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Is apple cider vinegar good for a morning drink? What you should know

Written by Dr V Mohan

Remember that scientific evidence is varied and not enough, untested on larger groups and certainly not endorsed as a method of treating diabetes by any of the associations or guidelines of diabetes management, says Dr V Mohan, chairman of Dr Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre, Chennai


Very often in social media and on the internet, you would find a slew of complementary, supportive or preventive therapy options for disease management. Most often, they are based on very little scientific evidence and are unproven for their efficacy among humans but catch the imagination of people and get accepted thanks to frequent posts and shares.

One such concerns apple cider vinegar, usually known as ACV, and its role in controlling diabetes. I started hearing about its benefits during my interactions with my patients, many of whom claim that it is useful in controlling their diabetes. The logic seems to stem from the understanding that acetic acid reduces starch digestion, slows down conversion of complex carbohydrates and delays gastric emptying, thereby preventing sudden sugar spikes. And though isolated small studies may sound reassuring, without bigger human trials, credibility is difficult to establish.


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