You Should Know

January 2016 Issue

The Alkaline Diet

The alkaline diet promises to help you lose weight and fix your health. There’s not much proof to back up the hype on this diet, but it may have a few positive impacts.

The popularity of alkaline diets is soaring; a Google search yields over 2.4 million hits on the topic. Alkaline diets are based on the theory that some foods—meats, dairy, eggs, grains, and processed foods—make your body produce more acid, while other foods—fruits, vegetables, and legumes—produce alkaline. By reducing acid, this diet claims to promote weight loss and optimal health. While there is little proof that it’s a weight loss quick fix, the diet—with its emphasis on healthful foods—may have some bone and kidney benefits.

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