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Can I have vinegar while I'm treating myself for Candida?

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Is vinegar safe to consume if I have candida?
asked Jul 30, 2013 in Diet by Denise

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By vinegar, I assume you are talking about white vinegar. In general white vinegar should be avoided if you're treating yourself from candida. Actually, unlike most people believe most fermented foods should be avoided because the fermentation process creates ethanoic acid (or acetic acid). Vinegar, in general, is considered a great antibacterial agent, which is why it’s so commonly used as a preservative in foods like ketchup or barbecue sauce. This also means that you should really check all food labels before you decide to eat any foods. Really when you're treating yourself for Candida most of the food should be made by yourself at home, but even a salad with oil and vinegar should sadly be avoided. There are always substitutes that you can use which will not only taste great but also make you feel better.

As you probably already know, though, antibacterial agents tend to be nondiscriminatory, so while the antibacterial organisms in vinegar may not be there in huge quantities, they’ll definitely have an impact on your ability to control your bacterial levels as you work to eradicate your Candida. Even though products such as probiotics can help you regain your gut flora, nothing will be the same as not consuming antibacterial agents, so I would say that it's simply best in general to just avoid them. I will say that you can still clean with vinegar, do not avoid it like it is the plague, and it's much easier and gentler on your body than many other commercial cleaning agents such as bleach.
answered Jul 30, 2013 by AdrianDole Trusted Candida Expert (8,120 points)
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