Vinegar-Gluten Issues

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.

4 thoughts on “Vinegar-Gluten Issues

  1. Hi Kate,
    I’m gluten-intolerant also, and I can’t handle a lot of vinegar. I can put a little acv on salad, but drinking it like you were sounds utterly awful! After realizing that I was gluten-intolerant, It didn’t take long to get it all out of my system.

    As soon as my system was clear of that, I realized I was also not tolerating dairy. Dairy was making me bloated and very uncomfortable. It’s so strange to me how we learn to live with pain without even realizing it. And who knew that the most bland things in the world, bread and cheese, were culprits to stomach hate-crimes.

    Some say that vinegar and any alcohol have gone through the distilling process and any trace of gluten will be killed off. But I find that some alcohols and vinegars hurt my stomach still. You just have to find what works for you. I know that can be so painful and frustrating.


    • Hi M,

      Thank you for telling me you are gluten intolerant as well. It helps me to know others who deal with this issue. I read that many people who eliminate gluten often have dairy issues/intolerance, sometimes for a year or more, or forever. I am still having some dairy but I notice that I have reactions as well. For the time being I am having a lot of trouble finding enough foods to eat that are gluten-free and dairy is something I am still trying to manage, though I should probably eliminate it for a while to help me in my healing issues. I find that there are so many things that have gluten it is a full time job learning about it and trying to find alternative and safe replacement items on my financial limitations. Apple cider vinegar is supposed to be made without any gluten, made from apples, and therefore safe, if you can tolerate vinegar. I keep hoping that my body will heal more. It is better, but I keep hoping for lots more healing.

      My blog friend Tampalama at Life is Change is gluten intolerant. She writes about it on her blog and has lots of informative links on the subject as well as links to other blogs.

      Good and healing thoughts to you.



  2. Thanks for sharing your friend’s link. I’m always interested in reading more and find it fascinating. (It’s hereditary and I’m pretty sure my grandma was gluten-intolerant, but no one was even talking about it 10 years ago.)

    I know it can be overwhelming, but you’ll get the hang of it and it won’t be so daunting. I don’t know how you feel about goat cheese, but I can tolerate that and it’s yummy. There are all sorts of breads you can get too. After a while it won’t seem like everything is loaded with gluten, but it’s definitely a big changing of habits initially. Pamela’s pancake mix was a life-saver for me!


    • Hi M,

      For me a big issue is that I don’t cook much. I was used to buying a lot of prepared things and almost all of that is not food I can eat anymore. One of the worst parts for me right now is living with my brother, who leaves bread droppings everywhere in the kitchen. I won’t go into detail about some of his other unsavory kitchen habits, but I did buy paper plates and plastic utensils so I did not have to eat off of things he does not feel any need to wash properly.

      I too see genetic linkages in my family around gluten intolerance. If I had more money to spend, I could buy and try out some of these different things, but don’t have the extra money right now. I hope that my finances improve. I would really like to try some gluten free crackers and bread products.



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