When you metabolise foods and extract the energy (calories) from them, you are actually burning the foods, except that it happens in a slow and controlled fashion.
What is Alkaline Diet ?
When you burn foods, they actually leave an ash residue, just like when you burn wood in a furnace.As it turns out, this ash can be acidic or alkaline (or neutral)… and proponents of this diet claim that this ash can directly affect the acidity of your body.
So if you eat foods with acidic ash, it makes your body acidic. If you eat foods with alkaline ash, it makes your body alkaline. Neutral ash has no effect. Acid ash is thought to make you vulnerable to illness and disease, whereas alkaline ash is considered protective. By choosing more alkaline foods, you should be able to “alkalize” your diet and improve health.
Certain food groups are considered acidic, alkaline or neutral:
Acidic: Meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, grains and alcohol.
Neutral: Natural fats, starches and sugars.
Bottom Line: According to proponents of the alkaline diet, the ash left from the burning of foods can directly affect the acidity or alkalinity of your body.
Alkaline: Fruits, nuts, legumes and vegetables.
How effective is the Alkaline Diet ?
Jennifer Aniston, Victoria Beckham and Gwyneth Paltrow are all fangirls of the Alkaline Diet. Based on the idea that our modern-day diets cause our body to produce way too much acid, the Alkaline Diet puts forward the theory that the excess acid in our bodies is turned into fat, which in turn leads to weight gain.
Pros of the Alkaline Diet?
The diet contains plenty of good healthy eating advice, such as cutting down on meat, avoiding sugar, alcohol and processed foods and eating more fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds and legumes.
This means you will be cutting down certain foods that you may normally eat and replace them with healthier choices, which will also reduce your calorie-intake.
Cons of the Alkaline Diet?
Your body regulates its acidity levels, regardless of a diet, When cutting down on dairy products such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, you might need to find other calcium substitutes, as cutting out an entire food group is never a good idea,
Getting to grips with what you can and can’t eat on the diet can be time-consuming, particularly in the beginning.
Expertspeak about the Alkaline Diet
The theory of the Alkaline Diet rests on the fact that eating certain foods can help maintain the body’s ideal pH balance (acidity levels) to improve one’s overall health. But the body maintains its pH balance regardless of diet. However, the diet lacks evidence and some versions advice that cutting out entire food groups should be avoided. A more balanced version of the diet provides a variety and includes all sorts of food groups.