Blood Sugar

You use it for cooking, cleaning, gardening, and a hundred other household chores. But for your blood sugar?

It seems vinegar — the tart stuff in tasty vinaigrettes and marinades — may help clamp down on blood sugar spikes from eating starchy carbs like potatoes and pasta.

Keeping blood sugar from surging may cut down on diabetes risk in the long run. But stabilizing blood sugar can do good things instantly, too — like stymieing hunger pangs, keeping your energy up, and keeping pounds off. To get the blood sugar benefit of vinegar, try pairing starchy foods with vinegar-based sauces or dressings. Or start a meal with a salad dressed in oil and vinegar.

Reality Check
Of course, a shot of vinegar will only go so far when it comes to keeping your blood sugar steady. To really ward off blood sugar problems, you’ll need to:

  • Get moving . . . so your body uses blood sugar better.
  • Load up . . . on foods that help keep blood sugar stable. Things like high-fiber fruits, veggies, and whole grains.
  • And of course, maintaining a healthy weight helps reduce your risk of diabetes.

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