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American Chemical Society's Weekly Presspac -- June 17, 2009
Date:6/22/2009

Tomoo Kondo and colleagues note in the new study that vinegar has also been used as a folk medicine since ancient times. People have used it for a range of ills. Modern scientific research suggests that acetic acid, the main component of vinegar, may help control blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and fat accumulation.

Their new study showed 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. Importantly, the new research adds evidence to the belief 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.

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"Acetic Acid Upregulates the Expression of Genes for Fatty Acid Oxidation Enzymes in Liver to Suppress body Fat Accumulation"

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Central Research Institute
Mizkan Group Corporation
Handa, Aichi
Japan
Phone: 81-569-24-5128
Fax: 81-569-24-5028
Email: t-kondo@mizkan.co.jp


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No more test tubes on four feet? EPA moves toward animal-free toxicity tests
Chemical & Engineering News

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to switch to a new generation of animal-free tests for predicting the toxicity of chemicals to humans, according to an article scheduled for the June 22 issue of Chemical & Engineering News, ACS' weekly newsmagazine.

C&EN associate editor Britt Erickson points out that there are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market, with
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