Vinegar can help reduce body fat, study shows


Vinegar can help reduce the amount of fat accumulated around internal organs, experiments by Mizkan Central Research Institute have shown.

The experiments, the results of which are being presented at a meeting of the Japan Society of Nutrition and Food Science in Nagasaki this week, were conducted on 175 men and women with a BMI of 25-30, classed as “overweight.” The test subjects were instructed to avoid heavy exercise and drink an apple vinegar-based drink twice a day for 12 weeks.

Subsequent abdominal CT scans revealed changes in the distribution of fat. In those that consumed 30 milliliters of the drink a day — containing 1,500 milligrams of acetic acid — fat areas decreased by an average of 6.72 square centimeters, with waistlines down 1.85 centimeters. Those that drank 15 milliliters a day also saw reductions, while control subjects who weren’t given the vinegar drink saw no change.

Also, those drinking the vinegar beverage saw a drop in blood neutral fat of between 28.2-42 milligrams per deciliter.

The team is now working to determine how acetic acid works to reduce body fat.

I sometimes drink the brine of pickled peppers. It is very hot but is basically made of vinegar, salt, pepper, water and spices. I don’t know about the fat but does wash the stomach well. It has a great bite to it. I think they should made a vodka and brine cocktail and it will sell well.

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