Fighting Fat With Vinegar

Your Grandma was right. It turns out that the acetic acid found in plain ole’ vinegar is effective in suppressing body fat accumulation.

The Science

Earlier this year, Japanese researchers found that laboratory mice fed a high-fat diet and given acetic acid developed significantly less body fat (up to 10 percent less) than other mice.

Based upon their findings, the scientists believe 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.


Vinegar is cheap, harmless and versatile in the kitchen.

It may also help you metabolize sugars more efficiently, lower blood pressure and lose weight.

What do you have to lose?



  1. Fascinating Doug. I wasn’t aware of the connection. I’ve used vinegar as an appetite suppresant when I’ve dieted. Also as a digestive aid. Add one more function to the arsenal.


  2. I used to drink a bit of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar and water each day, but read somewhere that it can upset your potassium balance? This was a long time ago, sorry I don’t remember exactly what I read. Do you know if that is an okay thing to drink?

  3. Why would you assume it’s the vinegar and not the high-fat diet that results in less body fat?

    While it may be counter-intuitive, diets high in fat are far less likely to result in you becoming fat than diets high in carbohydrates.

  4. I questioned this as well….until I saw the composition of the Experimental “High Fat” Diet


    protein 20.0 % of total energy
    carbohydrate 30.1 % of total energy
    fat 49.9 % of total energy

    Would you consider this diet to be the type of high fat diet shown to improve numerous markers of health?

    I wouldn’t.

    I would consider this diet pretty similar to the diet eaten in most western nations (perhaps with the carb/fat ratios reversed)

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