Condiments like balsamic vinegar are a likely staple for your homemade salads, but have you stopped to think if balsamic vinegar has syns on the plan? Or is this vinegar syn-free?
Balsamic vinegar does have syns on the SW plan, having around 1 syn per tablespoon, we, therefore, suggest using this dressing in moderation.
We've discussed in our short syn guide below why balsamic vinegar has syns, syn values of different balsamic vinegar and some low syn vinegar-based dressing alternatives.
At 1 syn a tablespoon, Balsamic vinegar is low in syns, you could have up to 15 tablespoons before using all your 15 syn daily allowance. Still, some people are surprised to learn that this vinegar has any syns at all on the SW plan since white vinegar is syn-free.
Balsamic vinegar gets its syns from the sugar content, hence why it tastes so sweet, for example, a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar from Tesco can have up to 4g of sugar! Balsamic glazes also tend to be higher in sugar and syns, be careful when mixing your dressings with oil since this can add a lot of syns (check the syns in olive oil here).
To save syns we suggest opting for a fat-free vinaigrette, we have a great syn list here.
Balsamic vinegar has different syns according to how it is made and any other added ingredients, to help you compare syns, we've listed some general types and values below.
If you find balsamic vinegar to be too high in sugar and you are looking for some low-syn alternatives to dress your salad with, we have a few more options below.
Overall, balsamic vinegar is low in syns, having around 1 syn a tablespoon, but this vinegar can be higher in syns if it's a glaze, the sugar content is what makes this vinegar higher in calories. We recommend using this condiment in moderation and measuring it to be on the safe side.
If you are interested in the syns in other kinds of salad dressings, check out our ultimate salad dressing syn guide here.