What Can Vinegar Do for Diabetes?

By lifedriver Latest Reply 2012-09-10 16:40:57 -0500
Started 2011-12-11 15:47:02 -0600

You may want to consider using a liberal hand with the vinegar bottle next time you make salad dressing. Consuming apple cider vinegar at bedtime may have a positive effect on the waking blood sugar of Type 2 diabetics, according to a recent study from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

For her research, Carol Johnston, Ph.D, a professor and director of the nutrition program at Arizona State, and her colleagues focused on 11 diabetics who ranged in age from 40 to 72. Nearly three-fourths of the individuals were taking medications during the study period, though none were on insulin.

The participants recorded their food intake and their fasting blood glucose levels for three days before the study began. They all followed a standardized meal plan for two days during which they consumed water and an ounce of cheese, or two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and an ounce of cheese before bedtime.

Each of the participants got both treatments, and there was a "washout" period of three to five days in between the two treatments. The researchers found that the vinegar-cheese combination was helpful in maintaining normal blood sugar levels, especially in the diabetics whose fasting blood sugar was over 130 mg. In these participants, the fasting blood sugar was reduced by some 6 percent.

Johnston cautions that this study is small, and says more research is needed on the topic. Meanwhile, she says, diabetics should not discontinue their meds and start consuming large quantities of vinegar.

"Diabetics need to do what their doctors tell them," Johnston says. "They should definitely continue to take their medications."

She says pre-diabetics may benefit the most from consuming apple cider vinegar.

Whether or not future research studies corroborate the Arizona State vinegar findings, there's no harm in including more vinegar in the diet, says Adee Rasabi, RD, CDE, CDN, senior dietitian of the Ambulatory Care Network at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. "Vinegar offers flavor without the calories," she says. "It can be very good for weight control when used in a salad dressing, provided that you don't overdo it on the oil."

She likes using balsamic vinegar because it has a more mellow taste than cider vinegar.

Johnston, on the other hand, prefers white wine vinegar. "It's less astringent than cider vinegar," she says. "It's very smooth."

Whether you choose balsamic, white wine, or cider vinegar, you can add an extra splash by:

Using it as a dip for bread, the way you would olive oil. "Dip or rub your bread into vinegar," Johnston says.
Putting vinegar on the table just as you would any other condiment. "It's so flavorful and easy to use on food," Johnston says. "It increases the flavor of the food you eat."
Making homemade dressings (but go easy on the oil.) Most dressings have two thirds oil to one third vinegar. Concoct a healthier version by whipping up a dressing that has two thirds vinegar to one third olive oil. Add little extras, like mustard or fresh herbs, to taste. As always…LIVE

11 replies

Young1s 2011-12-11 16:12:09 -0600 Report

I use white, apple or balsamic in only a couple of recipes that I make. Otherwise, it is mainly used as a salad dressing. I did try some rice wine vinegar once with a chinese food recipe that I made but I can't remember whether I liked it or not. Never heard of champaigne vinegar though.

watson4042 2011-12-12 13:48:46 -0600 Report

rice wine vinegar is very smooth with a slighlt sweet taste. when i was doing jenny craig i had to eat 2 heads of lettuce a week and using the rice wine vinegar made it taste very good. i keep some on hand at all times.

Caroltoo 2011-12-11 16:26:27 -0600 Report

I hadn't either until recently. Saw some on Safeway's shelf and thought I'd give it a try. It is very smooth and doesn't have the same bite as the apple cider vinegar.

Young1s 2011-12-11 23:14:59 -0600 Report

Thanks Carol. Good to know. I love getting new and interesting cooking ideas.

Sorry about posting this anonymously before. I occassionally swipe the box when I am sending reponses through my phone.

Caroltoo 2011-12-11 15:54:05 -0600 Report

I use balsamic vinegar as my salad dressing. I my ration of olive oil to cook.

I eat cucumbers in champayne vinegar which is even smoother than the white wine vinegar in the study. If this is too tart, a sprinkle of stevia makes it more of a sweet/sour flavor.

Interesting connection because last night I ate cucumbers w/vinegar as my snack and I awakened with my BG at 98, down from 105 the previous morning.