Gywneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston and Victoria Beckham all swear by this new revolution. It is based on the idea that our modern diets cause our body to produce too much acid.
The theory is that excess acid in the body is turned into fat, leading to weight gain. As well as extra weight, high acidity levels have also been blamed on conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, tiredness, kidney and liver disorders.
The Alkaline diet recommends cutting back on acid-producing foods such as meat, wheat and other grains, refined sugar, dairy products, caffeine, alcohol and processed foods in favour of “alkaline foods”, which reduce the body’s acidity levels. This translates as plenty of fruit and vegetables.
The idea is that an alkaline diet helps to maintain the body’s acidity at healthy levels. There are different versions of the alkaline diet. Some followers adopt the “80/20 rule” consisting of a diet based on 80% fruit and veg and 20% grains and protein.
The diet contains plenty of good healthy eating advice, such cutting down on meat, avoiding sugar, alcohol and processed foods and eating more fruit and veg, nuts, seeds and legumes. This means that you will be cutting out foods you may normally eat and replacing them with healthier choices, which will also reduce your calorie intake.