Fans of the alkaline diet will tell you that every morsel you eat will affect the pH balance of your body. They’ll also tell you that you should eat 70% alkaline-producing foods to increase the alkalinity of the blood. The theory is that a higher pH level (high pH = alkaline, low pH = acidic) can reduce the risk of heart disease, bone disease and even cancer.
These claims are all well-known but there is now a growing argument that the alkaline diet is a myth. So what are we supposed to believe?
Here are six arguments against the alkaline diet:
As the British Dietetic association said, “"The diet's premise is to increase alkalising foods, such as fruit and vegetables, and reduce your intake of acid foods such as meat, salt and refined grains. That's pretty much what we consider as healthy eating anyway”.
What are your views? Any pro-alkaline dieters out there or do you agree with these guys?:
looks like another case where asking for evidence results in a cry of 'wibble' and running away!
does the picture indicate a subtle hint that this diet is just another fairy story?
I don't think I could keep up this diet for the long run like Craig says - the calorific deficit just feels too high.
If people took the time to try these diets they might find they work for them. No use in slating them on the basis of other people's experience. I tried this and it made me feel good, healthy and clean, but there's no way this diet could keep up with the calories I need.
OK, I'm probably going to be the only one who supports this diet. I tried it last year for a few weeks for health reasons. I can honestly say that I never felt and looked better. I guess the only downside was that I lost too much weight and got too skinny. But my skin glowed, energy soared and I looked a lot younger!
I also am not keen on pulling out the litmus paper! Is there an easier way?
I'm not really drawn to any diet that involves checking the acidity of my urine. There are plenty of ways of staying fit and healthy without needing to do that!
It's a very "scientific" diet. I think I'll just stick to what I know.
I've never heard of the "Alkaline" diet so to speak, but I understand the theories behind eating more fruit and veg. Isn't this just another food fad wrapped up in a fancy name?!