The Alkaline Diet : Is It Just Too Complicated?

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Ever wondered if there was really something to those alkaline waters you see on the shelf?  Me too! 

Yes, even dietitians get intrigued by diet fads and health trends! But more importantly, friends had been asking me about eating the Alkaline Diet over the past few years, and I wanted to understand the premise behind it too. So, naturally, I started researching with these main goals in mind:

  1. I wanted to get a better understanding of what the Alkaline Diet advocates were suggesting as health claims. 
  2. Find out if these health claims were backed up with legit science – or not! – so I would be better informed the next time alkaline water came up at a get-together! 

What Did I Learn?  

The alkaline diet isn’t all bad, but it seems to make healthy eating a lot more complicated than it has to be. A great example of this is that foods we often think of as being acidic - like citrus fruits and tomatoes - actually have an alkaline – not acidic - effect in the body. And then what about using urine test strips to monitor the body’s pH? Not so sure about that!

Here’s my breakdown of the whole Alkaline Diet trend, what’s actually backed by legit science, and what you can skip : Does an Alkaline Diet Make Healthy Eating Too Complicated? As always, let me know what you think!


Have you tried the Alkaline Diet?

Let me know what you found!