Is there any benefit to the vinegar in the carrot salad?

Discussion in 'Carrot Salad, Bamboo Shoots, Mushrooms' started by Bluebell, Jul 23, 2013.

  1. Bluebell

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    I am having a little distilled white vinegar on my carrot salad, along with salt (can't have coconut oil, even the refined stuff I react to).

    I'm quite happy not to have vinegar taste-wise. Is there any health benefit to adding the vinegar?
     
  2. chris

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    As far as I am aware, it is an antiseptic and/or antibiotic to some degree. If you are using vinegar regularly watch out for sulphates, there is still a lot of benefit from a carrot salad without vinegar, if it isn't your thing.
     
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    Can it be balsamic, or does it have to be white wine vin?
     
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    I use balsamic, b/c that is what's on the salad bar where i get shredded carrots ;-) I also use olive oil. I find oil to be necessary to balance the vinegar taste. They really go together and Peat has said olive oil is an ok sub for coconut on the salad.
     
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    It gave me killer sensitive teeth which I've never had in my life.

    At first I thought it was all the sugar, but by accident I stopped having the salad and it cleared up.

    Stupid question: will just eating a couple of carrots will still have the anti-estrogen effect?
     
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    Apparently the anti-estrogen part is mostly due to the fiber structure that helps transport it. And maybe the chewing and gratting makes it better as it increases the surface.
     
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    Thank you
     
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    What are the exact benefits of vinegar? Can you cook with it?
     
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    I think Peat suggests using vinegar with the carrot salad to add to the antimicrobial effect in the gut.
    Personally I prefer my carrot salad without vinegar, but it might be more effective if it's included.

    Not from Peat, but some people find a little cider vinegar helps with digesting meals - presumably if the stomach acid is a bit weak.
     
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