The Alkaline Diet: Fact or Fad?

An investigation into alkaline diets.

Deakin Nutrition

The idea that certain foods can alter the acidity or alkalinity of your body, and this can then go on to cause or treat all sorts of health problems is a popular concept in alternative nutrition circles. To see if there is any scientific evidence to support following an ‘alkaline diet’,  Master of Human Nutrition student Melissa Ferguson digs deeper.

Alkaline diet principles

At first glance, alkaline diets have similarities to the Australian Dietary Guidelines. They recommend eating lots of vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts, exercising daily and avoiding or limiting fats, sugars, refined foods, salt, alcohol, tobacco, coffee and tea. However, while the Australian Dietary Guidelines advocate modest consumption of meat and dairy and quite a large portion of whole grains, alkaline diets instruct that these foods make up 20% or less of the diet combined.

Alkaline diets also distinguish between low sugar fruits as being alkaline (for…

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