The Prophet ﷺ was reported to have once remarked that vinegar was the seasoning of all the prophets who came before him.
Jabir narrated, “The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, took me one day with him to his house. He was served some bread. He asked: ‘Is there any dip?’ They replied ‘No, only some vinegar.’ He said, ‘Vinegar is a good dip.’ Jabir used to say, “I have loved vinegar since I heard it from Allah’s Prophet”. Naf’a said, “I have loved vinegar since I heard it from Jabir.”
[Muslim, Abu Dawud, Nasa’i]
What is Vinegar exactly?
The word vinegar literally means sour wine (French derivation). It is basically alcohol that has gone through a chemical process of souring and reached a point where it is no longer alcoholic in nature. This alcohol can be derived from a few things, but most commonly comes from grapes (wine), apples (hard cider), corn or wheat (grain alcohol). How is Vinegar Made?
As just mentioned, vinegar is the result of a process of chemical change which renders the final product to be free of alcohol, even though it starts out from a product which is fermented/alcoholic.
As soon as you take vinegar (or citric acid, as a powder), it starts to eliminate fatigue. You can notice this in only two hours.
Vinegar is Useful in well functioning metabolism; Reducing cholesterol (the dangerous LDL cholesterol type); Regulating the water content in the cells and body; Reducing water retention in the body; Reducing excess sodium from the body; Helps with regulating blood pressure; Assists in preventing circulatory problems; Helps with diminishing premature calcification of the arteries; Helps increase concentration and memory; Assists in blood circulation, body temperature as well as vitality and energy.
As we sort through the wisdoms of Prophetic nutrition in our attempt to reconcile them with modern “science,” we must always remember what the Qur’an says, “Eat of the good things We have provided for your sustenance, but commit no excess therein.” (20:81)
(.. to be continued)