Properties, benefits and uses of wine vinegar. Image: 5PH Shutterstock
Wine vinegar is used at the table as a condiment, but it is also indicated for some beauty treatments. It is also a product that has a beneficial effect on our body: it is indicated in low-calorie diets, it does not contain cholesterol and it would help reduce blood sugar levels. Here are all the properties of wine vinegar.
Vinegar was already known at the time of the ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks, its first use dates back to the year 3000 B.C. The Egyptians used it to season and flavor food, while Hippocrates used it to heal the wounds of his patients in 420 BC Let’s find out then all the properties of wine vinegar for health and beauty, and if there are any contraindications.
What is wine vinegar?
White or red wine vinegar is obtained by fermenting white or red wine by the action of Acetobacter bacteria: these, in the presence of air, oxidize the ethanol contained in the wine and transform it into acetic acid.
In addition to being used as a condiment, wine vinegar is also used to preserve food products, as it helps reduce the microbial load that may be present in food. The final quality of the vinegar depends on the quality of the starting wine and the production technology.
Properties of wine vinegar.
Wine vinegar is rich in mineral salts, including potassium, zinc, iron, calcium, sodium, and magnesium, as well as enzymes, which attenuate intestinal fermentation and help prevent joint inflammation and osteoporosis.
Vinegar also slows down digestion, eliminating the feeling of heaviness and increasing the feeling of fullness. Thanks to its low caloric intake, it is a condiment indicated in low calorie diets: 1 tablespoon contains 3 calories, it is also free of cholesterol, so it can also be consumed by people with cardiovascular problems.
What are the benefits of wine vinegar?
Grape polyphenols make vinegar an antioxidant food, capable of fighting the harmful action of free radicals, delaying cell aging.
Additionally, vinegar could keep blood sugar levels under control, due to the presence of acetic acid, helping to lower blood sugar levels.
Acetic acid also has the ability to reduce the accumulation of fat in the body and to lower blood pressure.
Vinegar may also have antitumor properties, although the substances responsible for this activity have not yet been identified.
Thanks to its astringent effect, wine vinegar, like apple cider vinegar, exerts a smoothing action on the skin, since it favors the closing of the pores: it is often used in beauty treatments for the preparation of masks or wraps to tone and regenerate the skin.
White wine vinegar applied to the skin would help keep mosquitoes away, thus avoiding unpleasant bites.
To obtain the beneficial effects of vinegar, it is enough to use the necessary amount that is usually used to dress the salad.
It is not recommended to take large amounts of vinegar if you suffer from heartburn, but also in diabetics: excess vinegar can affect the amount of glucose and insulin in the blood, as well as having an additive effect combined with diabetes medications.
Also, vinegar lowers blood pressure: therefore, it is not recommended if you are taking antihypertensive medications.
In any case, it is advisable to consult a doctor.