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The Vinegar Institute
May’s National Vinegar Month Highlights the Many Uses of Vinegar

(May 2012) ATLANTA– From cooking to cleaning and a myriad of other uses, vinegar has earned a premier reputation as a must-have household item. May is National Vinegar Month. The Vinegar Institute, an international trade association representing the vast majority of vinegar manufacturers and bottlers and suppliers to the industry, encourages you to discover the many uses of vinegar.

When cooking, a dash or two of vinegar is the perfect solution to add zest to a dish or to balance out flavors. Each variety of vinegar offers its own distinct flavor and appeal. The varieties of vinegar used in cooking include favorites such as: apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, rice vinegar, white wine vinegar and white distilled vinegar. Many vinegar infusions can be created with fresh herbs or fruits for endless flavor possibilities.

Cleaning with vinegar can help to save time and money. White distilled vinegar is a cost-effective, all-in-one cleaner that can be used in all rooms of the house. An online survey conducted by The Vinegar Institute found that cleaning and disinfecting are the second most popular uses for white distilled vinegar next to food preparation uses. Vinegar can be used to remove laundry stains or set colors. Vinegar is also great to clean the oven, shine windows, polish metal and even banish mildew.

Not only does vinegar help around the house, it also can be used to manage blood glucose levels. Eating foods that are high in starch, such as bread and rice, causes surges in blood glucose. These high levels of blood glucose have been linked to increased cardiovascular disease risk in healthy populations and can also increase complications among those with Type 2 diabetes. According to research from Arizona State University, consuming small amounts of vinegar – 1 to 2 tablespoons – before your meal can reduce these high levels of glucose. As always, consult your doctor about any health issues that you may be experiencing or before you begin any nutrition program.

To learn more about all things vinegar, visit The Vinegar Institute website.

About The Vinegar Institute
Established in 1955, The Vinegar Institute is an international trade association representing the vast majority of vinegar manufacturers and bottlers, as well as suppliers to the industry. The primary mission of the Institute is to raise awareness of the industry and ensure the highest quality vinegar to consumers. Members manufacture a range of vinegar varieties including white distilled, apple cider, balsamic, red wine, white wine, malt and rice vinegar. For more information, visit

The uses and tips described in this press release were drawn from a variety of sources, including consumers, articles and other published sources. These uses and tips have not been tested or documented by, and are not endorsed by, the Institute or its members.

Jacqueline Petty, APR
The Vinegar Institute
404-252-3663, ext. 2969