I am always looking for some interesting topics to blog about. And this week I came across a little book that I have had for years. It contains 100 helpful hints about the use of and the benefits of using vinegar.
Up Jack got, and home did trot,
As fast as he could caper;
To old Dame Dob, who patched his nob
With vinegar and brown paper!
The author of that rhyme is unknown – but it seems to me he or she knew something, right? One of my favorite online sites (ehow.com) had some great information:
“Cider vinegar has been used as a home remedy for many years, though it should not be used in place of treatments prescribed by your doctor. Vinegar can reduce acne, fade age spots, soothe jellyfish stings, eliminate dandruff, reduce frizzy hair, cure skin ailments such as warts, shingles and ringworm, cure yeast infections, stop nose bleeds, cure poison ivy and soothe sore muscles. Some remedies require the vinegar to be full strength and others require the vinegar to be diluted.
However, cider vinegar as a home remedy, can interact with medicines, laxative and diuretics, which can be very harmful. It has also been found to lower bone density and lower potassium levels in the body if used for a long time. If you have osteoporosis, low potassium or are taking medications then you need to check with your doctor first to avoid any possible harmful interactions. Chromium is in cider vinegar, which can change insulin levels in the body. If you are diabetic, you should not ingest cider vinegar as a home remedy”. Gosh, this last part sounds like a prescription warning!
So, there you have some pros and cons. I use vinegar in many of the dishes I prepare such as my marinara sauce and my chicken dishes. Basalmic vinegar makes a wonderful gastrique sauce when combined with fruit. And it also contains calcium and iron. Most vinegars are low in calories, but beware of basalmic and rice vinegars – they are high in sugar because of the distilled process. But red and white wine vinegars have no calories.
I found it very interesting that in ancient times (Cleopatra’s era), it was discovered that grape juice, left undisturbed, turned into wine. Wine has been used in celebrations ever since. The subsequent and inevitable discovery that wine, left undisturbed, eventually turns into vinegar was not heralded with as much enthusiasm. However, over many long years the wonders of vinegar have been revealed, and will continue to be for many years to come. This little bit of info came from another great site – vinegarworkswonders.com
So add to that the many household uses – it seems to me that vinegar is pretty amazing.
Who knew? Well, now YOU do! I just love sharing with you all every week. Have a happy and healthy week! Blessings to you all