New evidence that vinegar may be natural fat-fighter

Jun 19, 2009
Found in many salad dressings, pickles, and other foods, vinegar could help prevent accumulation of body fat and weight gain, scientists report. Credit: Wikipedia Commons.

Researchers in Japan are reporting new evidence that the ordinary vinegar -- a staple in oil-and-vinegar salad dressings, pickles, and other foods -- may live up to its age-old reputation in folk medicine as a health promoter. They are reporting new evidence that vinegar can help prevent accumulation of body fat and weight gain. Their study is scheduled for the July 8 issue of ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Tomoo Kondo and colleagues note in the new study that has also been used as a folk medicine since ancient times. People have used it for a range of ills. Modern scientific research suggests that acetic acid, the main component of vinegar, may help control blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and fat accumulation.

Their new study showed that laboratory mice fed a high-fat diet and given acetic acid developed significantly less (up to 10 percent less) than other mice. Importantly, the new research adds evidence to the belief that acetic acid fights fat by turning on genes for fatty acid oxidation enzymes. The genes churn out proteins involved in breaking down fats, thus suppressing body fat accumulation in the body.

More information: , “Acetic Acid Upregulates the Expression of Genes for Fatty Acid Oxidation Enzymes in Liver to Suppress body Fat Accumulation”

Provided by American Chemical Society (news : web)

Explore further: Rooting out horse-meat fraud in the wake of a recent food scandal

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Apple Cider Vinegar? Or Just Acid?

Apr 27, 2006

Advertisements in magazines and on the Internet offer what seems like a simple remedy for a range of health problems - apple cider vinegar tablets. But University of Arkansas researchers have found that some of these tablets ...

Purple pigments and obesity

Feb 11, 2008

Scientists in Arkansas are reporting new evidence that natural pigments responsible for the beautiful blue/purple/reddish color of certain fruits and vegetables may help prevent obesity. Their animal study, ...

Hormone discovery points to benefits of 'home grown' fat

Sep 18, 2008

A hormone found at higher levels when the body produces its own "home grown" fat comes with considerable metabolic benefits, according to a report in the September 19th issue of the journal Cell, a Cell Press publication. The ne ...

Waistline growth on high-carb diets linked to liver gene

Dec 04, 2007

Experts have been warning for years that foods loaded with high-fructose corn syrup and other processed carbohydrates are making us fatter. Now, a University of Wisconsin-Madison study has uncovered the genetic basis for ...

Recommended for you

A refined approach to proteins at low resolution

22 hours ago

Membrane proteins and large protein complexes are notoriously difficult to study with X-ray crystallography, not least because they are often very difficult, if not impossible, to crystallize, but also because ...

Base-pairing protects DNA from UV damage

Sep 19, 2014

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich researchers have discovered a further function of the base-pairing that holds the two strands of the DNA double helix together: it plays a crucial role in protecting ...

Smartgels are thicker than water

Sep 19, 2014

Transforming substances from liquids into gels plays an important role across many industries, including cosmetics, medicine, and energy. But the transformation process, called gelation, where manufacturers ...

Separation of para and ortho water

Sep 18, 2014

(Phys.org) —Not all water is equal—at least not at the molecular level. There are two versions of the water molecule, para and ortho water, in which the spin states of the hydrogen nuclei are different. ...

User comments : 0