Shop with the Doc: Balsamic Vinegar

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- When you whip up a salad, all it took was a light drizzle to give your dinner a punch.

"It tastes good," said Dr. Pete Sulack, America's Leading Stress Expert. "It's actually going to make your salads and vegetables taste better."

It's tasty and good for you.

The rich, syrup-like substance is called balsamic vinegar.

"Balsamic vinegar comes from the word balm, which in Italian is a healing medicine," said Dr. Pete.

He added it's much more than a healing medicine.

"Not only is it a low calorie dressing, half the calories of the typical dressings out there, but it's rich in acetic acid," said Dr. Pete.

According to Dr. Pete, acetic acid can help you stay full longer and he said studies have proven it can help with fat accumulation.

"So if you want to lose weight, you want to normalize your blood sugar, the acetic acid is something that you want to incorporate on a regular basis," said Dr. Pete.

He said another benefit was the resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant that can help fight aging.

"It's a powerful antioxidant that's great for decreasing aging and helping cellular repair," said Dr. Pete.

He added some balsamic vinegar bottles on the shelves are watered down, so you want to make sure you choose a kind that is thick, like a syrup. He said that kind was richest in acetic acid and resveratrol.

He suggested trying balsamic vinegar from a place like The Tree and Vine in Downtown Knoxville that has the purest and healthiest kind.

"You're not getting all the industrial vinegar," said Dr. Pete. "You're not getting the ones that have all the fillers, that are kinda watered down. You're gonna get the real thing."

It's all about moderation. You shouldn't go through a bottle too quickly. He said a little bit will go a long way.

For all the parents, this could actually help your children enjoy their vegetables.

"My kids will only eat brussels sprout if they're drizzled with a little bit of balsamic vinegar," said Dr. Pete.

Try drizzling balsamic vinegar on your salad as a dressing or on your vegetables before you roast them. You can even use it as a marinade for your meats.