The Diabetic Diet: Vinegar
Vinegar has surprising benefits on blood sugar control in people with diabetes
Apple cider vinegar is a perfect addition to any diabetic diet.
Researchers studying the effects of vinegar on people with diabetes have found that two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (mixed with water and a noncaloric sweetener) reduced glucose and insulin response when taken just before a high-carbohydrate meal consisting of a bagel and orange juice.
In fact, vinegar worked just as well as diabetes drugs and reduced the usual blood sugar surge in people with diabetes and insulin resistance (pre-diabetes) by 25 and 50 percent, respectively, and improving insulin sensitivity 19 and 34 percent.
Aside from its unpleasant taste, vinegar has no adverse effects and costs considerably less than most conventional treatments.
In a follow-up study, the lead researcher instructed volunteers to take two tablespoons of vinegar before two of their daily meals for four weeks. During that time, they lost an average of two pounds, and some lost up to four (weight didn’t budge in the control group). This lead reasearcher speculated that vinegar may interfere with enzymes that break down carbohydrates, allowing carbohydrates to pass through the body without being absorbed.
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