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Dietitians weigh in on popular alkaline diet craze


Dietitians weigh in on popular alkaline diet craze
NBC Montana

MISSOULA, Mont. - One of the hottest diets on the internet promises you'll lose weight if you cut down on acidic foods, including animal products and processed foods.Two Missoula dietitians we talked to about alkaline diets say people may be losing weight on them, but not because of acidity.Emily Smith is a registered dietitian at Providence St. Patrick Hospital."The problem with this diet is that our studies are showing that food rarely, or does not significantly, change the pH of our bodies," said Smith. Smith, and registered dietitian Denise Zimmer, of Peak Health and Wellness, say the weight participants are losing likely has more to do with eating more whole foods and controlling portions.They say a well-rounded diet is more successful for long-term weight loss."We like to see people make lifestyle changes in just eating healthy, whole foods, unprocessed foods from every food group," said Zimmer.

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