Surprising glycemic load benefits of ACV

Nina Ross
Certified Naturopathic Doctor
November 7, 2023

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been hailed as a cure-all for everything from weight loss to digestion issues. But one lesser-known benefit of ACV is its ability to lower the glycemic index (GI) of the foods you eat.

The glycemic index is a measure of how quickly a food raises your blood sugar levels. Foods with a high GI are absorbed quickly, leading to a rapid increase in blood sugar. On the other hand, foods with a low GI are absorbed more slowly, leading to a slower and more stable increase in blood sugar.

ACV is rich in acetic acid, which has been shown to lower the GI of carbohydrates. When acetic acid is consumed with carbohydrates, it slows down the digestion and absorption of those carbs, leading to a lower rise in blood sugar.

This can be especially beneficial for people with diabetes or prediabetes, as well as those looking to manage their blood sugar levels for overall health and well-being. Lowering the GI of your meals can help prevent spikes in blood sugar, which can lead to feelings of hunger and cravings.

But how can you incorporate ACV into your diet to take advantage of its blood sugar-lowering benefits? One option is to mix a tablespoon of ACV into a glass of water and drink it before meals. You can also add ACV to your meals as a dressing or marinade. Just be sure to dilute it with water or another liquid, as und iluted ACV can be too strong for some people. You can also add ACV to your salads or use it in place of vinegar when making dressings or sauces.

So, if you’re looking for an easy way to improve your blood sugar levels and manage your weight, consider adding ACV to your diet. You may find that it helps you feel full and satisfied while also preventing spikes in blood sugar levels.

Nina Ross
Certified Naturopathic Doctor

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