Food Culture: Dieting - The Alkaline Diet

Before we scare you with the technicalities, we promise you haven’t gone confused with an article for scientists and this diet is truly a thing! Probably the last time you spoke about your alkali’s and acids was in school but who would have known that they might be what makes for a fitter you. One of the breakout diets of the last few years, it promises to improve energy levels and memory as well as help prevent headaches, bloating, heart disease, muscle pain and insomnia. Too good to be true surely?

The diet involves eating mainly alkaline foods in order to keep the body's pH between 7.35 and 7.45. The ultimate aim is to eat 80 per cent alkaline foods and 20 per cent acidic foods. The only way to really measure your eating the right amount….. you need to test your urine: a far from glamorous experience.


As a general rule of thumb though here are a couple of the foods that are acidic and alkaline:

Alkaline: Fresh fruit, vegetables, roots, nuts, and legumes are all good. Dates, figs, grapefruit, lemon, lime, fennel, broccoli, artichoke, asparagus, beetroot, kale, spinach, watercress and cauliflower.

Acidic: Pasta, wheat, all dairy products, meat, fish and shellfish, coffee, tea, sugar, fizzy drinks and alcohol are all out.


How to do it?

Most authors of cookbooks relating to the alkaline diet recommend a 80:20 split so your plate is often 4/5s of vegetables and the remaining will be proteins or grains. To be honest, this diet resembles most similarly what people would regard as a healthy diet and a lot of the foods asked to cut out here are as you would expect any GP to tell you for various reasons. 

Does it work?

Similarly to all our diets reviewed so far, there are both skeptics and enthusiasts for this diet. Specifically for the alkaline diet, less people often refer to its success at helping them lose weight quickly which is a main goal of main ‘fad’ diets however many of commented that the diet is better for a sense of wellbeing. They often refer to improvements with their skin, the feeling of bloatedness as well as more.


Read all the other blogs in our dieting series here.