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    I see that ricotta cheese is listed as a safe food that is also soothing to the bladder. But one of the ingredients is vinegar. Which is big no-no for me. So I'm confused, is there a ricotta cheese with no vinegar in it? Also, I would like to know if other's can eat it without a problem.
    Thank you!

  • #2
    Thanks for asking this, I've been wondering the same thing myself...
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    • #3
      I can eat it without problems. I think the vinegar must be there in such a small amount that it doesn't bother me. Have you tried it yourself? Remember, the foods all combine in your stomach, so small amounts of a bad food can sometimes get diluted by good stuff. ;-)
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      • #4
        Thank you Julie, think I will give it a try, I want to try making Stuffed Shells with the roasted red pepper sauce.

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        • #5
          I'm fine with ricotta. If you're not sure, maybe take Prelief with it.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Julie B View Post
            I can eat it without problems. I think the vinegar must be there in such a small amount that it doesn't bother me. Have you tried it yourself? Remember, the foods all combine in your stomach, so small amounts of a bad food can sometimes get diluted by good stuff. ;-)
            I found this to be true for me with many trigger foods.

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            • #7
              If you have concerns, I suggest you try a very small amount first.

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              • #8
                Donna, I'm slowly working my way to the "try it" list and I'm wondering what a "small amount" is for something like ricotta? Like one tsp, one tblsp, a cup? Thanks for all your advice.
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                • #9
                  This ricotta cheese being in the generally safe column is one of the very few mistakes I think there are in the ICA food list. I could not find any vinegar free ricotta cheese, and believe me I looked, at Mother's Market (a large regional health food chain), Trader Joes and 5 major supermarket chains plus a great Italian market. When I was super food sensitive, I couldn't eat any ricotta cheese at all and used to joke it was the only white food I couldn't eat. Now that I've gotten better I can have something with some ricotta cheese in it but still wouldn't try it straight. If small amounts of vinegar in another food (like a salad) cause a problem, why would vinegar in this case be any different?
                  Last edited by Golden Girl; 05-05-2011, 11:26 AM.

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                  • #10
                    if you can find ricotta imported from italy there is no vinegar. the ricotta is usually made from sheep's or buffalo's milk, whey and salt. it's also has a creamier texture and infinitely more delicious. but i know for most people in america that's impossible to find in a store. but you can buy it in bulk online and freeze it. ricotta freezes well for up to 1/2 a year.
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                    • #11
                      I found a ricotta cheese without vinegar at Walmart last month. I don't recall the brand but I'll check next time I go.

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                      • #12
                        A vinegar solution is used to rinse the ricotta after preparation. After that, it is rinsed with plain water. but, it has to be listed as an ingredient because it used in the preparation. It doesn't bother me at all. But the first time I saw that, I freaked out! My husband's Italian mother explained that one to me.

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                        • #13
                          Renee, thank you for sharing that! It is like we have found with citric acid. If citric acid is being used as a flavoring, they are probably using a lot of it in the product. If they are using it as a preservative (like in breads) it is likely not to bother IC bladders because it is used in such minute quantities and it is neutralized by the other ingredients.

                          Hopefully we will learn more about the "whys" and dosages of foods in the next few years as more research is done.

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                          Did you know that up to 94% of interstitial cystitis patients find some symptom relief when they change their diet, and that dietary modification is recommended as a first line treatment for IC? Check out the IC Food List to get started!

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                          ........ ........


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                          For Health Professionals: Continuing Education About Interstitial Cystitis and Diet
                          Free IC Diet Booklet: What Can I Eat?
                          Confident Choices IC Diet Blog
                          IC Diet Newsletter


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                          • #14
                            hahah, by the time we get all this figured out... they'll find a cure. LOL

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                            • #15
                              Re: ricotta cheese question

                              I know this is a VERY old thread but I somehow found it today in my search for vinegar free ricotta (making butternut squash ravioli with a cream sauce). I just found that Earthfare has vinegar free ricotta. It is at their cheese counter.

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