The Alkaline Diet – Common Misconceptions

In today’s article, I would like to take a moment to demystify a few of the widespread myths about the alkaline diet. Because it is not as well-known as certain other approaches, this diet has been the subject of quite a lot of misinformation. Fortunately, the reality of this way of eating is much more appealing then you may have been led to think.

The first myth is that in order to follow an alkaline diet, you must surrender all acid-producing foods. The reality, however, is that the goal of this diet is not to go to an extreme, but rather to achieve an ideal balance between acid-forming and alkaline-forming foods. Translation: Twenty to thirty-five percent of the foods you consume can still be acidifying.

The next myth about the acid alkaline diet is that it forces one to quit eating all animal products and become a vegan. Sure, you will very likely have more success on an alkaline diet if you reduce your consumption of meat and dairy products. These foods are loaded with protein, which has an acid-forming effect on your internal environment. But you still need some protein, which can come from either animal or vegetable sources. Provided that you exercise moderation, you don’t have to give up animal products altogether–unless you wish to, of course.

The third myth regarding an acid alkaline diet is that it’s just a dietetic fad. The truth is that scientific studies have demonstrated the ability of alkaline foods to combat osteoporosis, preserve muscle strength in older adults, and more.

In short, the alkaline diet has more benefits and fewer drawbacks than you may have been led to believe. The downside is minimal, so why not give the alkaline diet a try for a few weeks, and see what it can do for you?