White vinegar is a clear liquid used in cooking and cleaning generally. White vinegar is made with grains or corn (or malt) and water, apart from yeast which facilitates the fermentation process. Because of the yeast and exposure to oxygen, there is a bitter and sour taste to white vinegar. Apart from this, the liquid is tasteless. White vinegar is commonly used in pickling and in canned foods, as a preservative. It is also used in salads, marinade, rice preparations and while cooking beans, ham etc., as a flavouring agent.
The main ingredient in white vinegar, which is also called distilled vinegar, is acetic acid which is the result of the process of fermentation. As far as nutrition is concerned, white vinegar is very low in calories and does not contain any fat.
Now, let us look at the health benefits offered by white vinegar:
- Lowering cholesterol:
A study conducted on a group of persons who were part of low-cholesterol food, indicated that including white vinegar in food , helped in lowering the bad cholesterol levels. If the bad cholesterols, LDLs, and triglycerides, which are also bad for the heart, are reduced, this helps in warding off diseases concerning the heart.
However, research is still going on and nothing is finally established to recommend white vinegar as a food inclusion to lower bad cholesterols in the body.
- Ideal for the obese:
Including white vinegar along with your regular meal, helps you feel full for a longer time. This is especially beneficial to the obese persons who desparately want to reduce their weight and yet are not able to control their food cravings.
By including white vinegar and whole grain bread, the obese get the required amount of energy and and also feel satiated for a longer time. This is one method to allow more time between two meals.
- Good for diabetics:
White vinegar does not cause immediate fluctuations in blood sugars. Hence, it is ideal for persons with type 2 diabetes. A study group concluded that including permitted dosage of white vinegar along with the recommended food helped in steadying blood sugar levels, after intake of food, in diabetic patients.
- Tackle sunburn:
Rub a few drops of white vinegar on the sun tanned skin. Regular use helps in erasing the tan.
- To relieve itching caused due to skin diseases.
Mix a teaspoon of white vinegar in a mug of warm water and wash the itchy area in this solution. This helps in getting relief from itch and rashes. A teaspoon of white vinegar may be added to bath water to help deal with skin itching.
- For cleaner hair:
Use a rinse made of white vinegar and warm water, as a final rinse on shampooed hair. This helps in getting rid of dandruff and conditions the hair.
- For relief from foot pain:
Take about half a bucket of hot water. It should be of bearable heat. Add a teaspoon of white vinegar. Now, soak feet and relax in this water for about fifteen minutes. This helps in relieving foot pain and also cleans the feet clear of dirt and dust. It also removes accumulated dirt and harmful microbes from the cracks in heels and toes.
- To clear chest blocks:
Boil water to which a teaspoon of white vinegar is added. Inhale the fumes from this water to get relief from nasal and chest congestion.
- To cure a heartburn or acidity:
Drink a glass of warm water to which about half-a-teaspoon of white vinegar is added. This provides instant relief.
Word of caution:
Be sure of the quality of white vinegar that you are using.