The Positive Effect of Apple Cider Vinegar on Blood Sugar
Numerous studies have shown that vinegar can help lower your blood sugar, even after a high-carb meal.
In one recent example, researchers assembled a small group of subjects. One-third of them had been diagnosed with diabetes, one-third were pre-diabetic, and one-third had normal blood sugar. The subjects all drank either two tablespoons of Apple Cider vinegar or a placebo prior to eating a high-carb breakfast. A week later, the same subjects had the same breakfast, but with the opposite drink. The researchers measured their blood sugar and compared the results.
What they found was that all the subjects had lower levels of blood sugar when they drank the vinegar. The blood glucose levels of those who were pre-diabetic were reduced by almost 50 percent in the first hour after the meal (as compared to when they drank the placebo). Those with diabetes saw their blood sugar levels drop by 25 percent - results as good as or better than what can be expected from Metaformin, a popular diabetes drug that can induce unpleasant side effects.)
Not too interested in slurping down a couple of tablespoons of sour vinegar? Not a problem. Even dressing a side salad with vinegar and olive oil will do the trick. Researchers have found that just about any food with vinegar can produce a similar effect. In a Swedish study, for instance, pickles slowed the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, while cucumbers did not.