Though I didn’t know this I have issues with vinegar, because I have gluten intolerance. I knew that there were some vinegar with gluten and some gluten-free. But when I ate something with vinegar I got a bad reaction. It felt as though I had been glutenized. There were several things that I concluded I could not eat and they had vinegar in it.
Some time ago when I was still living in Minnesota and before I knew about my gluten intolerance I read and was often told by others about the healing qualities of apple cider vinegar. Many other people recommended it to me. They said drink it before meals, a few tablespoonsfuls in a glass of water. Well eventually I started using it. It was awful. It made me feel awful. It tasted awful and it smelled awful and it was very difficult to stomach it and keep it down.
Over a period of months I would take it, sometimes once a day. Over that time period my health got much much worse. I had much more swelling, edema, and inflammation. I would have to ice my ankles and knees sometimes every day. I would have to wrap my ankles to prevent further swelling and pain. I would have more pain and more trouble walking, sleeping, and doing practically everything.
When I got ready to move I threw away or donated any liquids, because of my concern of anything damaging my boxes of books and other property in transit to Ohio. So I had been apple cider vinegar free for about four months and doing much much better health wise when it comes to swelling, pain, and inflammation in my legs and feet.
With gluten in so many things it has been difficult to point a definitive finger sometimes on a culprit to avoid as many foods have gluten and it is a lot of work to find accurate information. I read a lot of information online. Sometimes that doesn’t answer my questions and sometimes it does, and sometimes it makes me even more confused.
I bought some apple cider vinegar recently, a product that is declared gluten free by the company and the gluten intolerance websites. Less than an hour of drinking it my abdomen swelled up, there was more pain, and my ankles, feet, and legs became swollen, painful, and visibly larger. That was three days ago. I am still dealing with the side effects. This sucks. I hate when my health issues get in the way of living, enjoying, and life. No more vinegar.
Finally found a thread on a message board that says that some people with gluten intolerance cannot tolerate ingesting vinegar, whether it is gluten-free or not. Nice to know someone agrees with me.