Diets aimed at reducing acidity are becoming increasingly popular, with celebs like Victoria Beckham touting their benefits; and now a brand-new study lends some clout. After tracking over 65,000 women for 14 years, French scientists found that an acidic diet was tied to a 56% greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared with one that was more alkaline.
What does that mean? In a nutshell, the foods you eat are metabolized into compounds that either promote acidity, or form alkaline substances, which counter acidity. Animal proteins are particularly acid-forming, while vegetables and fruits are generally alkalizing.Â In the study, researchers found that a high acid load can interfere with proper insulin function, thus the diabetes connection.
This study is intriguing, and in line with dozens of others that demonstrate the merits of eating more plant-based meals, from weight loss and beauty benefits to a better sex life! To reap the rewards–even if youâ€™re not ready to go vegetarian full time–try out these five easy and delicious ways to replace animal-based foods with more (alkalizing) plants: portobello-mushroom-d-400×400.jpg . Bonus: youâ€™ll up your intake of metabolism-boosting vitamin D.
cauliflower-ck-1134035-x.jpg , creamy soups, dips, and casseroles. Simply steam the cauliflower to retain moisture, mash, blend, and fold into the mix. Bonus: youâ€™ll boost your consumption of filling fiber and load up on potent natural cancer fighters.
avocado-crohns-400×400.jpg with minced garlic, a little apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, fresh basil leaves, and black pepper. This combo is perfect for leafy greens, or as a coating for other chilled veggie side dishes, like a cucumber salad or slaw. Bonus: youâ€™ll take in more anti-aging vitamin E, as well as healthy fats tied to a slimmer waistline.
almond-milk-crohns-400×400.jpg , oatmeal, soups, and sauces, try unsweetened â€œmilkâ€ made from almonds, flax, or sunflower seeds. These replacements work well in both sweet and savory dishes, and may provide less than half the calories of even skim milk per cup. Bonus: the good fats in these plant milks support healthy circulation and protect your heart.
Cynthia SassÂ is a registered dietitian with masterâ€™s degrees in both nutrition science and public health. Frequently seen onÂ national TV, sheâ€™s Healthâ€™s contributing nutrition editor, and privately counselsÂ clientsÂ in New York, Los Angeles, and long distance. Cynthia is currently the sports nutrition consultant to the New York Rangers NHL team and the Tampa Bay Rays MLB team, and is board certified as a specialist in sports dietetics. Her latest New York Times best seller isÂ S.A.S.S! Yourself Slim: Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches. Connect with Cynthia onÂ Facebook,Â TwitterÂ andÂ Pinterest.