Acid Alkaline Diet Expert Reviews

Star ratings reflect scores of 1 to 5 assigned to the Acid Alkaline Diet in seven categories by nutritionists, specialists in diabetes and heart disease, and other diet experts on a ratings panel assembled by U.S. News. (See our Best Diets methodology.) Experts dealt it mostly lackluster scores, pronouncing it difficult to follow and noting that its nutrition profile isn’t ideal. “There is no scientific research to back up any of the claims of the Acid Alkaline Diet,” one expert said. “No data. No follow up. No sale.” Below are ratings in all categories and how the experts’ opinions broke down.

Star ratings reflect scores of 1 to 5 assigned to the Acid Alkaline Diet in seven categories by nutritionists, specialists in diabetes and heart disease, and other diet experts on a ratings panel assembled by U.S. News. (See our Best Diets methodology.) Experts dealt it mostly lackluster scores, pronouncing it difficult to follow and noting that its nutrition profile isn’t ideal. “There is no scientific research to back up any of the claims of the Acid Alkaline Diet,” one expert said. “No data. No follow up. No sale.” Below are ratings in all categories and how the experts’ opinions broke down.

Star ratings reflect scores of 1 to 5 assigned to the Acid Alkaline Diet in seven categories by nutritionists, specialists in diabetes and heart disease, and other diet experts on a ratings panel assembled by U.S. News. (See our Best Diets methodology.) Experts dealt it mostly lackluster scores, pronouncing it difficult to follow and noting that its nutrition profile isn’t ideal. “There is no scientific research to back up any of the claims of the Acid Alkaline Diet,” one expert said. “No data. No follow up. No sale.” Below are ratings in all categories and how the experts’ opinions broke down.

Overall Score 2.6

Short-Term Weight Loss

18 Ratings
5 Star
(0)
4 Star
(1)
3 Star
(11)
2 Star
(4)
1 Star
(2)

Score 2.6

The Acid Alkaline Diet fell toward the bottom of the short-term weight loss category, receiving 2.6 stars. Though it’s not a weight-loss diet, per say – it’s designed to control your pH in order to improve your health and longevity – some of the plant-based foods emphasized, such as fruits and veggies, may encourage weight loss. Still, there’s no calorie cap, so shedding pounds isn’t a given. Experts agree that if you’re interested in losing weight, you ought to choose a different diet.

The Acid Alkaline Diet fell toward the bottom of the short-term weight loss category, receiving 2.6 stars. Though it’s not a weight-loss diet, per say – it’s designed to control your pH in order to improve your health and longevity – some of the plant-based foods emphasized, such as fruits and veggies, may encourage weight loss. Still, there’s no calorie cap, so shedding pounds isn’t a given. Experts agree that if you’re interested in losing weight, you ought to choose a different diet.

Long-Term Weight Loss

16 Ratings
5 Star
(0)
4 Star
(0)
3 Star
(3)
2 Star
(10)
1 Star
(3)

Score 2.0

“Long term” in diet research generally means at least two years. Panelists considered the Acid Alkaline Diet to be “minimally effective” at keeping pounds off for that long. The plan has too many rules and is too restrictive to be sustainable, as reflected in its 2-star rating. However, no diets earned better than 3.5 stars in this category.

Easy to Follow

18 Ratings
5 Star
(0)
4 Star
(1)
3 Star
(2)
2 Star
(11)
1 Star
(4)

Score 2.0

Experts doled out a lackluster 2 stars. There are many rules to follow – eat this alkaline-forming food; stay away from that acid-forming choice. Dieters will likely have a hard time sticking to such a complicated plan, hence the diet’s dismal scores in this category.

Nutrition

18 Ratings
5 Star
(0)
4 Star
(5)
3 Star
(7)
2 Star
(6)
1 Star
(0)

Score 2.9

The Acid Alkaline Diet was outscored by most other diets, receiving just under 3 stars. Experts were concerned about a lack of calcium and potassium, and agreed the plan needlessly outlawed too many foods. It’s a “silly concept by people who don’t know much about nutrition or physiology, it seems,” one expert said, adding that it’s a “contrived and taxing way to think about food.”

Safety

18 Ratings
5 Star
(0)
4 Star
(5)
3 Star
(10)
2 Star
(3)
1 Star
(0)

Score 3.1

The diet pulled in its highest score, 3.1, in this measure, but still ranked in the bottom half of all diets. When considering the health risks that the Acid Alkaline Diet might pose – it’s not safe for people with kidney or heart problems, for example – most experts found it to be “moderately safe.”

The diet pulled in its highest score, 3.1, in this measure, but still ranked in the bottom half of all diets. When considering the health risks that the Acid Alkaline Diet might pose – it’s not safe for people with kidney or heart problems, for example – most experts found it to be “moderately safe.”

For Diabetes

17 Ratings
5 Star
(0)
4 Star
(1)
3 Star
(4)
2 Star
(9)
1 Star
(3)

Score 2.2

Most of the other diets, including DASH and TLC, are better options for preventing or controlling diabetes, according to experts’ scores in this category. A lack of research showing its worth gave experts little option than to hand out poor scores, shooting the Acid Alkaline Diet to the bottom of the bunch.

For Heart Health

17 Ratings
5 Star
(0)
4 Star
(1)
3 Star
(9)
2 Star
(4)
1 Star
(3)

Score 2.5

Most other diets, including the Mediterranean and Mayo Clinic plans, beat the Acid Alkaline Diet in preventing or managing cardiovascular disease. Experts gave it about 2.5 stars. If you’re worried about your heart, you’re likely better off choosing a different diet.



Last updated by Angela Haupt | January 03, 2014

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