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Let's Chat, Diets:

The Alkaline Diet

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Welcome back to Let's Chat, Diets. This week we discuss the obscure Alkaline diet. Something that you may not have heard of but the main premise of this diet is simple. Cut out acidic foods and eat more alkaline ones. One theory is that excess acid turns to fat and other theories include helping with chronic diseases. We tombstone all of these claims pretty quickly.


When they talk acidic foods they are talking about

  • Meat

  • Dairy

  • Poultry

  • Eggs

  • Fish

  • Grains

  • Processed foods

  • alcohol

So a pretty large amount of food to cut out. Alkaline foods on the other end are

  • Fruits

  • Vegetables

  • Nuts

  • Legumes

So as we discuss in the podcast, on the surface they do make some very healthy suggestions however education must follow as to when cutting large food groups out you need to make sure you won't have any nutritional deficiencies


In regards to all the theory on an alkaline diet helping with chronic diseases such as cancer we go in study heavy and essentially put those to bed. There is no justification for promoting an alkaline diet or associated products such as alkaline water to help with chronic disease


Oh and don't forget to spam Bill with messages on how bad his diet is as we do establish early doors that he unequivocally invented this diet. This is not a conspiracy theory! Or is it?


This week we were wearing our brand new podcast t-shirts courtesy of Trident Fitness. Top gear and we are super grateful that they send these out. Make sure to check out Bills IG down below as he will post a picture with the launch post of us in the T-shirts. They are one-off specials for us however if you are a fan of the show and like the look of them get in touch and we will see what we can do!

Studies Mentioned 

Dietary acid load is associated with lower bone mineral density in men with low intake of dietary calcium

Systematic review of the association between dietary acid load, alkaline water and cancer

Low urine pH and acid excretion do not predict bone fractures or the loss of bone mineral density

The kidney and acid-base regulation

Acid Balance, Dietary Acid Load, and Bone Effects-A Controversial Subject

Does a high dietary acid content cause bone loss, and can bone loss be prevented with an alkaline diet?

There is no evidence that an alkaline diet is protective of bone health.

Milk and acid-base balance: proposed hypothesis versus scientific evidence

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