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We love apple cider vinegar here at Southern Living. Not only because it tastes delicious on our favorite salads, but also because it’s the perfect home remedy for practically any ailment. And now, according to a new study in published in Diabetes Care, it seems like nature’s cure-all could also help regulate our blood sugar.
So how did researchers make this impressive find? Patients were asked to drink two tablespoons of water or apple cider vinegar with their nighttime snack, and in the morning their blood sugar levels were analyzed. After the patients drank vinegar, their blood sugar was lower than when they drank water.
Another similar study in the same publication supported the findings: patients who consumed less than an ounce of apple cider with a carb-heavy meal, like a bagel and butter or orange juice, had better glucose readings afterwards.
And not only that, apple cider has also been linked to weight loss!
But before you go and chug that bottle of apple cider vinegar in your kitchen cabinet, keep in mind that there are some risks. “Undiluted shots have been known to wear away tooth enamel, and damage the esophagus. Also, too much apple cider vinegar may lower potassium levels in the body,” nutritionist Cynthia Sass told Health.com.
Plus, despite the promising findings, it’s important to remember that consuming apple cider vinegar isn’t a cure-all. Eating well and exercising regularly are still the most important things you can do to keep your health in check. That said, eating apple cider vinegar in moderation can't hurt, and thankfully we’ve got your new favorite vinegar-based Southern slaw recipe right here.