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Is Vinegar Bad even if Non-Paleo?

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Created May 16, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Help, I think I'm addicted to vinegar. I love it in my salads. I know its not "Paleo" per se but is it bad for you to have a little?

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on June 08, 2012
at 08:49 PM

Cordain book says no vinegar. That's why I was confused.

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on May 17, 2012
at 05:14 PM

@Sol Depends upon your particular flavor of Paleo, I think :) Cordain was, at the time he wrote his first book, in the "avoid extra carbs as much as possible" camp, as far as I remember. Not sure where he stands with it now.

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on May 17, 2012
at 03:25 AM

Funny enough some of us actually do care what is categorized as appropriate food for this way of eating we claim to follow. I don't think PH would exist if we were all like interrobung and just whatever we wanted to because he seems to be implying that he does not and even question why anyone would. Not sure why you would spend time here if you don't care about the paleo diet or how to follow it. At any rate, the vinegar is just fine. I must have 10 bottles of different vinegars in my kitchen right now. If you love it then use it. Many of us do. It's perfectly fine for the paleo diet.

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on May 17, 2012
at 01:24 AM

@Aleen Is sugar from fruit not Paleo?

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on May 17, 2012
at 12:35 AM

Oats get a bad rap not only from cross contamination in the field and milling plants but also because some people react to avenin, a protein in oats that is similar to gluten. As far as I understand, wine vinegars may contain gluten from the barrels they are aged in. Some wine barrels appear to be sealed with a glue made from flour, thus containing gluten. However, I haven't gotten sick from wine, so I'm not sure if that's really the reason for gluten in the wine vinegars. I just know I've had a few make me sick, and they tested positive for gluten.

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on May 17, 2012
at 12:06 AM

Are you reading his newest book (published a few months ago) or the older one? I think he made that recommendation because of its sugar content.

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on May 16, 2012
at 10:53 PM

Who says it's not paleo, and furthermore, who cares?

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on May 16, 2012
at 10:52 PM

I'm reading the Loren book and it says no vinegar. I just didn't understand why.

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on May 17, 2012
at 12:01 AM

Well, some vinegar is bad for people who are very sensitive to gluten. Apple cider vinegar, in my experience, is safe, but I've had trouble with other vinegars. Trader Joe's orange champagne vinegar, for example, tested positive for gluten, so it has over 10 ppm of gluten. I also tested some locally made pickles which tested positive for gluten, and in it the only possible ingredient that could contain gluten other than cross-contamination is the vinegar.

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on May 17, 2012
at 12:10 AM

I use Braggs Raw unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar and it seems to help both my husband and my digestive systems a lot. I think you need to be aware of how its processed, if its raw which is generally benefical or if its processed where all the good stuff is killed from it. Apples do not contain gluten so if a product reads and gluten its from cross contamination in the processing plant. Thats why oats get such a bad rap! Most are processed in a plant that other grains are also processed in.

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on May 17, 2012
at 12:35 AM

Oats get a bad rap not only from cross contamination in the field and milling plants but also because some people react to avenin, a protein in oats that is similar to gluten. As far as I understand, wine vinegars may contain gluten from the barrels they are aged in. Some wine barrels appear to be sealed with a glue made from flour, thus containing gluten. However, I haven't gotten sick from wine, so I'm not sure if that's really the reason for gluten in the wine vinegars. I just know I've had a few make me sick, and they tested positive for gluten.

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on May 16, 2012
at 10:36 PM

I use vinegar in bone broths all the time to pull minerals out of the bone.

What would make vinegar not paleo? Apple cider vinegar is just fermented apple juice. Are fermented foods not Paleo to some people?

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on May 17, 2012
at 01:24 AM

@Aleen Is sugar from fruit not Paleo?

8de9776490016df60d49e03f23d656af

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on May 17, 2012
at 12:06 AM

Are you reading his newest book (published a few months ago) or the older one? I think he made that recommendation because of its sugar content.

D613cc4b9409009d5735a23e9fec5886

(143)

on May 16, 2012
at 10:52 PM

I'm reading the Loren book and it says no vinegar. I just didn't understand why.

8de9776490016df60d49e03f23d656af

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on May 17, 2012
at 05:14 PM

@Sol Depends upon your particular flavor of Paleo, I think :) Cordain was, at the time he wrote his first book, in the "avoid extra carbs as much as possible" camp, as far as I remember. Not sure where he stands with it now.

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8de9776490016df60d49e03f23d656af

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on May 16, 2012
at 10:30 PM

A lot of us use vinegar. If you don't have issues with it, I wouldn't sweat it :)

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on May 16, 2012
at 11:40 PM

What is wrong with vinegar? I love it too, and I'm pretty sure it helps my digestion some days.

D613cc4b9409009d5735a23e9fec5886

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on June 08, 2012
at 08:49 PM

Cordain book says no vinegar. That's why I was confused.

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