Vinegar Nutrition Facts
Vinegar has been used for its health benefits for a long time now—at least since the ancient Greeks. Apple cider vinegar, particularly, seems to be regarded as healthy. It’s made by fermenting apple juice until it becomes apple cider, and then fermenting the cider again until it becomes vinegar. At this point, it is full of all kinds of enzymes and acids that can help with digestion. Which means that it can help your body absorb vitamins and nutrients from the other foods that you eat. So while vinegar itself doesn’t have a lot of nutrients, it improves the health profile of all the other foods on y plate.
Vinegar has a strong, tangy taste that can really add a nice sour kick to your meal. This is especially important if you’re on a diet. One of the reasons diets can be hard to stick to is because low-fat, low-sugar food is boring. It tastes bland and the meals aren’t satisfying. Well, throw a little vinegar on that boring food, and now it’s got some kick! Speaking of diet foods…
Oil and vinegar go together like…well, actually they don’t go together. They separate. But they taste good together, like peanut butter and jelly! And as far as salad dressings go, you can’t get any better. Extra virgin olive oil is a super health source of fat, which helps your body to absorb fats-soluble vitamins, like beta carotene from carrots. And the vinegar helps your body to absorb all the calcium in those leafy greens. Vegetable salads are a super healthy food, but you want to make sure you get the most out of them!
Using vinegar on your skin seems counterintuitive, but apparently it can help reduce sunburn. Some people even use it as a facial toner, making a mixture that is half water and half vinegar. It might sting, but it might be worth it!
It seems like vinegar would make acid reflux worse, doesn’t it? After all, vinegar is acidic, too. But vinegar is used as a home remedy for acid reflux. There are a few theories out there as to why this works, but in my opinion, who cares why it works? It works! So if you’re experiencing acid reflux, grab a little vinegar.