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Beat Diabetes with Homemade Gherkins

Written By Admin on Thursday, May 26, 2016 | 11:23:00 PM

Gherkins are vegetables similar to cucumbers, both in shape and nutritional value. Studies have shown that consuming vinegar based pickles improves hemoglobin levels in diabetic patients, which in turn helps in controlling diabetes.

Beat Diabetes with Homemade Gherkins

Carol Johnston, professor of nutrition at Arizona State University’s East campus, was looking for possible diet modifications that would make meals less risky for people with diabetes.
While reviewing research published earlier by others, she ran across reports from about 2 decades ago that suggesting that vinegar limits glucose and insulin spikes in a person’s blood after a meal.
For instance, Johnston points to a 2001 paper in which researchers at Lund University in Sweden evaluated gherkins preserved in vinegar — as a dietary supplement to lower the blood-sugar rise in healthy people after a meal.
The Swedish team, led by Elin M. Östman, reported that pickles dramatically blunted the blood-sugar spike after a high-carb breakfast. 
The Arizona State scientists had hypothesized that by preventing digestion of carbs in the stomach, vinegar might cause carbohydrate molecules to instead ferment in the colon, a process that signals the liver to synthesize less cholesterol.

Homemade Gherkins – Recipe

  • 8-10 small pickling cucumbers
  • 500 ml white vinegar
  • 500 ml water
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 4 heads fresh dill or 4 teaspoons dill seeds
  • 4 small cloves garlic
1. Cut a thin slice from the ends of each cucumber
2. Combine vinegar, water, and salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
3. Remove hot jars from canner. Place 1 head fresh dill or 1 tsp dill seeds and 1 clove garlic into each jar; pack in cucumbers. Pour boiling vinegar mixture over cucumbers to within 1/2 inch (1 cm) of rim (head space). Process 10 minutes for pint (500 ml) jars and 15 minutes for quart (1 l) jars as directed for Longer Time Processing Procedure.
However, care must be taken to avoid the consumption of salted pickles as excess salt increases blood pressure.