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Last updated December 5, 2017, originally published July 20,
2016


By Louise Carr, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist

It’s a pitch you can’t ignore – lose weight, feel great, and even
avoid cancer and heart disease on the alkaline diet. The idea is
that some foods and drinks are causing your body to produce
too much acid, which has serious health effects. Foods like
wheat, meat and processed meals should be avoided and one
type of drink is especially bad – carbonated soda. Carbonated
sodas are one of the most acidic things you can drink. And they
are giving your blood big problems. How? Here’s why
carbonated soda is an acidic danger.

First, Some Chemistry

Everything is acid or alkaline (or neutral). A pH level is the
measure of how acid or alkaline a food or drink is. For example,
a pH of 1 is highly acidic while pH 14 is alkaline. The neutral pH
is 7. Your blood maintains a slightly alkaline pH level, at around
7.35 to 7.45. The theory behind the alkaline diet is that some
foods and drinks push the blood pH level into dangerously
acidic zones. Following the alkaline diet and avoiding things like
soda help your body keep its regular blood pH level.


There is some debate in the scientific community as to whether
any diet can really affect your blood PH. Maintaining your blood
PH within the tight band between 7.35 and 7.4 is literally a
matter of life and death, and your body enlists chemical
mechanisms, plus your lungs and kidneys to ensure that the
band is not easily  exceeded. In the rare case when the PH
bands are exceeded, you will be in a state of life or death
emergency.


What Foods Are Acidic and Which Are Alkaline?






























The best foods to eat are alkaline-producing foods like fruit
(including bananas, berries, grapes, melon, oranges, lemons,
peaches and apple), vegetables (including cucumber, lettuce,
kale, peas, peppers, celery, and spinach), soybeans, tofu, some
nuts like almonds and chestnuts, seeds, and legumes.

Acid-producing foods are dairy, eggs, processed foods
including canned foods and snack foods, soda, and alcohol and
should be avoided.

However, you should note one important point: for the
purposes of an alkaline diet
the acid tendency of a food is not
based on its actual pH but on its effect on the body
.

Citrus fruits are very acidic but they contain citric acid which is
actually alkalizing in the blood.

What’s the Big Problem with Carbonated Drinks?

Some foods and drinks are particularly acid-producing and
substantially raise the pH level of the blood. Carbonated sodas
are highly acidic and contain phosphoric acid – Coke has a pH
of 2, Pepsi 2.3, lemonade 2.5, Dr Pepper 2.7, and Sprite 3.
They raise the body’s blood pH level significantly.

Why You Should Care About Acidic-Producing Soda

Soda is part of an American diet that is highly acid-forming,
according to experts on the alkaline diet who say that Western
diets generate approximately 50-100 mEq acid/d, putting
healthy adults at risk of low-grade metabolic acidosis,
according to a 2010 study from the University Hospital (CHUV),
Lausanne, Switzerland.

When too much acid is produced, the body becomes
overwhelmed – metabolic acidosis. Eating alkaline-producing
foods and avoiding things like sofa helps bring back the
balance – and could even help you lose weight, improve the
health of your bones, cut the risk of heart disease and prevent
cancer.

What’s the Evidence?

Acid-producing soda and other acid-producing foods raise the
risk of acid reflux, according to a 2007 study from eVamor
Products, Inc. Acid reflux is the result, these scientists say, of a
long-term acid imbalance.

The stomach cannot digest significant amounts of acidic foods
and drinks like soda, and the acid waste causes increased
stomach gas and stomach spasms which force open the valve
between esophagus and stomach, resulting in acid reflux.
However, since this study was the work of a manufacturer of
alkaline mineral water, the results should be taken with a pinch
of salt.

From a more neutral source – the University of Alberta, Canada
in 2012 – a study looked at articles in scientific databases on
acid-producing foods and drinks like sodas, and concluded
“there may be some value in considering an alkaline diet in
reducing morbidity and mortality from chronic diseases and
further studies are warranted in this area of medicine.”

Carbonated Soda Results in Weaker Muscles?

There is evidence that diets high in soda and other acid-
producing foods and drinks result in a loss of lean muscle mass.

A 2008 study from the Jean Mayer US Department of
Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts
University, Boston says that alkaline diets favor lean muscle
mass in older adults and diets high in acid-producing foods and
drinks may therefore contribute to a reduction in lean muscle
mass in this population. The study looked at 384 men and
women in a three-year trial.

Carbonated Sodas and Bone Health

A 2010 study from the University Hospital (CHUV), Lausanne,
Switzerland looked at how acid-producing foods and drinks like
carbonated sodas are bad for your bones.

The scientists looked at an elderly Swiss population in the
EVAluation of Nutrients Intakes and Bone Ultra Sound Study
and found that a high acid load may be an important risk factor
for
fracture and bone weakness in elderly people.

Why? Bone helps reduce levels of excess acid in the blood but
when there is too much acid, it causes bones to dissolve too
fast.

Minerals stored in the bones like calcium phosphate are drawn
upon to help buffer the effect of the strong phosphoric acid in
carbonated soda. This mineral is an important component in
bones and teeth but the more acid you produce, the more
calcium phosphate is needed to neutralize it.

Too many sodas and there is not enough calcium phosphate
left to build healthy bones and teeth.

Cola, it seems, is particularly bad. A 2006 study by the Jean
Mayer US Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research
Center on Aging, Tufts University, Boston shows that colas but
not other carbonated drinks are associated with low mineral
density in older women. The researchers looked at 1413
women and 1125 men as part of the Framingham Osteoporosis
Study. Cola intake was associated with significantly lower bone
mineral density at the hips in women. The same results were
seen for diet cola as well as caffeine free cola.

Do Carbonated Sodas Really Turn Your Blood into Acid?

It sounds extreme, so is it really true that drinking soda turns
your blood acid? It is true that soda has phosphoric acid which
has an acidic effect on the blood. But many experts say that
foods and drinks do not ---in fact, cannot --- substantially
change the pH of the blood as the body has automatic
mechanisms to adjust levels over time.

Drinking less soda and eating more alkaline foods in line with
the alkaline diet does have considerable health benefits,
however.

Decreased soda consumption and increased vegetable intake
reduce the risk of
heart disease, hypertension, and stroke;
while increased magnesium intake helps the enzyme system
function says a study from the University of Alberta, Canada in
2012.

Eating well and limiting carbonated soda in your diet helps your
overall health and also helps you relieve the workload on your
body's mechanisms which keep your pH balance in check.














































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