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Vinegar is an extremely versatile ingredient that is used in most kitchens for dressing salads, used in soups, added to dishes or make a marinade for poultry or meat. Vinegar is basically sour liquid that’s made from the fermentation of ethanol (alcohol) typically wine, beer or cider. 


There are varieties of vinegar available in the markets and each type has a very different and useful purpose. Vinegar not only tastes extremely great over salad, soups, chips etc but is also a storehouse of essential vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids thus delivers amazing healing powers.


Studies have shown that vinegar is considered as one of the functional foods (foods that are not only nutritious but help prevent and protect against disease). Vinegar remains the popular ingredient for pickling fruits and vegetables apart from adding flavor to other food dishes.


Vinegar is classified mainly into two types: Brewed Vinegar, Artificial vinegar Brewed vinegars are made from various fruits, starchy food items like potato and sugar containing substances by alcoholic and subsequent acetic fermentation while Artificial vinegars are prepared by diluting synthetic acetic acid or glacial acetic acid and are coloured with caramel. Artificial vinegars are also known as synthetic vinegar or non-brewed vinegar. Examples of Brewed vinegars includes fruit vinegar, malt vinegar, potato vinegar, honey vinegar, molasses vinegar and spiced vinegar

Types of Vinegar:

  1. Red Wine Vinegar
  2. Rice Vinegar
  3. Balsamic Vinegar
  4. Distilled White Vinegar
  5. White Wine Vinegar
  6. Apple Cider Vinegar
  7. Champagne Vinegar
  8. Sherry Vinegar
  9. Malt Vinegar

Rice vinegar is commonly produced in Japan and China. It is made from rice wine that’s allowed to ferment. Rice vinegar has a little sweeter taste than wine vinegars and is less sharp than distilled vinegars. It is used for making a variety of Asian salad dressing and stir fries.


Malt Vinegar is made from barley which is brewed into beer and then fermented. It has a mellow flavor and is often used as a condiment for fish and chips. It is light brown vinegar. Malt vinegar is a grain based vinegar that has a strong and rich barley flavor. Red and white wine vinegars are very common everyday vinegars.


They are best suited for salad dressings and marinades. Red wine vinegar is best used to flavor foods like beef, pork and vegetables while white vinegar is best for chicken and fish dishes. Balsamic vinegar is considered to be the most expensive vinegar because it is aged for a longer period of time.


Apple cider vinegar is inexpensive and milk. It is one of the best ingredient for making salad dressings. Apart adding into foods, white vinegar is also used for various other reasons. It is used as an all purpose multi cleaner, herbicide, brightener and many more. Using vinegar can make your life cheaper and easier.


Some of the excellent tips in using vinegar include: Equal quantities of vinegar and water added together would clean the shelves and walls of the fridge. To brighten your coffee mugs or tea cups, add equal amounts of vinegar and salt or baking soda and scrub gently the stains over the mugs and wash thoroughly.


You could eliminate odors by dampening some vinegar in a cloth and swab plastic containers. Vinegar helps in removing the stains from the carpet. To reuse your paint brushes, soak the brushes in a pot of vinegar for an hour and later rinse them clean.

5 Therapeutic Effects of Vinegar:

  1. Vinegar is one of the excellent natural cleaning agents as it has antimicrobial properties.
  2. Vinegar is said to be anti-glycemic and has beneficial effect on blood sugar levels. It is believed that the acetic acid in vinegar may lower blood sugar.
  3. The antioxidant content in vinegar could make it useful against cancer.
  4. Vinegar aids in weight lose as it seems to have anti-obesity effect by increasing satiety and reducing the total amount of food consumed.
  5. A tablespoon of Apple cider vinegar added to a glass of water and had daily could reduce heartburn and acid reflux.

Eating the right foods will help your body perform to the best of your ability. Apart from developing healthy eating habits, you should also understand that working on any type of physical activity or regular exercising will keep you fit and strong. Enjoy cooking and eat healthy and hygienic homemade foods.


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