Every day, the diabetes epidemic continues its devastating progress in destroying the health of millions of Americans. To preserve your well-being, you need to eat the foods that help the body process nutrients and keep blood sugar under control.
A study that examined the health of more than 60,000 American women found that because most of us are eating a diet that is high in acid-forming foods, we are especially vulnerable to diabetes. But by consuming foods that help the body push down its acid load and stay more alkaline, we can significantly reduce the risk of falling victim to type 2 diabetes.
The standard American diet (SAD) is filled with meat, sugar and processed foods that lead to what is called “chronic metabolic acidosis.” Those foods lack the micronutrients in fruits and vegetables that help shrink the acid load on the body.
Because of this prolonged acid state, the body’s circulating insulin loses its capability of linking to the proper insulin receptors. That leads to insulin insensitivity, a pre-diabetic condition.
According to the French researchers who examined this problem: “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, bananas and even lemons and oranges actually reduce dietary acid load once the body has processed them.”
The average American only eats about three servings of fruits and vegetables daily, while experts recommend five to 13.