As summer approaches, 

I see an increasing number of friends signing up for gyms and paying special attention to their weight. Working out is indeed important for one to lose weight. However, one has to remember that without changing eating habits, diet will never work. This week's newsletter is focused on one of the tips, the vinegar diet, which is reported to improve our blood sugar (glycemic control). Can vinegar really be considered a health food? Let's find it out.

 

A report published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) in the Journal of Food Science shows that

certain types of vinegar could actually offer significant health benefits. 

In fact, this is good news for people who love consuming balsamic, sherry and red wine vinegars on salads and other forms of vinegar.

 

 

According to the studies cited in the above-mentioned article, vinegar is rich in antioxidants (just like Biocera Antioxidant Alkaline Water!), which could reduce accelerated aging and even slow the development of certain cancers or degenerative brain disorders. It is vinegar's antibacterial properties that have the ability to reduce the effects of diabetes, and its contribution to improved cardiovascular health and blood pressure. (*Vinegar is also said to help athletes recuperate after intense physical effort.) Moreover, individuals who consume certain types of vinegar on a daily basis have been shown to have lower appetites: a finding that could be applied when developing weight loss plans for obese patients.

 

 

According to Philippine Daily Inquirer, vinegar can also avoid brain spikes by lowering the blood sugar levels. This is because adding only four teaspoon of vinegar to a meal depresses blood sugar by 30 percent. Also, mixing one teaspoon of vinegar with potatoes lowers glycemic index. Include lemon juice, orange and grape juice, apple cider, red wine vinegar and natural vinegar to your meals.

Further research is needed to validate any claims on vinegar's health benefits in the future and overconsumption is not good in any cases, but it is worth trying! I am writing this newsletter with a glass of vinegar with biocera A.A Water. Let's see how this works in a few months.