What is the alkaline diet and how does it work?
We spoke with sports dietitian Chloe McLeod from Health Performance Collective, to discover the ins and outs of this lesser known diet. Chloe explained that “the alkaline diet encourages higher consumption of fruits, vegetables and plant-based foods, whilst restricting less healthy, processed foods.”
Also known as an acid ash diet or the alkaline ash diet, the regimen focuses on eating 70 per cent of alkaline foods and 30 per cent acidic foods by doing so you create a pH balance in the body.
What are the health benefits?
Advocates of the alkaline diet believe that the regimen decreases the risk of chronic diseases and helps improve overall health, although there is no scientific research or evidence to confirm these claims.
Scientifically speaking Chloe remarked that “there are not enough reliable human studies to support the alkaline diet ‘working’ as a result of alkalising the body.”
Chloe’s pros and cons of the Alkaline Diet:
Cons - The premise that this diet improves health due to its alkalising effects is not supported by reliable human studies.
Pros - It encourages higher consumption of vegetables and other plant foods
Does it work for weight loss?
There is no solid scientific evidence to confirm that the alkaline diet will result in weight loss.
What’s the difference between alkaline and acidic foods?
High alkaline foods
- Mustard Greens
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Green Tea
High acid foods
- Peanut Butter
- White Pasta and Bread
- Corn Oil
- Beer & Hard Alcohol
Can you drink alcohol?
On the alkaline diet, alcohol and caffeine are completely off limits.
Sample Alkaline Diet Meal Plan
Breakfast: tofu scramble with garlic, avocado and tomatoes
Snack: banana and a handful of almonds
Lunch: Dark green leafy salad with lentils and
Snack: Smoothie with almond milk, a handful of kale, a frozen banana and a spoonful of almond butter.
Dinner: Asian-inspired salad, tofu, edamame shredded carrot and an apple cider vinegar dressing
Alkaline Recipes and Snacks
Super green smoothie
Roast broccolini with lentils and preserved lemon
Tofu and pumpkin salad with a hazelnut dressing