Flush Fat Fast. That’s the title of the episode of the Dr. Oz show that I watched yesterday. I don’t know when it aired originally because I have lots of episodes of the show saved in my DVR so I can watch them at my leisure. I love the show. I liked when he used to appear on Oprah and I would look forward to his little health segments. I think he’s a knowledgeable doctor, I like the way he explains medical terms so the average person understands them. I like the way his show has evolved into using fun ways to get health topics across. And I like the way some of the things he presents get me to rethink my health habits or get me to try new, healthy things. But unfortunately, like all of us, Dr. Oz is not perfect. He’s been wrong before. He’s admitted as much on the show. Sometimes, he’ll get behind some new idea or trend and he’ll advocate for it until he realizes it’s not the best choice and he’ll let you know.
The show called Flush Fat Fast was about sharing tips on getting your body to expel fat from the foods you’ve eaten so you don’t add to your fat stores, as well as to break down the fat stores you already have (and are ready to not have any more)
One of the tips was “Drink 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, 3 times daily, after each meal.”
My mom likes Dr. Oz too so I called her and shared the tip with her and when I told her white vinegar, she asked if I meant Apple Cider Vinegar? And that’s when I realized what I was saying. How could white … Which usually means over-processed or nutrient-less when we talk about food (think white flour, white bread, white sugar)… How could white be better?
So I went to my kitchen. Because the cooking aficionado that I am, I have all types of vinegar in my pantry. 🙂 These are just the 3 that I am using for comparison.
Heinz makes white vinegar and apple cider vinegar. Both do the same thing. They’re both diluted to 5% acidity. But while the apple cider vinegar is produced from apples, white vinegar is produced from corn.
I don’t know about you but I feel like I am all corned out. There is corn in almost very processed food you buy, whether as a starch, a sweetener or as a filler. So if I have to drink vinegar, I would rather opt for the fruit-product than another grain derivative.
But maybe drinking the 2 tbsp of vinegar after the meal is not about nutrients, it’s just as a fat-binder, in which case you might want to choose the almost nutrient-free corn product. Maybe.
Going back to the Nice product, the Walgreens/Duane Reade Store brand. I twisted the bottle, looked under it, on the cap, peered into the liquid to see if there was something printed on the inside of the label. And I finally realized. There is no ingredient list on the product. How can a chemical substance be sold as a food product in America without having an ingredient label on it? Strange. Except that vinegar has many common household applications
Pour it on crumpled newspaper and use it to clean your mirrors and windows instead of Windex.
Pour it down the drain because it binds organic wastes and unclogs the sink.
Dilute the vinegar even further to wash vegetables and fruits, to remove the waxy coating or bacteria from produce being handled.
But do you want to drink the same stuff you use to unclog your sink?
Apple cider vinegar is produced from fermenting apples. White vinegar can be made naturally by fermenting corn or made chemically by fermenting water and ethanol (a petroleum product) with acetic acid bacteria.
If you’re going to use white vinegar, look on the label to see if it’s a corn product. If it doesn’t say, maybe move on to another brand.
In Jamaica, we use white vinegar to pickle peppers and onions and splash a spoonful on our meals for added flavor. It’s a common practice to go into any Jamaica kitchen or restaurant and see a bottle of vinegar-preserved peppers and carrots and onions like this on a table.
This idea of vinegar helping to flush fat might be why my countrypeople are so trim. Ever heard the saying “Eat like your grandparents?” I just might have to do that!
My next phone call will be to my mom to send me a bottle of this pickled pepper from Jamaica so I can start flushing my fat fast.
Have a great day and remember to Eat Right, Live Right and RUNWRIGHT!