Studies conducted in the early 2000s conclude that both apple cider vinegar and balsamic vinegar are healthful with regard to specific ailments or conditions. For instance, cider vinegar is believed to help control diabetes, while balsamic vinegar is associated with improved circulation and heart health.
Cider vinegar is believed to help control blood sugar by reducing the rate at which said sugars rise in the body. Researchers state that vinegar contains many of the same properties as diabetes medications, such as acarbose and metformin, and that it is particularly effective when consumed before a high-carbohydrate meal. Regular consumption of balsamic vinegar can help reduce the threat of artheroscleroisis, the build-up of plaque in the arteries, making vinegar a tool that may prevent heart attack and stroke in susceptible patients.
Even generic vinegars can offer healthy benefits. The high pH level in vinegar kills bacteria and may help combat the bacteria that cause sore throat. Additionally, because vinegars are high in polyphenols and antioxidant compounds, they may be used to lower cancer risk in some patients. In a dietary context, vinegars offer flavorful alternatives to many high fat condiments or dressings, helping people lose weight. For example, simply diluting a common blue cheese salad dressing with vinegar may enhance flavor and cut the calories involved in half.