Balsamic Vinegar and Diabetes
Does aged balsamic vinegar contain sugar? Yes, it contains a little bit of sugar just like many other condiments. In fact, it’s probably one of the sweetest vinegars on the market. But ironically, many research studies have found that adding 1 – 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar to your meal can help certain diabetics improve their blood sugar control. The reason for that lies in one key nutrient: acetic acid. The acetic acid in vinegar tends to slow down the work of several carb-digesting enzymes in our intestine. Accordingly, some sugars and starches will pass through the system without being ingested into the bloodstream. So diabetics can enjoy the sweetness of balsamic vinegar without worrying about a sugar spike. Isn’t it a win-win situation?