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Why do herbivores say that meat is acidic and thus harmful?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created April 04, 2013 at 5:16 AM

I'm really curious about why I keep hearing, as an argument for vegetarianism or veganism, that meat is an acidic food that will make our bodies acidic and thus unhealthy. I've heard it about fat, too. Are people drawing quick and dirty conclusions from the word "acid" in "amino acid" and "fatty acid"? Is it in some bestseller somewhere, repeated into oblivion by those who haven't studied the metabolism of protein? Is it a myth of conventional wisdom on par with "drink 8 glasses of water a day"? Or is there some truth to any of it, which has been taken out of proportion?

I'm very interested in learning the origin (and maybe development) of this piece of the no-meat argument. I'm not scared of science, so bring on the big words and strings of syllables! In fact, I'd love to hear the convoluted science behind any answers to this.

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on April 04, 2013
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ty for link ..:)

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on April 04, 2013
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I just read the sciencebasedpharmacy.com article yesterday, and it's fascinating.

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at 12:19 PM

Mary, isn't it just as likely that the protein from meat offset the acidifying nature of meat?

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"The consumption of magnesium, potassium, fruits and vegetables were associated with lower bone loss over four years. But protein, which the pH balance advocates claim will reduce bone mineral density, was also associated with less bone loss.[1] That is, higher consumption of protein protected bone strength. This effect has been shown in other studies. So it appears the acid-base theory isn’t as simple as advocates claim." more here- 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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89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

on April 04, 2013
at 05:45 AM

{thanks to dragon fly for the following link }

read here-

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

http://paleohacks.com/questions/189417/are-ph-strips-just-bs#axzz2PTDwygZi

???The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly - it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over??? ???

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on April 04, 2013
at 06:04 PM

ty for link ..:)

74786bbe8254844304a33943290c4d6d

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on April 04, 2013
at 04:07 PM

I just read the sciencebasedpharmacy.com article yesterday, and it's fascinating.

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on April 04, 2013
at 02:59 PM

It's a non issue, or vegan propaganda, take your pick.

Stomach acid is far more acidic than anything we can eat. Whenever you see this kind of argument, run away, you're dealing with pure woo, and the conversation will soon devolve into chakras and other similar buffalo droppings.

We get plenty of antacids from our foods. Even lemon juice isn't as acidic as stomach acid, it's a relative alkaline compared to it.

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on April 04, 2013
at 05:30 AM

Well its true....in a way. Acidic foods can put a little stress on bones. The blood gets acidic and the body borrows calcium from the bones and puts in into the bloodstream to compensate. But animal proteins are only slightly acidic, plus bones of humans are built just a little bit thicker to offset for the expected calcium loss. On the other hand, processed foods like soda and also grains are very very acidic. Grains usually have phytic acid and sulfuric acid. Oh, and if you are sure to eat a lot of dark veggies you are already doing the best thing to have strong bones.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on April 04, 2013
at 12:19 PM

Mary, isn't it just as likely that the protein from meat offset the acidifying nature of meat?

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on April 04, 2013
at 05:54 AM

"The consumption of magnesium, potassium, fruits and vegetables were associated with lower bone loss over four years. But protein, which the pH balance advocates claim will reduce bone mineral density, was also associated with less bone loss.[1] That is, higher consumption of protein protected bone strength. This effect has been shown in other studies. So it appears the acid-base theory isn’t as simple as advocates claim." more here- 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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