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    Interesting articles in Matt Metzgar's blog (http://2.ly/g2h):


    - Diet-dependent acid load, Paleolithic nutrition, and evolutionary health promotion (PDF): http://2.ly/g2k


    - Estimation of the diet-dependent net acid load in 229 worldwide historically studied hunter-gatherer societies (full text): http://2.ly/g2j


    It is also mentioned that the Inuit appeared to suffer from osteoporosis as a result if their highly plant-free, acidic diet.


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    Makes me think that, if the path to ideal health is a pH balanced diet, I would be screwed because, while I do have varied green non-starchy salads on a regular-ish basis, I always use balsamic vinegar as dressing, which has a low pH...

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    Thanks for posting those, SS. (The first one wouldn't come up for me.)


    From what I've read about acid/alkaline balance, grains & sugars are very acidic, and I think that is a big part of the problem in the SAD diet.


    It would be interesting to see a study done with proponents of zero carb over the long haul, but it was good to see those comparisons. . .reminds me that it's definitely all about thriving and not just weight loss.


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    SS, there is more to acid/alkaline balance than the pH of the food. You'll be glad to know that balsamic vinegar is not highly acid forming, even though it has a low pH: http://preventdisease.com/fitness/nutrition/articles/acid_base_chart.html


    There is some variability as to food rankings among the various sources of information: http://www.angelfire.com/az/sthursto...oods_list.html and http://www.anti-aging-today.org/nutrition/alkaline-acid-foods.htm


    Maybe the thing to do is look for overall trends.


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    Does the Inuit diet provide adequate levels of vitamin D (50-80 ng/mL)?

    Seems unlikely.


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    Olive oil is Alkaline - just use an olive oil dressing on a salad with broccolli, olives, and celery in it.


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    Dualhammers, are you sure? Some sources have olive oil under Acidifying foods.


    This one for instance...

    http://www.thewolfeclinic.com/acidalkfoods.html


    edit: just found this one, and olive oil is under most alkaline. What now? :S


    http://preventdisease.com/fitness/nutrition/articles/acid_base_chart.html


    I'm curious because it's my biggest source of fats!

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    It is right on the cusp of acidic and alkaline. As a fruit it can be slightly acidic, but the oil is slightly alkaline.


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    Does drinking organic apple cider vinegar make your body more acidic or alkaline? I used to do it in the past, but stopped for fear that it would do the former.

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    Interesting that hydrogenated oils are listed as &#39;most alkaline&#39;


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