Should Seventh-day Adventists use vinegar or pickles? We were brought up to believe that vinegar is bad for you, based on what Ellen White wrote. We learned to substitute lemon juice for vinegar in our salad dressing recipes. Yet, current research seems to point to the benefits of vinegar, especially apple cider vinegar, for diabetics.

Part 4—Pickles and Vinegar
“In this fast age, the less exciting the food, the better. Condiments are injurious in their nature. Mustard, pepper, spices, pickles, and other things of a like character irritate the stomach and make the blood feverish and impure.” —The Ministry of Healing, 325, 1905

Ellen White’s Vinegar Addiction
“I had indulged the desire for vinegar. But I resolved with the help of God to overcome this appetite. I fought the temptation, determined not to be mastered by this habit. For weeks I was very sick; but I kept saying over and over, The Lord knows all about it. If I die, I die; but I will not yield to this desire. The struggle continued, and I was sorely afflicted for many weeks. All thought that it was impossible for me to live. You may be sure we sought the Lord very earnestly. The most fervent prayers were offered for my recovery. I continued to resist the desire for vinegar, and at last I conquered. Now I have no inclination to taste anything of the kind. This experience has been of great value to me in many ways. I obtained a complete victory.” —Counsels on Diet and Foods by E.G. White, p. 485

Vinegar and Fermentation
What does Ellen White and Science Say about fermented foods?
“Ellen white only mentions vinegar and fermented foods 10 times in all her writings, while on the other hand talks about sugar, meat, alcohol, and other harmful things hundreds of times. In addition, none of these quotes were in Ministry of Healing, the book she wrote from her vision.  They are from compilations, namely, Counsels on Diet and Foods, pulled out of letters and other sources so the full context is not available to us.”

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