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Is Balsamic Vinegar Fattening?

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One of the most frequently asked questions from those who care about being in perfect shape and health without giving up the pleasures of good food is: “Does Balsamic Vinegar make you fat?”. One of the general principles of the Mediterranean diet, known all around the world as a correct and balanced one, is to eat a little bit of everything in moderate quantities. In other words, if we use the right amount of Balsamic Vinegar, enhancing our meals and making the traditional Italian recipes even more unique, then the answer is a simple but peremptory “no”.

In fact, the recommended average daily dose of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI is about 15 ml., a good spoonful that contains less than 30 calories. While the average daily dose of the Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PDO is limited to few drops, more caloric ones but decidedly less impacting on the daily calorie count.

Recommended in many diets, Balsamic Vinegar is truly a balm for health, bringing so many benefits, that it would be a pity to deprive yourself of it. We talked in more detail about these commendable qualities in the previous article: Benefits of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena.

Balsamic Vinegar in the Ketogenic Diet

Even if the presence of sugars in Balsamic Vinegar suggests that this condiment is not suitable for the ketogenic diet, we have to keep in mind that the quantity of carbohydrates is really of little relevance if related to the dosage. In addition to this, it is surely preferable to olive oil, even an extra virgin one. So for those who need to drastically reduce carbohydrates in a certain period of time, it is absolutely fine to use moderate quantities of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI and Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PDO. The most important thing is to know well the correct usage of both products, which are very different one from another, in order to combine them correctly with your dishes and fully appreciate their taste.

Correct Usage of PDI and PDO Products

Our culture promotes healthy eating by enhancing the flavors of natural ingredients by simple condiments. This puts us into the position of having a moral responsibility to inform our customers and balsamic lovers in general about the correct use of PGI and PDO Balsamic Vinegars.

Briefly, Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI is supposed to be used as a condiment for fresh salads and vegetables. Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PDO, richer in fruit sugars due to the major concentration of its unique ingredient, the cooked grape must, is normally used in drops onto hot meals. A disproportionate use of it on a meal would be a waste, for it would lead to the full coverage of all the other flavors.

Thanks to these tips you can make the most of the organoleptic peculiarities of the two product, in order to ennoble and enrich your dishes. Both of the vinegar will also benefit your health: could we ever ask more?

Balsamic Vinegar: Recommended Recipes

To conclude this interesting excursus, we would like to give some ideas for meals with Balsamic Vinegar of Modena that you should definitely try. Whether you decide to try them in a typical restaurant or you prefer to try your hand at the stove in a real culinary challenge, you can search for the right inspiration in our Video Recipes section.

Do you prefer hot meals? Than you surely have to consider trying the traditional Risotto with Red Bell-Peppers Cream and Balsamic Vinegar Reduction. If you are a meat lover, we would recommend you to try Pork Fillet with Pancetta and Tropea Onion Chutney with Balsamico. Balsamic Vinegar also works perfectly well with fish. Our Tuna Tataki with Black Pearl Balsamic Vinegar easily proves it. Check out the recipes! You may find the right condiment in our shop online!

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