Definition

Acetic acid, otherwise known as ethanoic acid or vinegar, is a ubiquitous acid present in plants and animals. This compound is used in a diluted form in cooking and baking, as well as in industrial settings and as a natural pesticide.

Health considerations

Acetic acid, isolated from various foods and forms of vinegar, has been shown to reduce the glycemic effect of food, increase insulin sensitivity, reduce cholesterol, and reduce blood pressure. It also has antioxidant and antitumor effects. 

May be found in

Vinegars, sauces, dressings, condiments, mayonnaise, pickled foods

References

Encyclopaedia Britannica
Pubmed

Alternative spellings and names

EcoClear, Ethanoic acid, vinegar, E260

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