The nutritional properties of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is a local condiment with a long history: it is one of the oldest ingredients in Italian cuisine, with roots dating back to the Middle Ages. Its history has been largely reconstructed through historical documents, stories and family traditions passed down from generation to generation. Over time, production techniques have been preserved and improved, and today we are faced with a condiment that is excellent in every respect, including the nutritional side.
The properties not to be underestimated
Although we only put a few drops of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena in our dishes, we certainly cannot underestimate its properties. This foodstuff, in fact, boasts a rich nutritional composition. This is mainly due to the main ingredient: grapes. It has been found that 100 millilitres of balsamic vinegar (88 calories 262) ensure a good intake of carbohydrates (17 grams) and also of:
- magnesium (12 mg),
- potassium (112 mg),
- sodium (23 mg),
- calcium (27 mg),
- phosphorus (19 mg).
The health benefits of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
In addition to providing a good supply of nutrients, this food also provides important positive effects for our bodies. For example, the antioxidants present in balsamic vinegar can help prevent certain chronic diseases and also have an interesting anti-ageing effect.
This delicious condiment also boasts exceptional antibacterial and antiviral properties, which can help fight bacteria and prevent infections. The acetic acid, one of the components of balsamic, can even help control blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Other beneficial properties not to be underestimated
Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is capable of slowing down gastric activity and increasing the sense of satiety perceived after meals. The action of the poliphenols present in grapes should also be considered: they can strengthen the immune system, counteract the damaging effects of free radicals and slow down cellular ageing.
Due to its low caloric intake, balsamic vinegar is a condiment that can also be consumed by those on calorie-restricted diets. The consumption of vinegar, regardless of type, is generally not recommended for those suffering from gastritis or gastro-oesophageal reflux, because in some cases it may exacerbate the symptoms associated with these disorders. It is not recommended for use by people with diabetes as it may affect the amount of glucose and insulin in the blood and could therefore have an additive effect when combined with other drugs for the treatment of this condition.
The uses of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena in cooking
Now that we have seen what the properties of balsamic vinegar are, it is time to bring it to the table more often. We are dealing with a very versatile ingredient, perfect for enhancing the flavour of many dishes. It can be used as a salad dressing and as a component of marinades, meat or fish dishes, sauces and even desserts. It can also be used as a sugar substitute in some dessert recipes.
In any event, however, it is always a good idea to use the right product, one that is of quality and prepared just as tradition dictates. With this in mind, we invite you to taste our products. From the Balsamic Vinegar of Modena IGP to the Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PDO, all the way to the Balsamic Vinegar Dressings, we are sure to satisfy your palate!