Is Balsamic Vinegar safe for pregnancy?
Unmissable on the table and much loved by Italians. Is our friend Balsamic Vinegar suitable and safe for pregnant women? Let’s find out together.
Pregnancy and Balsamic
Quantity and careful choice of food are fundamental aspects for future mothers. In fact, selecting the correct foods is extremely important. From breakfast to dinner. It is essential to ask yourself if the foods to be ingested are healthy for the correct development of the unborn child.
By “diet in pregnancy” we mean the diet rich in nutrients able to maintain the mother and fetus healthy, providing the essential nutrients to ensure a balanced calorie intake.
How to deal with condiments?
Is Balsamic Vinegar suitable and safe for pregnant women? Or, in other words. Is it between the foods to be included in the diet during pregnancy?
By itself, Traditional Balsamic Vinegar has innumerable properties. Some of them are:
- It has strong antiseptic and antibacterial abilities
- It increases the sense of satiety
- Help fight cellular ageing
- Regulates blood pressure
Of particular interest to future mothers is the ability of Balsamic Vinegar to reduce nausea. Especially if taken in the morning.
Balsamic Vinegar is rich in antioxidants. These are great for pregnant women. They protect cells from possible damage caused by free radicals. A high portion of antioxidants in pregnancy help protect the mother and baby from oxidative stress.
We also remember that Balsamic Vinegar (the traditional PDO one) does not make you fat. The Black Gold of Modena is low in calories. It is useful for fighting high cholesterol. This is different when we talk about the Balsamic Vinegar Glazes. These are obtained by adding wine vinegar, thickeners, dyes and sweeteners to the cooked must (the only ingredient that makes up traditional DOP vinegar). Therefore, the sugar and caloric intake of glazes and similar products is greater.
Disadvantages of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
Balsamic vinegar has a high acid content. This can cause or increase heartburn in pregnancy. Also, especially some types of vinegar such as apple vinegar. If these are taken in high quantities during pregnancy can cause dental problems.
Therefore, Balsamic Vinegar is suitable and safe in pregnancy. What you need to pay attention to are the foods that are accompanied with Balsamic. Unwashed vegetables, fish and raw meat can be the main causes of problems.
A curiosity linked to the history of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena:
“it is said that in the year 1500 Lucrezia Borgia, Duchess of Ferrara, asked for the famous vinegar to soothe the pangs of childbirth.”
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