- Posted April 26, 2012 by
New York, New York
May’s National Vinegar Month Highlights the Many Uses of Vinegar
When cooking, a dash or two of vinegar is the perfect solution to add zest to a dish or to balance out flavors. Each variety of vinegar offers its own distinct flavor and appeal. The varieties of vinegar used in cooking include favorites such as: apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, rice vinegar, white wine vinegar and white distilled vinegar. Many vinegar infusions can be created with fresh herbs or fruits for endless flavor possibilities.
Cleaning with vinegar can help to save time and money. White distilled vinegar is a cost-effective, all-in-one cleaner that can be used in all rooms of the house. An online survey conducted by The Vinegar Institute found that cleaning and disinfecting are the second most popular uses for white distilled vinegar next to food preparation uses. Vinegar can be used to remove laundry stains or set colors. Vinegar is also great to clean the oven, shine windows, polish metal and even banish mildew.
Not only does vinegar help around the house, it also can be used to manage blood glucose levels. Eating foods that are high in starch, such as bread and rice, causes surges in blood glucose. These high levels of blood glucose have been linked to increased cardiovascular disease risk in healthy populations and can also increase complications among those with Type 2 diabetes. According to research from Arizona State University, consuming small amounts of vinegar – 1 to 2 tablespoons – before your meal can reduce these high levels of glucose. As always, consult your doctor about any health issues that you may be experiencing or before you begin any nutrition program.