I was interviewed this morning by a fellow mama who write a very good newsletter for parents in our area - she was intrigued by my vehemently local approach to foods and of course nutritional stuff came up. She is veg/vegan and at one point she said that meat proteins leach calcium from our bodies. I said I didn't exactly agree with that, but it seemed we agreed that pasteurized factory-farmed cows milk isn't good for anybody and we moved on But I'd never heard that before, so off I went to research and it seems that a) there are studies that appear to debunk this but they have been done on post-menopausal women and men of similar age; and b) the rationale that seems to be employed to justify the notion is the "pH" of blood, with eating meat causing "acidified" blood which leaches calcium by chemical means. I generally think that the whole blood pH stuff is a load of hooey, but is there any other reason to think that there may be something to the notion of meat eating being problematic for calcium retention?
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3/10/09 at 2:11am