According to the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University, vinegar was found to contain blood sugar lowering effect especially when taken before meals. Dr Carol S. Johnstom Ph.D, professor and director of the nutrition program explains that vinegar helps to slow down the digestion of starch and carbohydrates in the stomach. It helps to spread out the release of glucose over a longer period of time and hence prevents spikes in blood glucose levels immediately after a meal. In fact, a mere one or two tablespoons of vinegar when taken prior to every meal can reduce the rise in blood sugar levels by almost forty percent.
For diabetics who cannot stand the taste of pure vinegar, you may still reap the benefits of it by adding it to your food. Splash vinegar on your salads, soups or try to sneak some in while cooking a meal somehow. We know how easy this may sound, nevertheless, it is important to use vinegar with care and caution. Vinegar is not an excuse to go overboard on carbs and excessive vinegar intake may lead to hypoglycemia.