Balsamic vinegar contains no balsam. The word balsamico (from Latin balsamum, from Greek βάλσαμον) means “balsam-like” in the sense of “restorative” or “curative”. For centuries in Italy, grapes have been aged for decades in wood barrels and the resulting vinegar’s were called Balsamic Vinegar. They are very different from most Balsamic Vinegar’s you will find on a grocery store chain shelf (most of which consist of a cheap wine vinegar with corn syrup, flavorings and caramel coloring added).
All of our Vinegar’s are made in the traditional Solera Method, most coming to us straight from Italy! (2 special ones from USA and one from France) The Solera method involves cooking down fresh pressed grapes, in a copper kettle, into a thick sweet syrup called grape “must”. The grape must is then placed in HUGE wooden barrels with more grape juice, sealed and aged. As it ages it goes through a progression of smaller wood barrels (cherry, oak, maple, ash) thickening and condensing in sweetness and flavor with each step. It goes through this process for up to 18 years!
For our fruit vinegar’s, the grape must and grape juice are mixed with the concentrated juices from actual fruits, and aged together in the wooden barrels for years to create an aged fruit vinegar. They taste like fresh fruit because the only ingredient is grape juice and fruit juice! (Or espresso beans, cacao beans or Tahitian Vanilla beans).
You will NOT find any sugar, corn syrup, artificial flavorings or coloring or caramel coloring in any of our vinegar’s.
THESE ARE ALL NATURAL, LIVE FOODS WITH ENZYMES FOR HEALTH!
From ancient folk medicine to modern miracle Balsamic vinegar has been used since ancient times as a zesty seasoning and a healthy tonic to relieve fatigue, help digestion and aid in weight loss.
o High in cancer-fighting antioxidants
o A natural appetite suppressant
o Reduces cholesterol to help prevent heart disease
o Helps retard osteoporosis
o Amino acids slow the effects of aging
o Reduces the severity and frequency of headaches
o Enzymes for digestive disorders and poor metabolism
o Minerals to prevent bone diseases such as osteoporosis, prevent strokes, treat anemia and fatigue, as well as lower high blood pressure and high cholesterol
Read on only if interested in very technical information!
Digestive Benefits of Balsamic Vinegar
The digestive system can benefit greatly from balsamic vinegar. The vinegar boosts the activity of pepsin, an enzyme that breaks protein down into smaller amino acids that can be more easily absorbed by the body. Pepsin helps to improve the body’s metabolism as well. Balsamic vinegar can also improve insulin sensitivity for diabetic allowing for an easier regulation of blood sugar and reducing unpleasant side effects from diabetes.
Heart Disease and Cancer
Red grapes, like those used in making balsamic vinegar, contain a bioflavanoid known as quercetin. This works as an antioxidant and operates with Vitamin C to stimulate the immune system to fight infection, cancer, and inflammation. The seeds in grapes contain a substance called pyenogenols. This substance has a high degree of antioxidant and fights arthritis, cardiovascular problems, stress and allergies. The resveratrol in grapes has been the aim of recent research. The University of Illinois recent studies show promising evidence that balsamic vinegar consumption slows down or
stops the growth of tumors. Studies show it inhibits tumor growth at the initiation, promotion and progression stages. France’s Liver Research Study Group says resveratrol helps prevent liver cancer by blocking the invasion of tumor cells. Science laboratories report findings that it stops the development of an enzyme linked to breast cancer. The University of Wisconsin’s research shows that flavnoids in purple grape juice prevent the thickening of the arteries that hinder the flow of blood to the heart.
Research continues to study the properties of grapes in the nation’s fight against cancer and heart disease.
Antioxidants work to repair damage caused by free radicals, which are products produced by the oxygen used in our body. Balsamic vinegar contains polyphenols- anti oxidants that can protect the body from heart disease and cancer. The grapes that are used to make balsamic vinegar also contain antioxidants that fight against cell damage, improve the body’s immune system and make blood platlets more flexible, thus preventing heart or circulation problems.
Balsamic vinegar also works to suppress the body’s appetite and increase the amount of time it takes for the stomach to empty, which can contribute to weight loss by preventing overeating. According to nutrition data, balsamic vinegar is a source of calcium, iron, manganese and potassium, which improve the body’s functioning and weight loss abilities.