Well, they're why Elle MacPherson carries a pee testing kit in her purse.
Claims that an 'alkaline' diet can improve health are growing, with cookbooks and supplements offered. But doctors and researchers say the promises are specious.
The alkaline diet touted by Hollywood celebrities for weight loss and to avoid diseases such as cancer and osteoporosis promotes eating more vegetables, but the premise behind it is junk science, some experts say.
Although the idea of eating mainly alkaline foods isn’t a new one, the diet has recently gained popularity thanks to Honestly Healthy - the food delivery service and popular cookbook.
There isn't a lot of medical evidence to back up the theory behind this vegetable-heavy diet, but take a look for yourself.
Whether you’ve got a cabinet full of pH strips or this is the first you’re hearing of it, the alkaline diet (also called the alkaline ash diet or the acid-ash diet) has been a part of the posh set since the Spice Girl herself tweeted about it in 2013.
I’m not sure if the science behind the alkaline diet holds up. That being said, much of the advice regarding alkaline eating is similar to the federal healthy eating guidelines currently in place: lots of fruit, vegetables, lentils, peas, almonds, garlic, olive oil, certain whole grains, drinking lots of water and eliminating sugar, alcohol, and processed foods. It doesn’t seem like a harmful diet. At least you get to chew actual food.
Pros & Cons,
Heavy on fresh produce,
Lots of rules to remember,
Little research to back it up.
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