What makes balsamic vinegar so healthy?
The word balsamic comes from the Latin "balm" which means to heal or relieve and has been used for centuries to treat wounds and infections. Modern studies have shown that balsamic vinegar has many other health benefits.
- It contains polyphenols that inhibit oxidation of the "bad" LDL cholesterol that blocks arteries causing clogging and hardening.
- It contains antioxidant properties that help destroy "free radicals' responsible for premature aging, heart disease and cancer.
- It contains polyphenols that stimulate the pepsin activity in you body. This aids in the digestive process and makes it easier to repair and build cells.
- With only 15 calories per tablespoon, balsamic vinegar adds a lot of flavor to any dish without packing in too many calories. Substituting it for fatty dressings and mayonnaise makes it a healthier, low calorie alternative.