Drinking Vinegar: An old tradition that’s trendy again


Is it all hype and just for the handle-bar mustached hipsters? No, drinking vinegar actually does have some health benefits. Like most things, the benefits are small but scientifically supported. Many of the health claims of vinegar are overstated, but here are two that have good backing.

Vinegar can help lower your blood sugar if consumed before a high-carbohydrate meal. It was found to improve insulin sensitivity in a small test group with insulin resistance (like prediabetics and those with type 2 diabetes) in a 2004 study.

Vinegar is full of polyphenols that help fight oxidative stress. This has been weakly linked to both fat-metabolism improvements and reduced cancer risk (much like red wine and other polyphenolic compounds).

On the more practical side, vinegar is flavorful! Because of its complex chemical makeup it can be used in salad dressings and drinks to cut fats and sugars that would otherwise be added for flavor. This is probably where you’ll get the biggest improvement in your health by utilizing vinegar.

Try this recipe for switchel – it’s been around since the 1800’s. It
improves with some time to let the flavors meld and if you can avoid
drinking it all at once, keeps very well in the fridge.

4 cups of water
1/4 cup of applecider vinegar
2 tbsp local honey (or maple syrup, molasses, coconut sugar etc)
1 tsp ginger (grated, minced, or boil it in the 4 cups of water beforehand)

Just remember this drink should be refreshing and thirst quenching, not
overly sweet, so just add enough sweetener to cut some of the vinegar tang.
This comes out to be one third the sugar of a softdrink. Enjoy!

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