Bad for Your Heart: The Alkaline Diet
The idea of following the Alkaline diet is that by lowering the acidity of your body, you’ll be healthier and less prone to illnesses such as heart disease.
Enthusiasts of this diet claim that consuming mostly alkaline foods (such as vegetables, beans and legumes, some fruit, almonds, chia seeds, and buckwheat) and avoiding acidic foods (such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, grains, most nuts and seeds, berries, alcohol, sugar, and caffeine) can balance out the acidity in your body and returns your body to a healthy pH.
Okay, vegetables and plant-based proteins are amazing for your heart, but there’s virtually no research to back up the claim that alkalinity is beneficial. In fact, berries and nuts are well known friends of the heart.
Here’s a typical day on the alkaline diet:
- Breakfast—Chia seed pudding made with almond milk.
- Lunch—Vegetable and bean salad.
- Snack—Apple with almond butter.
- Dinner—Salad with tofu and avocado.