Ive seen it recommended on some MMA sites as a great natural recovery aid from workouts but a quick google search including some of the Paleo sites I visit turned up nothing. I want to do an experiment where I am 100% organic Paleo for 2 weeks to see how I feel and I dont want to include any foods which might not be Paleo.
I think this is a great question.
No, ACV was not found in the Paleolithic Age, but as with so many other foods like lacto-fermented veggies, raw butter, bee pollen and magnesium supplements, many people use them to support what they call a modern 'Paleo' diet.
Simply put, the idea of a modern paleo diet differs from person to person; no one has a definitive blueprint for Paleo, sure, ACV may be able to help you recover from work-outs, it may not. Some people may not accept it as it was not found in the Paleolithic Era, others may say, well it helps me overcome some weaknesses I have as a result of following the SAD diet for most of my life, so I will use it.
Going 'pure' is something that can be done as an experiment, but you have to remember that we may not come to it in a 'pure' paleo state in the first place, so may need back up to correct our imbalances. You are asking about ACV because you feel you are 'cheating' using it when you want to be pure for two weeks, yes?
I personally believe that what is more important here is to support your body, not be authentic to the Paleolithic Era, unless that is what you have your heart set on.
I think 'pure' Paleo is like an impossible state to attain anyway; what are you going to do for these two weeks? Live in a cave, eat only wild game killed with bow and arrow, go around barefoot?
YOU know what it means to go 'pure' for you, YOU know what you are happy to accept and if ACV works for YOU, then it becomes part of YOUR version of the modern paleo diet. Simple as that.
You should check out the question about kombucha since vinegar is very similar chemically.
What we're all after is health more than a reenactment of the past. Paleo is a damn good framework to start with, but from there you have room to play with things like vinegars, wine, cheeses, butter, ...
Vinegars could offer health benefits to those suffering with GERD as well as those with intestinal flora imbalances. Unless you have an irritated digestive tract, I don't see a reason not to have ACV.
ACV has be very effective for me in treating acid reflux and improving digestion. This was especially helpful at two points in my life:
I still often drink it in the mornings because it feels cleansing/energizing. I also take it now and then to support my digestion. (When I drink a large amount of plain water, it can induce reflux in me. If I put a bit of ACV in the water, I can drink as much as I like without problem...And it is more thirst quenching, so I drink less.)
When you're making wine (which is fermented) and it goes wrong, it becomes vinegar...
Comparing vinegar to other 'non paleo' foods is pretty harsh. Ask yourself this (if you're used to using ACV -- raw and with mother!): am I cheated by slugging 2T of ACV or am I cheating by having McDonald's?
There's wiggle room on the ACV, raw with mother. There's not with McDo! Choose your poison.
ACV is whats up in my opinion, go for it! It helps your body's ph, making it more alkalyn, a thought for heavy meat eaters, which contributes to an acidic body. Just my thoughts..
Vinegar is not paleo!!! Does vinegar exist in nature (enough for it to be part of our metabolic evolutionary history)? Of course not!
You will find many of us here don't strictly follow a paleo regimen ("Metabolism first, history second." -Kurt Harris M.D) so include vinegar, but if you want to 100% paleo then this is a pretty obvious answer!
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