The acid-alkaline myth

If you eat meat, will your blood become acidic, leading to osteoporosis and cancer? This is what some people still believe.

However, as humans have been eating meat since about forever, it would be pretty weird if our bodies couldn’t handle it without breaking down!

The big Paleo star Chris Kresser gave a talk on the science behind the Acid-Alkaline theories at the recent Paleo f(x) conference. I did a brief video interview with him about it and you can see all of it above.

Paleo f(x) 2015

If you want to watch all the ten on-site interviews we did – with people like Mark Sisson – you can check them out right away at the membership site.

In addition to these we did two longer and higher-quality sit-down interviews at the conference. These are coming up as soon as they are edited – there is a lot more work involved with them.

The Acid-Alkaline Myth – Chris Kresser


  1. T33CH
    This myth is funny because most vegan/vegetarians dont know that grains are acid. They rail against meat being acid forming yet stuff their mouths full of grains. Oh the ignorance. Lastly, they don't even realize that food doesn't alter blood ph, only urine ph.
  2. Lori Miller
    Thank you for posting this. Alkalyzing diets are just vegetarianism dressed up as science. Sadly, at least one person died trying to cure herself of cancer on such a diet.

  3. Nate
    Hey, when is Cereal Killer 2 coming to Diet Doctor?
    Reply: #4
  4. Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, MD Team Diet Doctor
    As soon as possible. ;)
    Reply: #5
  5. tz
    I'd be careful of the word "myth".
    For the last few decades, "carbs make you fat" was a "myth"
    Acid/Alkaline is a state, but it needs to be quantified and explored, not dismissed.
  6. marika
    I agree: study it, especially anomalies or limit situation.
    What happens to systemic buffers and calcium in sarcopenia if urine Ca & proteins are not compendated by food (appetite loss)?
  7. Jonathan
    Why is an acupuncturist and purveyor of homeopathic "stress relief" products being given a platform here? If I want to learn about acupuncture, cupping, and magical thinking I can go to facebook.

    Dr. Eenfeldt: Are you really comfortable as an M.D. steering your patients towards someone who position on vaccines is, "there’s a lot of hype and propaganda on both sides" and "you can’t make a decision on whether to vaccinate your children only based on the data, because the data are insufficient to lead to a really conclusive recommendation" is either an evidence based site, or it is not.

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