My Truths #130 (vinegar)

by Stephanie

Vinegar is the star of many of my salads. There are several different types of vinegar such as apple cider, red wine, white vinegar and balsamic. All are fat free, unique in flavour and nutritional content.

  • Apple cider vinegar is well known for its role in several home-remedies but it has nutritional value as well. Apple cider vinegar contains no vitamins, but it does contain a few minerals. It also contains no carbs. One of my loyal readers told me recently that he and his wife take it to control their appetite and cravings.
  • Red wine vinegar contains a bit of vitamin C as well as a few minerals. It’s also another no carb option. It has a richer and sweeter taste than apple cider vinegar.
  • Distilled vinegar is also known as “white” vinegar. It has less nutritional value than the other vinegars. It tastes tart and has no vitamins but does offer a trace amount of a few minerals.
  • Balsamic vinegar is my favourite! It contains 4.3 mg of calcium per 1 Tbsp as well as iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. It also contains sodium (3.7 mg). It is the one vinegar than contains carbs (2.7 g of carbs per Tbsp), which are mostly from the natural sugar of the balsam plant. Balsamic vinegar comes in several flavours as well. I currently have fig balsamic and espresso balsamic in my cupboard. They make a tasty and healthy salad dressing when mixed with extra virgin olive oil. One of my favourites is the classic caprese salad (simple recipe below). Like wine, some good quality balsamic vinegars get better with age. There’s a bottle of 100 year old Italian balsamic on Amazon that comes with a $344.62 price tag for a 2.39 Ounce Glass Bottle. Wow…that would be some salad!

Caprese Salad Recipe: tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil leaves drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  I like to reduce my balsamic in a saucepan a bit to make it thicker. This way you really get to taste the vinegar rather than it ending up in a pool in the bottom of your serving dish.

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