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Vinegar Slims
and Trims
Yoga’s Mindfulness
G
ood old-fashioned vinegar, an
indispensible ingredient in zesty
Helps Control Weight
salad dressings and tangy pickles, is
living up to its age-old reputation in
N
ew, long-term research by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center shows
folk medicine as a health promoter. Ac-
that middle-aged people who practice yoga gained less weight over a 10-year
cording to researchers with the Central
period than those who did not, independent of other physical activity and changes
Research Institute of the Mizkan Group
in dietary habits. The difference is that yoga teaches mindful eating.
Corporation, in Japan, this kitchen
The researchers found that people who were aware of why they ate and
staple is a natural fat fighter that might
stopped eating when satisfied weighed less than those who ate without that aware-
help us control our weight.
ness. Yoga cultivates mindfulness in a number of ways, starting with being able to
The researchers showed that mice
hold a challenging pose. A practitioner’s ability to be calm and observant during
fed a high-fat diet and given acetic acid
physical discomfort teaches how to maintain calm in other challenging situations
developed up to 10 percent less body
as well, such as declining to eat when we’re not hungry or
fat than the control group; acetic acid
eating extra food when it tastes especially good. Satisfac-
is the main component found in all vin-
tion also comes in awareness of how food looks, tastes
egars. The study results also suggested
and smells.
that vinegar slenderizes by turning on
The researchers concluded that mindfulness appears
genes which produce specific proteins
to be a state that can augment the usual approaches to
that break down fatty acids in the body,
weight loss, such as counting calories, limiting portion
thereby preventing fat accumulation
size and not eating when emotionally upset or depressed.
and weight gain.
Adding yoga practice to a standard weight-loss program
may both make it more effective and promote eating be-
Source: Journal of Agricultural and
havior that is healthy and empowering.
Food Chemistry, 2009
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