Paleo. Keto. DASH. Plant-based. Intermittent fasting. Whole30. With so many different trends to choose from, it’s tricky to figure out which eating plan is the right choice for you, and which should be written off as an ineffective (and possibly dangerous) fad. Here’s everything you need to know about the alkaline diet.
Wait, what’s the alkaline diet? The general gist is that dieters replace more acidic foods with ingredients that have an alkaline pH of 7 or higher. (High school science flashback: a pH of 7 is neutral. Anything lower is acidic. Anything higher is basic.) Proponents of the diet believe that eating mostly alkaline foods will help keep your blood pH level as alkaline as possible. In turn, the diet is thought to reduce your risk of developing a number of diseases, including cancer and arthritis, as well as increase energy levels, reduce inflammation and a host of other health benefits. (More about those claims later.)
And what can I eat? Any food with an alkaline (or basic) pH level is permitted on this diet, including most fruits and veggies, tofu, soybeans and some nuts (like almonds), beans (like pinto beans) and seeds (like flaxseeds).
So what can’t I eat? Dieters eat anything that creates an acidic pH in the body sparingly, including meat, eggs, most dairy (goat milk is allowed), most grains and processed foods (bye, Doritos). Caffeine and alcohol are no-no’s, too.