I know that the question regarding how much vinegar is harmful is pretty innocous, but it is also rather interesting that more and more these days questions like this (about other things we ingest) keep coming up.
I mean that, nowadays, it seems we’re getting caught up in the minutia of what’s good for us and what’s bad. Take a look at the low-carb fad for example. Someone says that carbs are bad for us, and we, as an American society eschew them like the plague. Furthermore, there are some who took it to the extreme and started on the ‘no-carb’ plan, only to have some health complications later because they weren’t getting enough carbs!!!
Also take a look at the number of health suppliments you can get over the counter, holy smoke, it’s everything from capsicum to dessicated porcine thymus glands. And we are made to believe that for the ailments that we’ve got this is the silver bullet that’ll do the trick; and for some suppliments and people they can have beneficial effects. Never mind you that “I’ll take a large fries and diet soda with that order, sir.”
In the end though, you really are what you eat and alot of us have forgotten, or not cared to remember this. Also, there’s a quote worth repeating that I learned several years ago in grad school for toxicology:
All substances are poisons; there is none which is not a poison. The right dose differentiates a poison from a remedy.
Not only does this mean that too much cyanide will put you out cold, but that too many french fries will also, as well as not enough carbs, or too much or too little of just about anything. In other words, take everything in moderation and more than likely you’ll be better off for it in the end.