Vinegar is made by fermenting anything that naturally contains sugar. In the case of distilled white vinegar, it is often made from corn and apples. Like other vinegars, white vinegar contains few calories but packs a lot of flavor. Its acetic acid content may help lower cholesterol levels as well.
Adds Flavor With Few Calories
A 1-tablespoon serving of white vinegar has only 3 calories and no fat. In turn, a 1-tablespoon serving of sunflower oil has 120 calories and 13.6 grams of fat. Using vinegar in place of oil to season foods, especially salads or other raw or cooked vegetable dishes, can help you keep your calorie count and fat intake low.
Lowers Cholesterol Levels
Vinegar may also help lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. An animal study published in 2006 in the “British Journal of Nutrition” found that taking acetic acid, consumed as part of a no- or low-cholesterol diet, led to lower overall cholesterol and triglyceride levels. While the results were promising, further research, including long-term human study, is needed before vinegar can be recommended as a cholesterol-lowering agent.
Increases Feelings of Fullness
A 2005 study in the “European Journal of Clinical Nutrition” found that acetic acid, in the form of vinegar, may help increase feelings of fullness after a meal. Researchers discovered that taking varying levels of vinegar along with a meal including white bread led to increased feelings of satiety in the healthy, human volunteers. In the “Journal of the American Dietetics Association” in 2005, another study also found that consuming vinegar led to feelings of satiety after meals. The research team concluded this was due to vinegar helping maintain steadier levels of blood sugar after a meal.
White Vinegar Uses
Because white vinegar has a neutral taste — it only tastes sour — it can be paired with a variety of foods. White vinegar can be used to add a bit of acidity to foods or to make salad dressings. Because white vinegar is purified or distilled and because it has a high acetic acid content, it is well-suited to making pickles, mustards and canned foods.