I’m going to be That Guy™ who jumps in and says cutting out carbs isn’t a fad diet. Doctors have experimented with keto diets to treat various health issues since the 1930s, and it clearly brings results, not even just weight loss. It’s silly to make the claim that just because something is popular, it should be avoided as a “fad diet”. Do the research, read arguments from both sides of a debate, and make your own decision.
From juice detoxes to SoulCycle, there’s always some transformative cure-all making the rounds. Recently, the benefits of alkaline water and a veggie-rich alkaline diet have been in the news, finding support from the notably not-so-scientific likes of Dr. Oz. Proponents of alkaline water — that is, water that possesses a higher, less-acidic pH thanks to having fewer hydrogen ions — claim the stuff can do anything from preventing cancer and fighting off illness to simply increasing energy, all by altering the pH of the drinker’s body. But the scientific community is fighting back by insisting that, like most cure-alls, alkaline water actually cures nothing.
Out of curiosity I bought two different brands of water claiming to be “alkaline” from Whole Foods. I tested both with a pH meter (at about 22 degrees C) and they measured 6.9 and 7.0. So, pretty neutral and not alkaline at all. I wrote one of the companies and never heard back.
Not only is the alkaline water not doing anything for you, but it might not even be alkaline to begin with.
Most of us have a vague idea of how digestion works: we eat food, break it down (that’s the scientific term, right?) and, somehow, profit. But without a better understanding of what goes on in there, we’re liable to believe a few bizarre myths that have become commonplace.
In reality, our digestive tract is a complex system with many parts that communicate with each other and the rest of our body. It’s also very adaptable to what we put in it, and doesn’t need specific food combinations or “cleanses” to keep working at its best. Here are some of the top myths about digestion, and the truths behind them.