Alissa interviewed Dr. Blevins, M.D., Endocrinologist, Texas Diabetes & Endocrinology on the effects of balsamic vinegar on blood sugar
Alissa: For the last two weeks, I've experienced my blood sugars increase and I realized today after doing some research it was balsamic vinegar. How does balsamic vinegar affect blood sugar? Do you recommend using it and how much should you use if you use it?
Dr. Blevins: Balsamic Vinegar does certainly have calories and it depends on how much you use. Tell me this – how much were you using?
Alissa: I use the big bottles you get at Costco – I was using a bottle every 4 days, so probably a quarter bottle a day
Dr. Blevins: I have to admit I don’t know what those bottle look like but, how much is in a bottle?
Alissa: Let me check… 1 liter
Dr Blevins: Vinegar can be formulated in different ways, but usually a cup is about 40 grams of carbs or so, but what does it say on the label?
Alissa:1 tablespoon has 2 grams of carbs and 10 calories and 2 grams of sugar
Dr Blevins: A liter is 1000 CCs, so you’re talking about 70 tablespoons. There’s definitely carb in balsamic vinegar. The story here has more to do with being very careful about food and look at the label carefully.
Dr Blevins: It’s low fat and that’s good, but it’s pretty high in sugar. It’s liquid, readily absorbable, and it could spike your sugar since it does have a lot of sugar. So 1 tablespoon is 2 grams, and you’re taking 250 ccs/day, a quarter of the bottle per day. The math on that would be about 17 tablespoons, so you’re getting mid-30s of grams of carb per day. That’s quite a bit of quickly, readily absorbable carb.
Alissa: Yes, I’m cutting it out of my diet permanently!
Dr Blevins: Although it’s not hidden, I think the perception many people would have is the same as yours which is that it’s not a high carb source.