Tom Brady’s Diet: Is There A Science To Support NFL Quarteback’s Meal Plans?
Tom Brady and his supermodel wife Gisele Bündchen follow an alkaline diet which the NFL quarterback claims provides balance and harmony in his metabolic system. However, some experts ask if there is a science to support the couple's meal plans.
Tom Brady is reported to follow an 80 percent alkaline, 20 percent acidic diet. He avoids white sugar, white flour, caffeine, MSG and dairy. Nightshade vegetables like tomatoes, eggplant, mushrooms are also out of the picture. He only uses pink Himalayan salt, and shuns mostly from fruits. The 39-year-old said that he has never eaten a strawberry in his entire life according to New York Magazine.
Timothy Caufield, research chair in health law and policy at University of Alberta, Canada, and a loyal Patriots fan, questions Tom Brady's diet. He said that part of the player's meal plan is actually healthy because he is eating more real food that junk food.
According to National Post, Tom Brady appears to follow the alkaline diet by naturopath Robert O. Young who is the author of "The pH Miracle" book series. Young is facing three years and eight months in prison for practising medicine without license.
The alkaline diet is based on a theory that consumption of foods high in alkaline can maintain blood ph. If the blood becomes too acidic, calcium and other minerals from the bones, muscles and major organs will start to leach.
Dr. Rena Mendelson, a professor in school of nutrition at Ryerson University in Toronto, believes that a person's body naturally control pH levels. An individual does not have to be too conscious of the alkalinity or acidity because the normal homeostatic mechanisms allow the body to adapt to the food intake.
Tanis Fenton, registered dietician and epidemiologist at Calgary University, says that Tom Brady's diet has no evidence of his phenomenal performance in NFL. He simply has a wonderful genetic predisposition to be an athlete.