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Moromi vinegar said to contain secret of health

Date Posted: 2002-09-28

Okinawa’s favorite tipple awamori is distilled from Thai rice. After distilling, the refuse mash was usually thrown away or fed to pigs. Then someone took a closer look at the pigs that had eaten the lees. They were not only very happy and healthy; they had also almost not fat in their meat. A closer look showed that the lees contained a load of vitamins and minerals. When the lees was filtered, and bottled, the result is a drink called Moromi, a vinegar that has taken the nation by storm as a health drink.

The demand is so strong that many shops have run out of stock with tourists from mainland grabbing all they can get their hands on. Some distillers say that the volume they sell Moromi is now larger than the amount of awamori they produce.Some of the benefits accorded to moromi are reduced blood sugar level, lower cholesterol readings, and it is touted even helping to burn body fat.According to Japan Food Analysis Center study, Moromi contains plenty of vitamins B1, B2 and B6, minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium and amino acids. It is also rich in citric acids.

Moromi does not contain any alcohol. The recommended intake is one small cup a day.According to Kunihiko Iha, the chief of the Reach and Development Section at Tropical Techno Center in Gushikawa City, the effective ingredients in Moromi are ferulic acid and G hydroxyl acid that increase the alkalinity of the blood. The citric acids in Moromi help the body to burn fat more effectively.Iha recently presented his study of Moromi vinegar at a medical congress in Miyagi prefecture.Moromi vinegar is currently available at Okinawa Market on Chuo Park Avenue. The cost is ¥2,500 for a 720cc bottle. Their telephone number is 921-2052.

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