GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) - Have you heard the one about balsamic vinegar and belly fat? Well it is known that balsamic vinegar can give you great taste without all the calories but research has shown that it can also help us to lose that pesky belly fat.
The acetic acid in vinegar helps to slow the passage of food from the stomach into the intestines, giving you a feeling of fullness longer. Vinegar eaten with carbohydrates keeps blood sugar from spiking, which prevents a "sugar crash" a few hours later. Japanese researchers found that acetic acid found in balsamic vinegar activates certain genes that cause your body to store less fat around the waist and instead help it be distributed more evenly around the body.
Now some info on Balsamic - Great balsamic can age up to 100 years or older. The longer they age, the better the flavor. In ancient days they saw balsamic as valuable not only for food, but for healing and as a natural pain reliever, antibacterial, great to aid in digestion by stimulating the pepsin enzyme, natural product for acid reflux, appetite suppressant - it also helps with belly fat.
There is only 10 calories per Tbsp. and Research supports 5 tsp. a day to increase insulin sensitivity, which is great news for diabetics. It is a natural ant-inflammatory, fights cancer - the grapes contain bioflavonoids, which strengthen the immune system against diseases, full of vitamins and antioxidants, which destroy the free radicals that cause premature aging and hardening of the arteries.
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