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Vinegar Helps Postprandial Blood Sugar In Study

By September 12, 2007

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A study that appeared in 2004, in Diabetes Care, measured the effects of vinegar on postprandial blood glucose levels. "Postprandial" means "after a meal". A postprandial blood glucose level is one taken 1-2 hours after a meal.

The participants in the vinegar study were either insulin sensitive (normal response), insulin resistant (pre-diabetic) or type 2 diabetics. Before a meal of a bagel with butter and orange juice, they were required to either drink apple cider vinegar mixed with water and a sugar substitute, or a placebo drink.

The insulin resistant people who had the vinegar drink before their meal had increased insulin sensitivity for an hour after the meal. People with type 2 also saw slight improvement. The most effect was seen in people whose insulin response was normal and those who were insulin resistant.

The authors of the study state that vinegar seems to significantly improve postprandial insulin sensitivity in people who are insulin-resistant, which leads to the conclusion that vinegar may work in a similar way to acarbose or metformin. They feel that further testing of vinegar as an antidiabetic agent may be worthwhile.

Read about this study here... Photo courtesy of Ryan McVay/Getty Images
September 13, 2007 at 5:35 pm
(1) Vin says:

I believe there is an error in the web page about vinegar reducing postprandial blood glucose. The article from Diabetes Care states “vinegar (20 g apple cider vinegar, 40 g water, and 1 tsp saccharine)” did lower postprandial blood sugars in some subjects.
However, the web page article states that subjects drank apple cider mixed with water and a sugar substitute. The important word vinegar was omitted.

September 13, 2007 at 5:43 pm
(2) diabetes says:

Hi Vin,

Thanks for being thorough. That was indeed an error, and it’s been fixed. Scientists used a mixture of 20 grams apple cider vinegar, 40 grams of water and 1 tsp. saccharine in the experiment.


September 24, 2007 at 5:22 pm
(3) Pattic says:

How much is 20 grams of vinegar? Do they weight out the vinegar? The best I could come up with using http://www.onlineconversion was around .70 of a ounce.
I think this does help as we were doing it back in 2000 except for the heartburn would still be doing it. Thanks in advance.

September 25, 2007 at 7:32 am
(4) Deb says:

I looked up grams versus milliliters and they’re roughly the same. So, 20 grams is 20 ml.

Probably any unit of measure would work because the vinegar amount is half of the water amount. For instance 2 tablespoons of vinegar to 4 tablespoons of water.

This is a study, which means that it’s a group of scientists testing a theory. It is not yet part of the mainstream medical approach. Always ask your doctor before trying any scientific or medical information that you read, especially on the internet.


December 9, 2008 at 6:52 pm
(5) Irene says:

Pattic, Vinegar does not cause heart burn but infact the opposite. You can stop your heart burn with a couple sips of vinegar. You just have to be careful as you can stranlulate, if you are not used to siping vinegar. Some how I think the amount of water in this formula was just for people that are not used to sour. As is the saccharine. I am sure there is no other value to this formula when saccharine is concerted.

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