Lemon and water help lower sugar level?

By noel7 Latest Reply 2014-01-21 11:09:11 -0600
Started 2008-07-20 08:11:49 -0500

I was told lemon and water is good for lowering sugar level.Also eating a pickle at night? Just want to know.

7 replies

Rita 2008-07-22 09:33:26 -0500 Report

i use lemon-water to, to help curb my appetite. I found this article, maybe it will give some guidelines about lemon-winegar.

According to glycemic index guru Jennie Brand-Miller and her co-authors in What Makes my Blood Glucose Go Up… and Down?, lemon juice (probably lime juice, too) and other highly acidic substances slow down stomach emptying, which moderates blood sugar spiking. They say studies have shown that vinegar or lemon juice as part of a salad dressing, consumed with a "mixed" meal, has significant blood glucose lowering effects. Their example: 4 teaspoons of vinegar and 8 teaspoons of oil lowered blood sugar response to an average meal by 30 percent.

Source: Brand-Miller, J, K Foster-Powell and R Mendosa. 2003. What Makes My Blood Glucose Go Up… and Down? And 101 Other Frequently Asked Questions About Your Blood Glucose Levels. New York: Marlowe & Co.

Elfin 2008-07-20 22:31:26 -0500 Report

Hi, I'm not sure whether lemon juice can be interchanged for vinegar, but it sure would taste better.LOL Lemons have ascorbic acid and vinegar has asetic acid. I take vinegar with every meal (about 3 tablespoons per day) and that along with cinnamon has helped stabilize my blood glucose.
I don't know if it is just being acidic that makes the vinegar work or if it is specifically the ascetic acid.
So…(oh where have I heard this before?)…you have to try it yourself…start drinking water with lemon regularly and see if your average BG either goes down or stabilizes. If it does, you have found a new tool. If it doesn't, try doing the same with vinegar. As always, we are each individual in our response to certain foods.:-)I guess if I had a theme song it would have as it's refrain "O, nobody else can do it for me, I have to do it by myself" (Be glad you can't hear me sing that…I can't carry a tune in a bucket!) May God bless you and help you understand yourself.

a44569 2014-01-21 11:09:11 -0600 Report

I found your post while looking up info on lemon juice effects on blood glucose on Google. Your comments were very informative :) I wanted to ask if you use regular vinegar or apple cider vinegar? I had read much info on the benefits of taking apple cider vinegar daily, including that it somehow helps people lose weight. There have been a few books written about it. I didn't know that vinegar lowers blood glucose so that may help explain how it would aid with weight loss.

GabbyPA 2008-07-20 08:47:56 -0500 Report

I often wondered about lemon and if it would act similarly to vinegar. It certainly would taste better. LOL I would imagine the pickle would be due to the vinegar, but you have to watch the salt. I like to wrap a small kosher dill in some lunch meat for a nite-time snack and my morning tests are usually better than if I eat some kind of carb.

butterfly_8 2008-07-20 15:18:26 -0500 Report

I often put lemon in my water for drinking. I know that it is very refreshing. If it is in any way of help with controlling blood sugar I will do it all the time in the future.

DiabetesDiva 2008-07-20 08:22:22 -0500 Report

I've never heard of this, maybe it has something to do with the acid in lemons and the pickling process. I do have a vegan friend that drinks hot water and lemon. I love lemon in my water anyway.


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