A high grain diet makes your blood slightly more acidic. More acidic blood can lower your bone density as you get older. A study by Bess Dawson-Hughes shows that a potassium bicarbonate supplement may prevent bone loss, but a diet higher in fruits and vegetables is the most reliable way to keep your bone density.
- Stroll through your local grocery store, and you’ll immediately notice America’s love affair with grain.
- That increase may have an insidious effect on the body. According to Bess Dawson-Hughes, M75, it may be linked to bone loss late in life.
- Most men lose about 1 percent of their bone mass annually after age 50, and women lose even more.
“Instead of being linked directly to the pH of our blood, changes in bone density could be related to other compounds in our food that have yet to be studied.”