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What Are the Health Benefits of Balsamic Vinaigrette?

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Derek Buckner has been writing professionally since 2005, specializing in diet, nutrition and general health. He has been published in "Today's Dietitian," "Food Essentials" and "Eating Well Magazine," among others. Buckner is a registered dietitian and holds a Bachelor of Science in nutrition and food science from Drexel University.
What Are the Health Benefits of Balsamic Vinaigrette?
A caprese salad drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette. Photo Credit amberleeknight/iStock/Getty Images

Balsamic vinegar originated in Italy and is created using a process in which grapes are pressed and fermented. The vinegar is then aged inside an oak barrel for a period of time until the desired flavor profile is achieved. Balsamic vinegar can be used to flavor sandwiches, salads, pasta, tomatoes or anything else. Consuming balsamic vinegar can offer a number of health benefits.

Improved Digestion

Balsamic vinegar is rich in polyphenols, a powerful antioxidant that helps boost pepsin activity. Pepsin is an enzyme that is secreted into the stomach to aid in the digestion process. This enzyme works to break down proteins that are consumed and turn them into amino acids, which helps speed up your metabolism. The polyphenols found in balsamic vinegar help protect your body from various diseases and against damage to your cells.

Cancer Fighter

The grapes that are used to create balsamic vinegar contain quercetin, a bioflavonoid that works as an antioxidant. When combined with vitamin C, quercetin gives your immune system a boost in an effort to fight cancer and a variety of other infectious diseases. Quercetin is also effective in limiting inflammations.

Weight Loss

If you are concerned with your weight and want to shed a few pounds, balsamic vinegar works as a secret weapon. Consuming balsamic vinegar keeps you full by increasing how long it takes for your stomach to empty. It also works as a natural appetite suppressant. By using balsamic vinegar as a marinade or salad dressing instead of other options, you consume fewer calories. The weight loss abilities of your body are also improved thanks to the potassium, iron and calcium found in balsamic vinegar.

Other Benefits

Balsamic vinegar has a number of other benefits that make adding it to your diet a smart choice. Balsamic vinegar has a number of antiviral and antibacterial properties, allowing it to help heal wounds and infections. Balsamic vinegar can also help control diabetes, prevent fatigue and anemia, reduce cholesterol, strengthen bones and slow the signs of aging.

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