Eating too much meat raises risk of diabetes regardless of vegetable intake
The modern Standard American Diet (which we are all eating) is an extremely acidic diet and causes varied diseases.
“We have demonstrated for the first time in a large prospective study that dietary acid load was positively associated with type II diabetes risk, independently of other known risk factors for diabetes. A diet rich in animal protein may favor net acid intake, while most fruits and vegetables form alkaline precursors that neutralize the acidity. Contrary to what is generally believed, most fruits such as peaches, apples, pears and bananas and even lemons and oranges actually reduce dietary acid load once the body has processed them. From a public health perspective, dietary recommendations should not only incriminate specific food groups but also include recommendations on the overall quality of the diet, notably to maintain an adequate acid balance”
Dr. Guy Fagherazzi, PhD, of Gustave Roussy Institute in Villejuif in France, and Dr. Francoise Clavel-Chapelon, of the Center for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health at INSERM, in Paris, November 12, 2013.
“What we currently know for sure is that the best way to avoid type II diabetes is to maintain a healthy weight by getting plenty of exercise and eating a healthy balanced diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables and low in fat, salt and sugar”
Dr Richard Elliott, Diabetes UK.
What did the study find?
- Women eating the most acid-forming foods (animal foods such as meat, cheese, animal fats, processed foods, white flour and soft drinks), were 70% more likely to develop type II diabetes compared to women eating the least acid-forming foods.
- Fruit and vegetables did not completely compensate for the effect of the poor acidic foods.
Study by Faherazzi G, et al “Dietary acid load and risk of type 2 diabetes: The E3N-EPIC cohort study” as published in Diabetologia 2103; DOI: 10.1007/s00125-013-3100-0. This long-term French E3N-EPIC cohort study by researchers from the Centre for research in Epidemiology and Population Health in France and INSERM medical research institute in Paris, followed 66,485 women who had their health tracked for 14 years. This major European study is looking at cancer and nutrition. These researchers analysed their diets by assessing the Potential Renal Acid Load (PRAL), and found that women who ate the most meat, cheese, animal fats, processed foods, white flour and soft drinks and other ingredients of an acidic diet had 70% higher levels of type II diabetes. Potential Renal Acid Load (PRAL) is an index used to grade how much of an acidifying or alkalising effect that different foods have on the body once digested. INSERM is the French equivalent of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The study was supported by the Mutuelle Générale de l’Education Nationale, the Institut de Cancerologie Gustave Roussy, and the Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale. The validation of potential diabetes cases was supported by the European Union InterAct project. As reported by Diabetes UK, MedPage Today, WebMD News, The Independent, HealthDay News and The Daily Mail on November 12, 2013.