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Vinegar: A Sour Dressing with Sweet Health Rewards

oil and vinegarI credit my German heritage for my love of lip-puckering sour foods. I like anything pickled, mustards, horseradish, and I love vinegar on salads.

Apple cider vinegar has long been a folk remedy for many ailments, many of which are unproven or have been disproved. But some studies have shown that it may help with diabetes and obesity.

Even your standard table vinegar that’s used on salads is showing signs of being a fat fighter. It appears to turn on genes that produce proteins that help the body break down fats, according to Japanese researchers. The research has also suggested that acetic acid, the main chemical in vinegar, can help control blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

Researchers found that mice developed less body fat – as much as 10 percent less – than the mice that didn’t get the vinegar compound acetic acid. And all of the mice were fed a high-fat diet.

(via: WebMD)

June 30th, 2009

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