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Benefits of Organic Plum Vinegar

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author image Jill Corleone
Based in Hawaii, Jill Corleone is a registered dietitian who has been writing and lecturing on diet and health for more than 10 years. Her work has been featured on the Huffington Post, Diabetes Self-Management and in the book "Noninvasive Mechanical Ventilation," edited by John R. Bach, M.D. Corleone holds a Bachelor of Science in nutrition.
Benefits of Organic Plum Vinegar
Plum vinegar is the leftover brine from making the salty Japanese plums. Photo Credit DAJ/amana images/Getty Images

Made from the brine used to make ume plums, which are pickled Japanese plums, organic plum vinegar adds flavor to food without any calories. It's also rich in phenols, a type of plant chemical that promotes health, and is free of synthetic pesticides. But, unlike other vinegars, it's also high in sodium.

Flavor Without Calories

Based on a 1-teaspoon serving size, organic plum vinegar flavors food without any calories. When you're trying to lose weight, or even maintain your weight, finding ways to save calories here and there can help. You can use the plum vinegar in place of your usual salad dressing on mixed greens. Or, use it to make your own low-calorie dressing. It also makes a good replacement for oil or butter on steamed vegetables.

Rich in Phenols

Compared to other types of vinegar, such as apple cider and balsamic, organic plum vinegar is a better source of phenols. Although the science is new and still under study, it's believed that phenolic compounds in food may provide some protection against a variety of illnesses such as heart disease and cancer. More specifically, the phenols in vinegar have antioxidant activity and protect cells from damage by free radicals.

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Reduced Exposure to Chemical Pesticides

Using the organic vinegar instead of a conventional plum vinegar may reduce your exposure to synthetic pesticides, genetically-modified organisms and sewage-sludge fertilizers. Additionally, as an organic food, it may be a richer source of nutrients, according to Helpguide.org, and may be better tolerated if you have a food allergy. It's also better for the environment.

Watch the Sodium

The organic plum vinegar is also a source of sodium. A 1-teaspoon serving of the sour condiment has 420 milligrams of sodium. A diet high in sodium is associated with high blood pressure, according to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Some sodium in the diet is OK. The guidelines suggest to limit your intake to 2,300 milligrams a day or 1,400 milligrams if you already have high blood pressure, are over the age of 50 or are of African American descent. If you're using organic plum vinegar, track your sodium intake to help you stay within the recommended limits.

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