The recently published results of a 14-year study of the association between an acidic diet and the development of Type 2 diabetes have given plenty of merit to the popular diets followed by thousands of people, including well known celebrities like Victoria Beckham.
Results of the study that followed more than 65,000 women in France indicate that diets high in acidity can lead to a nearly 60% greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, as compared with diets that are more alkaline.
What does it mean to call a diet acidic or alkaline? Many people are asking this question, wondering how they can make the necessary changes that will lead to better health and a lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Every food that you consume has either acidic or alkaline qualities once metabolized. For example, animal proteins are especially acidic, but most fruits and vegetables are considered to be alkaline. Alkaline foods can balance acidic foods, and it is not necessary to completely eliminate all acidic foods from your diet, as there are often nutritional benefits to these foods. But, making sure that your overall diet is more alkaline than acidic can help.
How does an acidic diet contribute to the risk of diabetes? When your body is more acidic, the pancreas has a more difficult time generating and distributing the insulin that is required for healthy function. Without a proper insulin balance, diabetes can develop.
What this study truly confirms is that a diet that is more plant based is healthier. You do not have to become fully vegetarian to experience the benefits and advantages, but incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet will not only make your body less acidic and reduce the risk for diabetes, but you will probably lose weight and have more energy too.
Here are some great ways to integrate more fruits and veggies into your diet, and make your body more alkaline:
Reducing the acidity in your body can have significant effects when trying to decrease the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Try these easy and tasty substitutions to make a difference in your diet!