– The best balsamic vinegar is aged 30 to 50 years.
– It originated from Modena and it is obtained exclusively from trebbiano grapes. The best balsamic vinegar is aged 30 to 50 years.
Balsamic vinegar has been produced for hundreds of years, and is attributed with therapeutic and aphrodisiac properties. -It originated from Modena and it is obtained exclusively from trebbiano grapes.
This type of grape is unique according to its content of sugars, plenty of micronutrients and grows exactly on the border between the Mediterranean and continental climate.
Trebbiano grapes with their composition boost the enzymatic activity and the growth of bacteria due to fermentation. The process of production and storage in wooden barrels takes at least 10 to 12 years. The best balsamic vinegar is one that is 30 to 50 years old.
Mainly fake surrogate is sold, made from counterfeit vinegar acid with addings of caramel, cloves and cinnamon.
Since ancient times, the Balsamic vinegar has attributed many medicinal properties. It is used as a tonic to overcome fatigue and headaches, to help digestion or to regulate weight.
Today it is familiar that it helps in slowing the progression of osteoporosis because it contains acetic acid which stimulates the absorption of important minerals from food, though in small amounts it also contains minerals that promote healthy bones.
Quite surprising, but if you sprinkle it over strawberries, raspberries or peaches it fully emphasize the fruit flavor.
A research published in the British Journal of Nutrition (2006) shows that acetic acid in laboratory animals significantly reduces the cholesterol level and triglycerides in the blood, and is also helps in lowering the blood pressure.
Another Harvard study published in the journal American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, investigated a group of people who often used acetic acid and oil, and it was established that it reduced the risk of heart attack, because of the presence of omega-3 fatty acids (alpha linolenic acid), which has protective properties against heart diseases
Before medicines against diabetes were manufactured, patients were using vinegar to alleviate the symptoms. In addition to this, confirms the study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. A small amount, about 2 teaspoons added in food, according to the results, can slow down the entering of the glucose into the bloodstream.
Vinegar can help regulate weight because it increases the feeling of satiety when added in a meal, and enzymes that it contains boost the metabolism and thus facilitate the digestion.
Since the time of Hippocrates (460-377 BC) vinegar is used to treat infections, and some surveys show that it can help in fungal infections because it has some antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
A good way is to use vinegar in order to reduce the salt intake because it decreases the need for salt.
At the end we still have to emphasize that in the last 20 years little scientific studies have been conducted that would confirm the numerous medicinal properties of balsamic vinegar, and therefore we advise you to be cautious and moderate consumption as well.
ENERGY AND NUTRITIONAL VALUES
Energy value of 100 g balsamic vinegar is 88 kcal / 369 kJ, and it contains 17% carbohydrates and 0.5% protein.
From minerals it contains phosphorus (19 mg), magnesium (12 mg), potassium (112 mg), iron (0,7 mg) and calcium (27 mg).
It does not contain vitamins.