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Is the Acid Base Balance Theory important?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 05, 2010 at 5:07 AM

This is a big question for me. Do we have to worry about eating diets that are "acidifying"- too much meat, not enough veg. Supposedly the body then has to pull calcium from the bones to buffer the blood.

On one hand we have Stephen from Whole Health Source, who doesn't put much stock in it. On the other hand we have Don from Primal Wisdom who seems to think it's very important. What do you think?

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on November 19, 2011
at 03:17 AM

That is to say, there's none.

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on November 19, 2011
at 03:16 AM

Yep, here's the list:

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on November 19, 2011
at 03:16 AM

Yep, here's the list: (i.e. none)

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on June 16, 2011
at 05:06 AM

Why is it a high-fat diet?

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on April 27, 2011
at 06:49 PM

Why shouldn't it be a high meat diet?

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on March 05, 2010
at 04:23 PM

The jury is out for me on this one too. However, I know the low-fat/veggie advocates have long used this argument to scare people away from consumption of meat.

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on March 05, 2010
at 03:51 PM

Thanks for the link. It was very helpful!

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on March 05, 2010
at 03:42 PM

I agree in principle, but it would be great to see Stephan do a step-by-step rebuttal. Could be other things going on than acid/base balance, but I don't know enough science to make even an educated guess.

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on March 05, 2010
at 12:42 PM

I'm not yet convinced and don't worry about it too much. Less worry is always better. I certainly don't think that old intuit bones are the smoking gun. Readers might enjoy this post on the topic:

http://livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog/?p=7270

Edit: Here's another nice link on the topic. I'm still interested in this. I even got a chemistry lesson on acidity from my father in law. ;-)

http://sciencebasedpharmacy.wordpress.com/2009/11/13/your-urine-is-not-a-window-to-your-body-ph-balancing-a-failed-hypothesis/

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(6157)

on March 05, 2010
at 03:51 PM

Thanks for the link. It was very helpful!

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on March 05, 2010
at 05:18 AM

Don is great and I appreciate his blog a lot, but I would defer to Stephan in almost every case. Plus... my inclination to believe that a carnivorous diet supplies all our necessary nutrients leads me to think that the acid/base "dilemma" is another never-no-mind.

77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

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on March 05, 2010
at 03:42 PM

I agree in principle, but it would be great to see Stephan do a step-by-step rebuttal. Could be other things going on than acid/base balance, but I don't know enough science to make even an educated guess.

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on March 06, 2010
at 11:54 AM

Based on a bunch of reading I've done, combined with personal experience, I do believe that the concept of acid/base balance is valid.

However, remember that Paleo should not be a high-meat diet: it's a high-fat diet.

If you look at the list of acid/base balance at this page, you'll see that carbs actually present a high acid load, while fats such as cream do not. So, if you simply replace carbs with fat, you will be more alkaline than you would be otherwise.

For me, I've found that maintaining a decent amount of low-carb veggies in my diet, to balance the meat, seems to work great. The more extreme approach, using fruit, isn't needed.

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on April 27, 2011
at 06:49 PM

Why shouldn't it be a high meat diet?

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(774)

on June 16, 2011
at 05:06 AM

Why is it a high-fat diet?

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on April 27, 2011
at 06:43 PM

Is there a list of animal foods(meat diary) which are alkaline?

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on November 19, 2011
at 03:16 AM

Yep, here's the list:

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on November 19, 2011
at 03:16 AM

Yep, here's the list: (i.e. none)

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on November 19, 2011
at 03:17 AM

That is to say, there's none.

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