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From wikipedia

Vinegar is a liquid processed from the fermentation of ethanol in a process that yields its key ingredient, acetic acid. The acetic acid concentration typically ranges from 4 to 8 percent by volume for table vinegar [1] (typically 5%) and higher concentrations for pickling (up to 18%). Natural vinegars also contain small amounts of tartaric acid, citric acid, and other acids. Vinegar has been used since ancient times, and is an important element in Western, European, Asian, and other traditional cuisines of the world.

Culinary uses

Vinegar is commonly used in food preparation, particularly in pickling processes, vinaigrettes, and other salad dressings. It is an ingredient in sauces such as mustard, ketchup, and mayonnaise. Vinegar is sometimes used while making chutneys. It is often used as a condiment. Marinades often contain vinegar.

* Condiment for fish and chips - Britons commonly use malt vinegar (or non-brewed condiment) on chips; it may be used in other territories where British-style fish and chips are served.

* Flavoring for potato chips - many American manufacturers of pre-packaged potato chips/crisps feature a variety flavored with vinegar and salt.

* Condiment for french fries, particularly in the UK, Northeastern United States and universally across Canada (white or malt vinegar).

* Vinegar pie - is a North American dessert made with a vinegar to one's taste.

* Pickling - any vinegar can be used to pickle foods.

* Cider vinegar and sauces - cider vinegar is not usually suitable for use in delicate sauces.

* Substitute for lemon juice - cider vinegar can usually be substituted for lemon juice in recipes and obtain a pleasing effect.

* Saucing roast lamb - pouring cider vinegar over the meat when roasting lamb, especially when combined with honey or when sliced onions have been added to the roasting pan, produces a sauce.

* Sweetened vinegar is used in the dish of Pork Knuckles and Ginger Stew which is made among Chinese people of Cantonese backgrounds to celebrate the arrival of a new child.[8]

* Sushi rice - Japanese use rice vinegar as an essential ingredient for sushi rice.

* Red vinegar - Sometimes used in Chinese soups

[edit] Medicinal uses

Many remedies and treatments have been ascribed to vinegar over millennia in many different cultures. However, few have been verifiable using controlled medical trials and several that are effective to some extent have significant risks and side effects.

[edit] Cholesterol

A scientific study published in 2006 concluded that a test group of rats fed with acetic acid (the main component of vinegar) had "significantly lower values for serum total cholesterol and triacylglycerols", among other health benefits. [9]

[edit] Blood glucose control and diabetic management

Small amounts of vinegar (approx. 20 ml or two tablespoons of domestic vinegar) added to food, or taken along with a meal, have been shown by a number of medical trials to reduce the glycemic index of carbohydrate food for people with and without diabetes.[10][11][12] This has also been expressed as lower glycemic index ratings in the region of 30%.[13][14]

[edit] Diet control

Multiple trials indicate that taking vinegar with food increases satiety (the feeling of fullness) and so reduces the amount of food consumed.[15][16] Even a single application of vinegar can lead to reduced food intake for a whole day.[17]

[edit] Medicinal Uses

Applying vinegar to jellyfish stings deactivates the nematocysts. However, placing the affected areas in hot water is a more effective treatment because the venom is deactivated by heat. The latter requires immersion in 45 degrees Celsius (113 F) water for at least four minutes for the pain to be reduced to less than what would be accomplished using vinegar.[18] However, vinegar should not be applied to Portuguese man o' war stings, since their venom is different and vinegar can actually cause the nematocysts to discharge their venom, making the pain worse.[19]

* Many people used to believe the popular urban myth that vinegar was also a cure to mild to moderate sunburn when soaked on the area with a towel or in a bath much like covering a burn with butter.[citation needed]

* Vinegar is also claimed to be a solution to dandruff, in that the acid in the vinegar kills the fungus Malassezia furfur (formerly known as Pityrosporum ovale) and restores the chemical balance of the skin.[citation needed]

* Apple cider vinegar is used as a household remedy for common warts.[20][21]

* Vinegar can be effective in relieving heartburn. [22]

[edit] Veterinary treatment

Vinegar mixed with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is used in the livestock industry to kill bacteria and viruses before refrigeration storage. A chemical mixture of peracetic acid is formed when acetic acid is mixed with hydrogen peroxide. It is being used in some Asian countries by aerosol sprays for control of pneumonia. A mixture of five-percent acetic acid and three-percent hydrogen peroxide is commonly used.[citation needed]