Vinegar’s not a magic elixir—but it may be able to help your waistline, cholesterol and more! Who knew? Read on to find out some of the surprising health benefits of vinegar.
A splash of vinegar may give your weight-loss efforts a small boost. People who added raspberry vinegar or apple cider vinegar to their diets daily for at least 4 weeks slimmed down more than those who didn’t get vinegar.
Cook with Raspberry Vinegar: Raspberry-Tarragon Vinaigrette
Apple cider vinegar helped increase “good” HDL cholesterol in animal studies. Plus, it contains a polyphenol, chlorogenic acid, thought to reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol.
Cook with Apple Cider Vinegar: Peach, Raspberry & Watercress Salad with Five-Spice Bacon
The antioxidant quercetin, found in grape-based vinegars like balsamic, may help tame high blood pressure, says research in the Journal of Nutrition. It’s in apple vinegars too.
Cook with Balsamic Vinegar: Balsamic & Parmesan Broccoli
Acetic acid, which gives red-wine vinegar and other vinegars their sour taste, helps you stay satisfied after eating by minimizing blood sugar spikes.
Cook with Red-Wine Vinegar: Lemon-Herb Salmon with Caponata & Farro
Vinegars contain phenols, naturally occurring plant compounds linked with reduced cancer risk. One type of rice vinegar, kurosu, boasts more than any other.
Cook with Rice Vinegar: Korean-Style Beef & Cabbage Tacos