N° 21 | March 2008

The impact of diet on the body’s acid-base equilibrium has long been ignored because of its extremely effective blood buffering systems. 

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Editorial

However, more and more studies suggest that Western-style diets, rich in meats and processed foods, are globally acidic. This is unfavourable to the entire organism and especially in maintaining skeletal mineral balance. Among regularly consumed foods, only fruits and vegetables, despite their sometimes acidic flavour, have alkaline properties due to their organic potassium salts. Many other foods (meat, cold cuts, salted cheese) are acidifying, whereas milk or cereal products are relatively neutral in terms of acid-base balance.

These fundamental bases must no longer be ignored. Nutritional recommendations, especially for osteoporosis, must now be based on the role of nutritional associations – milk products of course, but associated with fruits and vegetables. In the case of copious meals with meat and salty foods, fruits and vegetables would be the best antidote to excess proteins and salt.

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