by Nerissa Oden
It’s a question that never seems to go away. “Is apple cider vinegar healthy for me?”
Health practitioners and physicians will provide different answers to this question, depending upon the ailment that needs attention. People who are sensitive to any kind of fungus (molds and yeasts) should stay away from all vinegars, including all apple cider vinegars.
It’s true that apple cider vinegar is healthier than other vinegars for adding to foods, but that doesn’t mean it will be a healthy dietary addition to everyone.
Vinegar has antimicrobial properties, which includes some fungi. This is why so many health providers and Internet articles say it’s beneficial to health, including for fungus-sensitive clients. However, vinegar is also good at killing off bacteria, the natural competitors of fungi. Anyone who’s compared washing fruit with diluted vinegar to washing them with diluted hydrogen peroxide will notice mold and fungus growing more frequently and quickly on the vinegar-laced fruit.
You may already know that raw apple cider vinegar contains probiotics, but it’s still mostly vinegar. Would adding probiotics to alcohol suddenly make it a healthy product for people who are alcohol sensitive or intolerant? No – the alcohol would produce the same problem for those individuals. So how does the presence of probiotics in vinegar make it healthier to the fungus-sensitive crowd?
Don’t even touch.
Ingesting vinegar, applying topically, or even touching surfaces cleaned with vinegar can likewise be detrimental to the health of individuals with fungus sensitivity. White vinegar can be an important natural cleanser for the home, but fungus-sensitive individuals should be wary of overexposure to any vinegar-based food, health cleanse, body care, or home cleaning product – including all apple cider vinegars.
Mold and yeast-sensitive individuals should avoid all foods containing vinegar, alcohol, sugar, and most fermented foods, with the exception of foods fermented with probiotics. Lemon juice is an alternative ingredient to any vinegar-based food product, like a large variety of salad dressings and other condiments – unless, of course, you also have a lemon sensitivity.
Nerissa Oden is a citizen advocate for identifying your individual hidden food allergies (aka. food sensitivities). Annual testing can be an important aspect of individual wellness. Her allergy-friendly cookbook, Bread-free Bread, is on Amazon. Her website is www.FoodPowers.com