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The claim has been around for a long time, that apple cider vinegar works miracles for blood sugar. What’s the real story? Does apple cider vinegar lower blood glucose levels? Is apple cider vinegar treatment for diabetes? Watch and see.
What’s the research?
There has been some research done on apple cider vinegar, but the studies were either on rats or on a very small number of human participants to make any conclusions. Those studies found a lower blood sugar effect after consuming 1.5 – 2 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with a cup of water with meals saw small reductions in blood sugar levels.
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While there is no risk in using apple cider vinegar as part of your meal because it contains no carbohydrates or calories, there are some things we need to watch out for.
Use caution for those home remedy websites and recommendations of preparing an apple cider beverage with honey. Honey is a concentrated sweet and will raise your blood sugar reading. If you are using apple cider vinegar, definitely dilute it in water because of its acidity; it can irritate your gastrointestinal tract from the enamel on your teeth to your stomach.
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The biggest negative side effect relates to your expectation. The study findings are not strong enough to make the claim that apple cider vinegar will help lower blood sugar levels for all people with diabetes. And the effect on blood sugar cannot be significant enough to call apple cider vinegar an actual treatment for diabetes.
Be careful of quick fixes for diabetes management. The literature clearly recommends eating a balanced diet of complex carbohydrates, lean protein, and healthy fats along with physical activity because that’s what really works.
Until next time, here’s to your health.
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