Of the many purported health benefits of vinegar, there are few with as much scientific backing as the claim that vinegar can keep blood sugar in check. For diabetics there seems to be a regulating effect that can keep blood sugar low particularly in the mornings.
The American Diabetes Association reports researchers
who gave people with type-2 diabetes vinegar at bedtime saw a marked change in their fasting glucose levels. The study had a small sample, but was able to show the potential of vinegar to have a good effect on blood sugar levels. Since vinegar is cheap and widely available, it seems to be a promising home remedy. The study was published in the Journal of Diabetes Research in 2015.
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Other research has backed up these findings. A 2005 study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that vinegar
lowered blood sugar as well as insulin responses in healthy volunteers. After eating a meal of white bread with vinegar, subjects experienced “an inverse dose-response relation between the level of acetic acid and glucose and insulin responses.”
Another 2015 study found that vinegar
helped increase the glucose uptake and decrease triglycerides. This research points to the potential benefit of vinegar to not only lower blood sugar, but also help improve insulin resistance.
A 2014 study looked at the effect of honey vinegar
syrup on blood sugar, which might make the vinegar home-remedy more palatable. Bad news out of this study, the honey vinegar syrup seemed to have no effect on blood sugar and possibly raised cholesterol levels.
Vinegar is high in acetic acid. The Vinegar Institute explains vinegar
is most often used in condiments or as a preservative in foods. Vinegar can be made from any food that contains sugar. There are many types throughout the world.
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