What’s all the hype about apple cider vinegar?

If you have ever searched apple cider vinegar on Google, the first suggestion that pops up is “weight loss.” Is this vinegar really the solution to our weight management struggle? The answer is, not exactly. However, apple cider vinegar may help control your blood sugar levels, which is linked to a decreased risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Vinegar has been shown to reduce the digestion of carbohydrates leading to a smaller spike in blood sugar after eating.

In addition to controlling blood glucose, the undigested starch that can result from consuming vinegar  may also function as a prebiotic, meaning it nourishes the healthy bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract. Prebiotics may help you maintain a healthy weight, reduce inflammation, and even reduce the risk of cancer.

The benefits seem to come from the acetic acid found in all vinegar, not just apple cider so experiment with different flavors to see which variety you like best! It is important to keep in mind that vinegar is still an acid, meaning too much can be harmful. Instead of drinking vinegar or taking it by the spoonful (which is not recommended) add 1 or 2 tablespoons of vinegar to your salads, vegetables, or even fruit.

 

View the original article by bestselling author Ellie Krieger, RD at washingtonpost.com

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