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You need an alkaline diet. Expect that to be the next message pounded out by Hollywood...

You need an alkaline diet. Expect that to be the next message pounded out by Hollywood celebrities and health advocates as beverage firms eye the high-margin product category. The theory is that alkaline-infused drinks help offset the effect of acid-forming drinks such as coffee and alcohol. Skinny Water aims to kick off the new craze with a drink that adds magnesium, zinc, potassium to some old-fashioned H2O, but perhaps waiting in the wings is Coca-Cola (KO -0.1%) and PepsiCo (PEP -0.1%).
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  • spald_fr
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    [The theory is that alkaline helps offset the effect of acid-forming drinks such as coffee and alcohol.]

     

    Oddly, there are no scientific peer reviewed evaluations on this sort of thing but certainly Jennifer Annison will prevail.
    21 Aug 2012, 01:38 PM Reply Like
  • George Edwards
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    Alkaline is an adjective, not a noun.
    21 Aug 2012, 02:03 PM Reply Like
  • Walt17
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    Some vitamins and minerals are toxic at high levels. For a few the toxic level can be reached quite easily if a person consumes a lot of enriched food products. Every time a vitamin or mineral is added to a food or beverage the risk of someone getting too much and damaging their health increases.
    21 Aug 2012, 02:07 PM Reply Like
  • tampabay
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    Al kaline is a baseball player
    21 Aug 2012, 03:32 PM Reply Like
  • RSRinehart
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    ...was a baseball player, and a great one at that. Let's raise a beer, or Coke, or Pepsi, or glass of tea to ol' #6.
    21 Aug 2012, 08:04 PM Reply Like
  • George Edwards
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    Hmmm. Well, if he brings the beverages, preferably beer, he can come to my house.

     

    BTW, magnesium is an alkaline earth, zinc is a metal, but potassium by golly is an alkali. Do those fad diet folks have any idea about what they are peddling?
    21 Aug 2012, 04:15 PM Reply Like
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