Health and vinegar!

Vinegar is a condiment that has been appreciated and used for centuries around the world. We are proud to bring this tradition to your table. But did you know that there is much more to vinegar than its delicious flavour and versatility in the kitchen? It can also provide us with significant health benefits.

In our quest to explore the expert-endorsed health benefits of vinegar, we came across some fascinating articles which formed the basis for the following.


Benefit 1: Blood glucose monitoring

One of the most remarkable benefits of vinegar was found in the study Vinegar: Medicinal Uses and Antiglycemic Effect, by researchers Carol S. Johnston and Cindy A. Gaas from the Department of Nutrition at the University of Arizona. They highlight the ability of vinegar to help control blood glucose, improving insulin sensitivity and reducing blood sugar levels after meals. This study is particularly relevant for people with type 2 diabetes or those looking to keep their sugar levels stable.


Benefit 2: Promotes weight control

The research mentioned in the article Funcional Propierties of Vinegar published by several researchers in the Journal of Food Science points out that vinegar can help increase feelings of satiety, which also reduces total caloric intake. In addition, it can help reduce the accumulation of fat in the body. It should be remembered, however, that it should not be replaced by a healthy and balanced diet.


Benefit 3: Improves digestion

In the same article we mentioned above, experts mention that vinegar can stimulate the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which facilitates the breakdown of food and the absorption of nutrients. This can relieve digestive problems such as indigestion or acid reflux.


Benefit 4: Regulates cholesterol and improves cardiovascular health

In our quest to explore the health benefits of vinegar, we couldn’t have overlooked a study titled Effects of grape wine and apple cider vinegar on oxidative and antioxidative status in high cholesterol-fed rats. The study reveals that apple cider vinegar has the potential to improve blood lipid levels. In particular, a decrease in total cholesterol and triglyceride levels was observed, which is promising in the context of cardiovascular disease prevention. A healthier lipid profile is essential to keep your arteries cleaner.


Benefit 5: Antioxidant protection

All studies have in common the antioxidant potential of apple cider vinegar. They point out that it can help fight oxidative stress, a process that can contribute to premature ageing and heart-related diseases. The antioxidants present in vinegar help neutralise harmful free radicals, thus protecting the body’s cells and tissues. 


Benefit 6: Improves cognitive function

Finally, we want to highlight the study Continuous Ingestion of Acetic Acid Bacteria: Effect on Cognitive Function in Healthy Middle-Aged and Elderly Persons.It presents a fascinating perspective on how regular consumption of vinegar, especially vinegar containing acetic acid bacteria, could be linked to improvements in cognitive function and brain health. This discovery is highly relevant in a world where ageing and concerns about brain health are increasingly common. During the study the researchers observed improvements in the memory, attention and cognitive function of their participants. Ultimately, vinegar, specifically that which contains acetic acid bacteria, could play a role in supporting long-term brain health and could be crucial in reducing the risk of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

How do you incorporate vinegar into your diet?

Now that we’ve told you some of the research-backed benefits of vinegar, let’s talk about some simple ways to incorporate vinegar into your diet.

As a condiment in salads: use vinegar as a base for your home-made dressings, mix them with olive oil and, if you like, give it a twist with added fresh herbs. Enjoy the benefits of vinegar with fresh and healthy dishes.

Vinegar drink: mix a spoonful of vinegar in a glass of water and drink it before meals. It will help you improve your digestion, control your appetite and improve your cardiovascular health.

Sauce for marinades: adding vinegar to marinades and sauces enhances the flavour of meats, fish and vegetables. Also, vinegar makes food more tender.

While these findings are promising, it’s important to remember that moderation and a balanced diet remain critical to maintaining good health throughout life.

Health and vinegar!


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Discovering the power of feedback: the Badia Vinagres Focus Group

We firmly believe in the importance of listening to our customers and constantly evolving to offer them the best possible experience. This is why, recently, we ran a focus group at the Badia Vinagres facilities, a valuable marketing tool designed to gather direct information from our customers and possible customers.

We held two sessions with some sixty participants. The experience was very enriching, giving us firsthand insight into the opinions and suggestions of those who’ve already tasted our vinegars and those interested in doing do. Hearing what they like best and discovering their needs and desires is priceless when it comes to designing our value proposition. It could also give rise to new products and formats as well as improvements in our products and services.

During the focus group, participants were asked to complete a questionnaire about demographic data, our brand and packaging or vinegar culture and consumption habits, among other themes.

In addition to gathering information through the questionnaire, we wanted to take our guests on an emotional and sensory journey through our facilities. We showed them the heart of our small factory, we shared our family history with them and we transmitted them our love for the craft and tradition of vinegar brewing.

Our aim was to make the focus group a different and unique experience in a relaxed, welcoming setting; so, naturally, we couldn’t forget the culinary experience. We ended the tour with a tasting of our vinegars, accompanied by tapas specially selected for the occasion.

We wanted our guests to experience our products’ versatility and how they can highlight the flavours of different dishes. It was a moment to delight the senses and explore new combinations.

We are profoundly grateful for the participation of each and every one of the people who joined our focus group. Their opinions and suggestions are a gift for us, as was their presence at our beloved vinegar brewery.

Thank you for forming part of our story and helping us improve!

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Don’t let appearances lead you astray: appreciate vinegar dregs

On the labels of our vinegars you’ll read ‘May produce natural sediments’. We’ll tell you why!

If some time after buying your vinegar you see a possibly strange-looking substance, don’t throw it out! Just the opposite: appreciate it, as it represents a synonym of natural product, of living product. This sediment, called vinegar dregs, is a biofilm produced by the vinegar’s fermentation, composed of a form of cellulose and bacteria – the beneficial sort – which transform the alcohol in wine into acetic acid.

All natural, unpasteurised vinegars may show the presence of this viscosity and turbidity in time. These substances are not found in industrial vinegars because they are removed for aesthetic reasons.

Give a second life to your vinegar dregs and use them to make your own vinegar at home!

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