This morning my mother came across an interesting article she found in our local paper. It was about the use of white vinegar in type 2 diabetics to reduce the rate at which carbs are absorbed into the blood. It didn't explain the exact mechanism, but somehow having about a tablespoon (20 mL) of white vinegar prior to a meal reduced the glycemic response by 30% in T2 diabetics in a single study by slowing digestion of carbs. I searched for some literature on it's use with T1 diabetics, but haven't found anything. Just thought I'd share in case anyone is interested in trying it out!
Hey! I know the researcher that actually did that work, or at least she did work similar to it. I wonder if she's referring to the same exact study. Do you know if the study done at Arizona State University?
I don't actually - the newspaper article didn't actually list the title (blah). That would be pretty cool though.
I've tried it and actually have noticed a difference, so thank her if it is! lol
I read about this in the New York Times in November. Here's the article:
REALLY?; THE CLAIM: Vinegar can help lower blood sugar levels.
THE FACTSThanksgiving marks the start of a season that poses particular hazards for people with diabetes and others who are sensitive to the blood-sugar spikes that can follow big meals.
But several studies have revealed a possible way to reduce the impact of a carb-laden dish: add a little vinegar. Doing so seems to help slow the absorption of sugar from a meal into the bloodstream, apparently because vinegar helps block digestive enzymes that convert carbohydrates into sugar.
One study by Italian researchers showed, for example, that when healthy subjects consumed about 4 teaspoons (20 milliliters) of white vinegar as a salad dressing with a meal that included white bread with a little less than 2 ounces (50 grams) of carbohydrates, there was a 30 percent reduction in their glycemic response, or rise in blood sugar, compared with subjects who had salad with a dressing made from neutralized vinegar.
In 2004, a study published in Diabetes Care, a journal of the American Diabetes Association, found similar effects in people with diabetes or insulin resistance who consumed a vinegar solution or placebo before a carb-heavy meal.
Nothing replaces increased physical activity and portion control, said Sue McLaughlin, a spokeswoman for the diabetes association. But people with diabetes might find it worth a try, she said, to consume two similar meals -- one with vinegar, and another without -- and compare their effect on blood sugar.
THE BOTTOM LINE Studies suggest that adding vinegar to a meal may reduce its impact on blood sugar.
Thanks,I had read something a while back about this and thought it was only for type2.Plan to try and add this into my daughter's diet,just might work.