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: Rice chemist wins 'Nobel Prize of Cyprus'

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

Rice chemist wins 'Nobel Prize of Cyprus'

9 hours ago

Rice University organic chemist K.C. Nicolaou has earned three prestigious international honors, including the Nemitsas Prize, the highest honor a Cypriot scientist can receive and one of the most prestigious ...

Bamboo pale Ale beer from modern craft brewery

Aug 14, 2014

In order to be a novel alternative in the industry of microbreweries in Mexico, a young entrepreneur opted for the manufacture and marketing of a beer made from bamboo, first of its kind in the country and ...

Coffee withdrawal

Aug 14, 2014

Coffee: It leaves some people feeling fit and refreshed; in others, it makes their heart race. Scientists have developed several decaffeination processes to allow even people who react badly to caffeine to ...

User comments : 0