How can vinegar help manage diabetes?

There is some evidence that vinegar may keep blood sugar levels from rising as high as they normally would after a meal, especially after a high-carbohydrate meal. This has been determined through preliminary research, however, so there are no official recommendations about the use of vinegar to control blood sugar. Consider vinegar a good seasoning to add to your meal, which may have a little extra benefit in terms of blood sugar control.
Janis Jibrin, MS, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
Something that might help manage diabetes, and costs mere pennies per dose, is vinegar. Vinegar and other acids lower the glycemic index of foods, and research from the University of Arizona suggests that 2 tablespoons of vinegar taken with meals can reduce the post-meal blood sugar spike in people with diabetes. As an added bonus, the same amount of vinegar can also increase satiety, resulting in fewer calories eaten.
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