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    Vinegar is not Paleo?

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    Ok, so I know it's a more recent Kitchen staple, but are all Vinegars off the table?

    I saw a blog from Mark that said it was primal. Another few sources on the web say it isn't. Dave Asprey said regular vinegar and ACV was all good.


    What does the PB forum think?
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    White (refined may be iffy in the primal world, but it's essentially plain and absolutely fine to use) or raw ACV (it is actually fermented) would be your safest bets. I would be curious as to the reasoning for it not being primal. Flavored and balsamic vinegar are often loaded with artificial flavoring and sugar, so beware the ingredients labels & source (for any vinegar). True balsamic vinegar is aged for many years.
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    Vinegar is good. ACV has many healthy properties. Balsamic adds lots of flavor to salads and makes good addition to marinades. Enjoy good food. No need to micro manage that much.
    No one on Earth at present day can reenact mythical Grok's eating.

    It's just vinegar, not deep fried KFC.

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    I use lots. The acidity will slow digestion and extend satiety to a degree. I've never heard of negative health effects apart from the additives.

    Balsamic is my least favorite flavor though.
    I use white wine for cold stuff, rice for sauté, malt for potatoes. I read coconut vinegar has some probiotic value but I haven't tried it yet.
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    Thank goodness! It seemed okay for me I've been using ACV instead of apple juice and sugars to create bbq sauces, salad dressings and for smoking things like baby back ribs, etc...

    Saved the day! Thanks for the input...
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    Quote Originally Posted by tekshow View Post
    I saw a blog from Mark that said it was primal.
    Of course it's not primal - it's a manufactured substance.

    But the standard rule applies - if you like it, and it doesn't do bad things to you, go ahead and eat it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDub View Post
    Of course it's not primal - it's a manufactured substance.

    But the standard rule applies - if you like it, and it doesn't do bad things to you, go ahead and eat it!
    Vinegar is not manufactured. Balsamic is made from grape must aged in oak barrels. It's best to get organic so there are no added sulphites. Apple cider vinegar is made in a similar way. Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and raw coconut vinegar are also awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oceangrl View Post
    Vinegar is not manufactured. Balsamic is made from grape must aged in oak barrels.
    Harvest grapes. Crush grapes. Collect juice. Boil juice. Build barrels. Store boiled juice in barrels....

    And this isn't even touching the issue that the grapes the stuff is made from are themselves recent hybridization and quite unlike their grow-in-the-wild cousins. Or the reality that to get any kind of decent quantities of the stuff, you have to plant unnatural monoculture plots of grapes.

    I love the stuff and use it regularly, but sorry, vinegar is a manufactured product.

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    by that metric so is butter. sheesh.

    fermentation is a totally natural process.
    As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

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    Collect grapes and store in open air vat. Wait a week and you will have wine, and soon after vinegar. And lots of fruit flies…

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