Is Coconut Vinegar The New Apple Cider Vinegar?

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3. Coconut Vinegar May Help Stabilize Blood Sugar Levels

The anti-glycemic effect of certain unfiltered vinegar has a positive effect on blood sugar control. Apple cider vinegar and coconut vinegar are examples of unfiltered vinegars, which are great condiment options for diabetics. Coconut vinegar contains acetic acid, which is what gives it that sharp taste. Acetic acid can help keep blood sugar levels from spiking, which has a stabilizing effect on energy levels. This occurs because the acid prevents complete digestion of some carbohydrates. That slows down the transformation of carbohydrates into sugar in the body. There is limited evidence about the positive impact vinegar can have on diabetes at this stage. However, one study found that it could significantly improve postprandial insulin sensitivity in insulin-resistant subjects. It may, therefore, be a positive condiment to use with a healthy, diabetic-friendly diet to reduce the risk of blood sugar spikes and crashes.

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4. Coconut Vinegar Has Antimicrobial Properties

All types of vinegar are great natural cleaning agents because of their natural antimicrobial properties. That is what gives them their bacteria-killing abilities. The organic acids in vinegar, especially acetic acid, work in the same way when consumed. They pass into the cell membranes in your body and killing harmful bacteria. While no studies have looked specifically at coconut vinegar yet, one study did look at the antimicrobial effect of rice vinegar on E. coli in lettuce. Researchers concluded that vinegar with a minimum acetic acid content of 5% reduced the E. coli bacteria population significantly.

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How Does Coconut Vinegar Compare To Apple Cider Vinegar?

If you don’t like the taste or smell of apple cider vinegar, then coconut vinegar might be your savior! It turns out that coconut vinegar has the same health benefits of coconuts as well as raw, unfiltered vinegars like ACV. While far more research has been conducted into apple cider vinegar than coconut vinegar, it is highly likely that the latter has as many, if not more, health benefits. And, on top of that, it has fewer calories. Coconut vinegar has a slightly sweeter, less pungent taste than apple cider vinegar. That makes it an easier option to chug from a shot glass before a meal, if that’s your style.


How To Use Coconut Vinegar

Like we’ve just mentioned, you can down a shot of coconut vinegar before a meal to aid digestion and assist with weight loss. You can also use it as a salad dressing, or in a marinade recipe that calls for some sort of vinegar. If you already use ACV as a staple in your kitchen, then you can simply swap it for coconut vinegar, or switch between the two.

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Take Home Message

At this stage, coconut vinegar is still too new a health trend in the Western world to 100% confirm its exact health benefits – the studies haven’t been done yet. But, with the same, or similar enzymes and nutrients as ACV, as well as some of its very own, it’s fair to conclude that it has the same or similar health benefits, with a less offensive taste!

P.S. Take a look at the 5 veggies that boost female metabolism and burn off lower belly fat.

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