Verdict: is Vinegar a good diet supplement?

In an effort to find natural ingredients in the diet that could promote ‘Renewing Life’, I have been thinking of putting Vinegar to use as a diet supplement.

But as a person who does a lot of research on such things and does not take others’ words for granted, I did some research on existing research 😃 out there.

The verdict is at the end of this article or click here.

All this effort & this article is to know:
  • If Vinegar is good “for me” as a diet supplement?
  • What are the benefits, recommended dosage, precautions, etc?
  • Should I keep a bottle of Vinegar at home?
  • Is Vinegar good in an Indian household?

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In layman terms ‘How is Vinegar made?’

It is simply fermenting some of the fruits (we’ll see later) so that acetic acid is formed out it. Then purify it to some degree.

the mother‘ in the Vinegar is the good bacteria that will cause the fermentation. We can buy it or use unpasteurized Vinger which contains the same bacteria.

A good quality natural Vinegar is a healthy ingredient in cooking.

Vinegar is also a good dietary supplement in moderation.

But, it’s good to know the pros & cons before using it as a diet supplement.

Different Types:

There are many types based on starting ingredients and the process but the following are some important differences everyone must be aware of.

  • Synthetic vs Natural
    • Synthetic is purely out of the chemical process. Such Vinegar may be good for non-dietary uses such as cleaning.
    • Natural is the one to pick if you want to use it in the diet.
  • Pasteurized vs Unpasteurized:
    • Pasteurization is the process used to kill the bacteria, for longer shelflife. But the drawback is it removes the bacteria that can be very beneficial to health.
    • So I would pick unpasteurized if I were looking at Vinegar as a natural diet ingredient for health. And would pick a good brand, preferably organic and also natural.
  • Distilled:
    • This is another process that makes the purer form of a natural Vinegar, at the cost of losing the good bacteria. But still this natural and good as an ingredient in diet or cooking.
    • This can be safer considering that it may not have any harmful bacteria that may have got added in an unhygienic manufacturing facility.
  • By Ingredients:
    • Most widely used:
      • apple, grape, rice, malt
    • Also made from:
      • kiwifruit, coconut, palm, cane, raisin, date, honey, kombucha and many others

Noticeable Immediate Benefits: “relief from heartburn”

Health Benefits:

Be careful: it can erode enamel, burn throat & skin

Side Effects:
  • There are also known side effects which are not very adverse, nor many. Some of them that need mention are:
    • Erosion of Tooth Enamel
    • Throat Burns & Skin Burns
    • Drug Interactions (Diabetic, Digoxin, Diuretic)
  • Check out this below article for more

the Verdict

(It is my opinion after many hours of research and trying out many varieties of Vinegar over the years.)

  • If Vinegar is good “for me” as a diet supplement?
    • NO, there are far better and highly beneficial alternatives with no side effects
  • Should I keep a bottle of Vinegar at home?
    • YES, it is very good and useful in many ways
  • Is Vinegar good in an Indian household?
    • YES, I would keep it for all the above benefits plus for cooking as it gives a wonderful taste to certain types of dishes.

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