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Here is an interesting article that gives the acidity values of several foods, and discusses trying to achieve a net negative PRAL score (alkaline). Seems none of us should have any trouble hitting it out of the park, unless all we eat is brown rice and coca cola. :-)
I totally agree about the dairy. One of the sources cited in the article (from Harvard) addresses this issue.
I don't know why this particular article excluded it. Personal bias maybe? The Harvard resource also says we really only need about 8 grams of protein per 20 pounds of body weight! I know I get way too much protein and am trying to cut back. Even eating vegan, between beans, nuts, broccoli, and whole grains, I'm running high.
Edited by: JULESRULES78 at: 3/29/2012 (09:05)
Thanks for the article. Good info and a quick read to pass on to those who are ready to absorb the information. I second Raw's warning that dairy is included in this. The article mentioned animal proteins over and over but never actually said "dairy". Maybe they're afraid the big bad dairy industry might come down on them, but in general, cheese has been found to be the most acidic of all animal proteins. I learned that through Dr. Michael Gregor's nutritional video series. I'm very happy to be a vegan!
Please include dairy. I wish I had time to read that article. Sorry! LOL But animal products of any type are acidic to our bodies. In order to nutrilize this acidity our body USES calcium and that is from our bones. So drinking milk, eating meat, consuming phakephood, processed phood which contains milk and meat dirivities causes osteo. Same with calcium supplements.
To get calcium, drink a green smoothie each day and eat a wonderful salad. And, of course go organic produce!
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Just read this article that talks about a link between eating meat and osteoporosis. Very interesting.