Vinegar: The ugly truth, and nothing but the truth
Vinegar, a word derived from the French “vyn egre”, which means ‘sour wine’, is a still a common condiment in homes today. In the UK, they customarily used malt vinegar, in France wine vinegar is popular and in Japan, what is well-known is rice vinegar.
The tricky science behind all that sourness
When brewing vinegar, the alcoholic substrate, known as vinegar stock is used. This is a very similar process to that used in the production of alcoholic beverages. Fermenting sugar-containing fruit or cane juice, molasses, mash of malted grain, honey, maple skimming and syrups (among other plant sources) produce a wide variety of vinegars.
Is vinegar of any use?
Indeed, vinegar is used in dips, as an ingredient in salad dressings, for disinfection, as a detergent and even as hair shampoo. Speaking of it’s usage in salads, there is sound, healthy and nutritional counsel given dating back even to the early 1900s. The author echoing from the 1900s writes the following words:
“The salads are prepared with oil and vinegar, fermentation takes place in the stomach, and the food does not digest, but decays or putrefies; as a consequence, the blood is not nourished, but becomes filled with impurities, and liver and kidney difficulties appear”1.
This can be a cause for concern to everyone who has a keen interest in their personal well-being. All would do well to take control of their health; for it is an act of beneficence to self, the world and to God.
ACV –king of dietary vinegars
Apple cider vinegar with its widely celebrated “health benefits”, has other untold effects which we need to be cautious about. It’s known benefits include the supply of various vitamins and minerals, as well as dietary fibre and good bacteria. ACV is said to be useful for obesity, diabetes, problems related to hair and skin, and other conditions. It contains acetic acid and nutrients such as B vitamins and vitamin C, which may help lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes by changing how foods get absorbed from the gut.
Let’s talk about the contraindications
Apple cider vinegar might prevent the breakdown of some foods. 2 This delays gastric emptying in patients with type 1 diabetes (diabetes mellitus). In a pilot study, ACV was shown to lower postprandial blood glucose and insulin levels. 3 Controlled studies suggest that acetic acid can be an efficient, economical bactericidal agent for the notoriously resistant Mycobacterium abscessus, complex bacteria M. tuberculosis and non-tuberculous mycobacteria.
It has also been discovered that ACV interferes with the medication one takes. For example, water pills (otherwise known as diuretic drugs) interact with ACV and the body is affected adversely. Insulin interacts with ACV and one’s blood sugar level is drastically lowered. Digoxin (Lanoxin), a drug sometimes prescribed to those who are ailing because of a weak heart, if ACV is used while on the drug, will cause the medication not to have the expected impact on the patient’s health. Large amounts of apple cider vinegar can decrease potassium levels in the body. Low potassium levels can increase the side effects of digoxin (Lanoxin). 5
Christ our example
Our Saviour Jesus Christ, at a point when the fate of the whole world was balancing on a tip of a fine thin needle on Calvary experienced great triumh. It happened as follows, “They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted [thereof], he would not drink.” 6.
We also learn from a most trusted and accurate commentary on this account that ,”To those who suffered death by the cross, it was permitted to give a stupefying potion” (which is none other than vinegar)., 7 to deaden the sense of pain. “This was offered to Jesus; but when He had tasted it, He refused it. He would receive nothing that could becloud His mind. His faith must keep fast hold upon God. This was His only strength. To becloud His senses would give Satan an advantage.” 8.We can choose to humbly learn from our Master and save ourselves from many a pain in sickness.
In conclusion, acetic acid found in vinegars, including ACV is not very toxic. Although prolonged exposure to it will produce corrosive effects, both on the skin, on metals, and the human body as well. The opportunity for habitual internal use of ACV outweighs the benefits, and as such it is advisable to make use of it with caution and rather when one is well informed.
by Charles F Hleza CNC, LCC
Health Major Teacher
6. Mathew 27:33
7. Vinegar (emphasis by author for clarity)
8. DA 746.2