Quiz: Which Foods Affect Diabetes?

Veronique Duqueroy


August 20, 2014

Dietary acid load is positively associated with risk for T2DM, according to a large prospective French study.[20] Among the 66,485 women followed in the cohort, those who eat a diet with high acid load (more meat, fish, cheese, bread, and soft drinks) had a 56% higher risk for T2DM.

Even though many fruits and vegetables are acidic, they actually reduce dietary acid load once metabolized. They form alkaline precursors that neutralize acidity, whereas animal protein may favor net acid intake.[21]

In summary: Although a causal relationship between acidity and diabetes has not been proven, individuals who eat diets rich in acid content load (more meat and fewer vegetables and fruits) are more likely to develop diabetes.


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