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With gut issues on the rise in recent years, fermented foods have garnered a lot of attention for their probiotic potential. If you can find fermented pickles (they’ll be in the refrigerated section, unlike the vinegar-cured pickles on the shelf), drinking the juice might be helpful for alleviating digestive issues. According to Dr. Manoj K. Ahuja of Fortis Hospital, the probiotics in pickle juice “encourage the growth and healthy balance of good bacteria and flora in your gut.” One note: You can get the same benefit from other fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kimchi.
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Pickle juice possesses two potent antioxidant vitamins, C and E. A Spanish study found that these antioxidants can protect against infections caused by bacteria, viruses, and parasites.
Antioxidants are valuable in protecting molecules in the body from damage by free radicals, according to Dr. Ahuja. “The vitamins are also far more readily absorbed in the body due to the acidic content of the pickle juice.”
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According to a study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, pickle juice can help aid in your weight loss goals thanks to the main component in vinegar—which is acetic acid. The researchers found that the acid seems to interfere with the body’s ability to digest starch. This interference results in less starch being broken down into calories in the bloodstream.
An animal study, published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, concluded that rats fed acetic acid were more resistant to obesity than rats who did not consume the acid.