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Myths about the Alkaline Diet

peppersCan food change your blood pH measurement? Proponents of the alkaline diet claim that eating alkaline foods can prevent many ailments, including cancer, by changing your blood pH, or acid content.

This fad diet eliminates dairy, eggs, meats and cheeses from the diet. It allows fruits, vegetables, nuts, and plant-based protein foods like beans and soy products.

The body does its own work to regulate blood pH. What foods you eat will not change how the body does this work. While foods can change urine pH, food will not change blood pH or cause negative health issues.

The best diet is eating from all food groups and in moderation.


About Karen Blakeslee

The Rapid Response Center was formed in 1995 as a resource for Kansas State University Research & Extension Agents. Resource topics included Food Science, Human Nutrition, Food Service, Textiles, Home Care and other consumer topics. Since that time, the Center has grown to be of valuable assistance to Kansas State University Extension Specialists in those areas.

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