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Reasons that Vinegar May Be Harmful in Food
As with many health fads, vinegar was once touted as a miracle health product and the internet was flooded with stories about how vinegar was useful from losing weight to curing cancer. Of course, such claims for the most part have not been proven and now there has been a sort of backlash against vinegar with popular questions being:
"Is vinegar good for you?"
"Can too much vinegar do damage to your body?"
"Is vinegar harmful to your heath?"
Such questions seem natural given the overload of positive health information that was doled out a few years ago. The truth is that too much of anything is not good for your health, even water for example. But the consumption of vinegar when done in moderation, particularly if it is mixed with other foods, most notably salads for example can have a positive impact on your overall health, if nothing so specific as curing cancer or losing vast amounts of excess weight.
However, there are some negative effects that too much vinegar in the diet can bring about. Remember that vinegar is an acidic acid and as such there can be health complications if too much is consumed at one time. Here are a few reasons why the excessive use of vinegar in food may be harmful to your health.
Vinegar can interact with certain forms of medications, most notably insulin in patients who have diabetes. While modest amounts of vinegar seem to have no effect, such as a light application on salad or other foods for example, a larger amount can interfere with insulin which helps rid the blood stream of sugars. Also, vinegar can interact with diuretics which are generally used to lower blood pressure. In both cases, the lowering of the intake of vinegar is generally recommended.
However, it must be noted that while apple cider vinegar does interact with digoxin, a common drug used for patients with atrial fibrillation if drank straight, when the apple cider vinegar was cooked in foods, there was no interaction at all.
There have been a few severe cases of the burning of the esophagus when consuming large amounts of vinegar, but these reports are generally few and far between. Drinking vinegar in large amounts is not recommended. However, even smaller amounts can irritate the throat or stomach if consumed without any food or liquids which would dilute the acid content of the vinegar.
Even though vinegar is an acid, it can become contaminated at room temperature by yeast or fungus. These are rare cases, but it can occur if the vinegar is not properly sealed and exposed to yeast or fungus elements. Care must be taken with the storage of anything that is to be consumed, but in almost all cases, vinegar is generally safe when stored at room temperature if it is properly sealed.
Overall, there are generally very few negative health effects from consuming vinegar in small amounts, especially if it is mixed with food or other liquids. Conversely, the positive impact of vinegar has on the body may not be as highly rated as some of the unproven claims have suggested.