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  • Balsamic Vinegar

    I agree with the bit about all vinegar being acidic- I do have a few things to add to that, though, based on personal experience. I visit a naturopath frequently, and have had quite a few conversations about what vinegar does. I brought this up to her originally because I was having some digestion problems- bloating, constipation, etc. I also used to use balsamic and apple cider vinegar frequently. I mentioned this to her when I was going over my food history (she knows I am a raw vegan, and supports that)- she told me that vinegar is highly acidic, and in some cases does cause digestive problems. Balsamic and apple cider in particular are so acidic they can cause underproduction of stomach acid- I think this has to do with your body trying to balance out ?he acidity... in any case, apparently in some people it gets so out of hand that your digestion gets thrown off, which was what happened to me. I think using those vinegars in moderation would be ok, though she said it was best not to at all. Also, she advised me to start using rice vinegar, which is the mildest kind, saying that it would get me producing more stomach acid, since it was naturally less acidic and would therefore promote digestion. I know rice vinegar is not raw either, but at that point I was bloating everytime I ate something, no matter what it was (and I was close to completely raw, which only a few unraw condiments), I was constipated, gassy, and had shite digestion, based on what came out when I did have bowel movements. When she told me rice vinegar instead of balsamic and apple cider would help, I took her advice and within a week or so was feeling way, way better. I am not sure if this would be the same for everyone, but for me it just about solved the digestion thing completely. That said, I did end up incorporating a bit of balsamic in every once in a while- I do love the flavor!- but I try to limit it, and use rice vinegar instead. Hope this helps!