Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Controversial Diet Worth a Look; Taking out Acidic Food and Eating Only Alkaline Could Be the Answer for You

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Controversial Diet Worth a Look; Taking out Acidic Food and Eating Only Alkaline Could Be the Answer for You

Article excerpt

A CONTROVERSIAL alkaline diet is based on the theory that certain foods, when consumed, leave an alkaline residue, while others leave an acid residue.

The diet, whose most famous promoter is Dr Robert Young, argues that we eat way too much acidic food in the west and no-where near enough alkaline.

There is, however, a good reason for this.

It's because almost every tasty food on the planet falls into the acid category while all the foods that give kids nightmares are over on the alkaline shelf.

Meat? Acid. Cheese? Acid.

Sweets? Acid. Chocolate? Acid.

Sugar? Acid. Every kind of alcoholic drink? You just know that one's acid.

So just what, if any, foods aren't acid?

Well, there's your greens and beans. You know, scrummy party foods like ... alfalfa, broccoli, artichokes, green beans, bok choy ... you get the picture.

Dr Annie Guillet's Alkaline Cook Book is a noble attempt to put together recipes for every meal and beverages which lean towards the alkaline end of the food chain.

Guillet also includes in this book a complete diet plan which, if followed, would have you more alkaline than an Eveready battery.

However, you would certainly have to be committed to the cause.

For example, unless my life depended on it, I can't see myself ever happily chowing down a bowl of asteamed greensa for breakfast.

Given that this diet excludes many food groups, you would want to see your GP before even thinking about starting on it.

However, if you, like me, are concerned about the huge amount of acidic unhealthy food in your diet, this book has heaps of recipes that will inspire you to create meals that will detox your system and give your body a break from all the rubbish.

There are plenty of tasty and healthy fruit and vegetable drinks (Spicy Avocado Shake, anyone?).

And not all the breakfasts are as daunting as the steamed greens.

At the more tasty end of the food spectrum are such brekky recipes as Buckwheat Crepes with Cinnamon Cream, and Earthly Muesli. …

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