The alkaline diet is a healthy eating trend currently making waves across the globe.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham are among the celebrities to hail the brilliance of eating ‘alkalising’ foods and the health benefits they can bring.
The basis of the alkaline diet is that too much animal protein and low levels of fruit and vegetables undermines health – ‘acidifying’ the body’s pH balance and leading to an increased risk of disease.
Eating a high alkaline diet is thought improve energy levels, slow down the ageing process and prevent the development of health conditions such as osteoporosis.
A high acid diet tends to include red meat, processed meat, hard cheese and fried foods. The acidity value is calculated via a PRAL score – the potential renal acid load.
In reality, there is little evidence to support these claims. Many experts believe that the alkaline theory is warped because the body already...