore lead to severe pain on the chest which transfers directly to the throat and brings about eating and sleeping problems. 

To stop this from happening you need to add Balsamic Vinegar to your diet by sprinkling Balsamic Vinegar into your meal's before eating or by drinking a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar mixed with honey before eating your meal's. This will help to boost your digestive system and prevent acid reflux.

 3. Contains Antioxidants Compounds

The antioxidant contents found in Balsamic Vinegar is Polyphenol and Quercetin. Polyphenol helps in protecting the human body against several internal and external factors that damages cells and tissues in the body. One of the things that destroys the cell is the free radicals present in the cell which destroys the membranes, causes DNA mutation, premature aging and cancer whenever oxidation process takes place. Polyphenols which are antioxidant contents in balsamic vinegar helps in neutralizing this free radicals that causes damages to the cell.

Quercetin which is also an antioxidant content in Balsamic Vinegar which can be found in grape that contains bioflavonoid called quercetin used to prepare Balsamic vinegars are beneficial to the immune system as the strengthen the immune system against several kinds of diseases.

 4. Normalizes Blood Cholesterol Level

The LDL or Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol is a Dangerous cholesterol that blocks the arteries and causes clogging and the hardening of blood vessels. Researchers has proven some medical effects of balsamic vinegar on this dangerous LDL Cholesterol. It is stated that phenols present in Balsamic Vinegar helps in the mutation of LDL Cholesterol, this means it limits the cholesterol from damaging the cell and lowers risk of LDL related health complications.

 5. Stimulates Gastric

The polyphenols present in Balsamic helps in bringing about effective release of pepsins. Pepsins are helpful to the digestive system as the help in the breaking of proteins and speeds up metabolism which leads to increase of digestion. Balsamic Vinegar is also high in acetic acid contents which helps in the stimulation of gastric and salivary juice's and also helps in breaking down foods to smaller particles for more faster digestion.

Side Effects Of Balsamic Vinegar

Having spoken intensively on several of the health benefits that can be obtained from consumption of balsamic vinegar, in our next paragraph we shall be looking at some of the side effects of Balsamic Vinegar that can come as a result of excess consumption or allergies.

 1. Balsamic vinegar is acidic in nature a can cause damages to the teeth due to the high PH level of Balsamic Vinegar which is as 4 and any meal having PH level around that usually leads to tooth erosion.

 2. There a several little levels of lead contents in balsamic vinegar. However, the lead contents in balsamic vinegar is not up to the daily consumption recommendation, you may need to drink up to 2 cups of balsamic vinegar to meet up with the daily lead consumption recommendation.

 3. The calories level is also very low in Balsamic Vinegar compared to the daily required calories the body needs. However, the calories present in balsamic vinegar supercedes the calories contents in some other vinegar.

Conclusion

Having spoken intensively on what balsamic vinegar is, it's types, health benefits and side effects, do well to contact your medical specialists before consumption of the Balsamic Vinegar to avoid side effects or several medical complications.

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