Some people drink apple cider vinegar before meals or take an apple cider vinegar supplement to lose weight, but according to MayoClinic.com, no evidence suggests that it's likely to be beneficial. However, a 2009 study published by Tomoo Kondo and colleagues in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that acetic acid, which is found in vinegar, may inhibit body fat accumulation. Regardless of its effects on body weight, vinegar does have health benefits. A tbsp. of apple cider vinegar with meals can help blood sugar levels from getting too high, according to a study cited in Reader's Digest. There are many ways to incorporate vinegar into cooking to lower calories and enhance the flavor of foods.
Try vinaigrette dressing on a baked potato instead of butter. Two tbsp. of butter have 204 calories, according to the USDA National Nutrient Database. Two tbsp. of sun-dried tomato vinaigrette have 75 calories, according to AnneCollins.com.
Serve shrimp with a lemon vinaigrette instead of melted butter.
Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to a cup of fat-free milk as a substitute for buttermilk to lower calories and fat content.
Make pasta salad with vinaigrette instead of mayonnaise. A mayonnaise-based dressing has 220 calories in 2 tbsp., according to AnneCollins.com. Two tbsp. of a basic vinaigrette have 180 calories.
Use vinegar to flavor your food instead of high-fat and high-calorie butter. Add a tbsp. of apple cider or white wine vinegar to fried or boiled fish to enhance the flavor and tenderize the flesh.
Create basic vinaigrette salad dressing by using one part white distilled vinegar to four parts oil. Or try balsamic vinaigrette or raspberry vinaigrette. Vinaigrette salad dressings are also high in healthy fats and typically have fewer calories than creamy dressings. Two tbsp. of oil and vinegar have 140 calories, while 2 tbsp. of thousand island salad dressing have 180 calories.