Summer is here, knocking at our doors. With the arrival of the sun, the heat, the vacations, the beach and the sea less pleasant things also come: miracle diets, for example.
There is no summer in which miracle diets are not part of our lives and do not accumulate Google searches. This summer it has been, among others, the Delta diet, also known as rainbow diet.
What is the Delta diet or rainbow diet
The Delta diet, also known as rainbow, has been developed by neuroimmunologist Yan Rougier. The theory behind the creation of this diet is that, due to our current diet, rich in ultraprocessed foods, fats, sugars, salt, etc., our diet would be too acidic which would generate problems in our body.
Therefore, the creator of the diet, proposes carry out a diet that balances the alkalinity of the food and thus compensate for acidity. It would therefore be a form of alkaline diet that we have talked about previously. In theory, thanks to this diet we would not only improve our health and detoxify our body, but also lose weight.
How the Delta diet is carried out
To compensate for this acidity, the Delta diet proposes carry out a diet that is 70% alkaline and 30% acidic. To do this, the neuroimmunologist created a color code into which food would be divided in order to combine them properly.
In this color code we found green, orange, red and purple foods. Contrary to what we could imagine, food is not included in each group based on the color of each food, but based on its alkalinity or acidity.
Thus, the green group – more alkaline and with a lower glycemic index – and the orange group – with a medium glycemic index – would be free to consume. In this group we find all the vegetables, except carrot, squash and potatoes. We can also find legumes, fruit, eggs, skimmed dairy, fish, seafood, spices and meats – with the exception of processed meats, game or casserole meat -.
In the red group we find acidic foods and whose consumption, therefore, should be moderate and combined with food from the two previous groups. In this case it is made up of simple carbohydrates: bread, pasta, potatoes, fruit juice, etc.
By last, the purple group is made up of totally prohibited food. In this group would be the ultra-processed, snacks, pastries, sweets, fast food, alcohol, sausages, breakfast cereals, etc.
It is also recommended to reduce the consumption of fried foods and opt for other cooking methods such as steamed, baked or cooked. The diet also recommends combine it with sport and physical activity.
The Delta diet can help us lose weight, but not because of the alkalinity of food
Every time a diet of this style arises, the first question that surrounds us is Yes, it can really help us lose weight. In addition, we wonder if it is a healthy diet and if it is possible to maintain it in the long term.
In the case of the Delta diet, indeed, It can help us lose weight, but not because we follow the food groups that Dr. Rougier recommends. We must bear in mind that, regardless of the color code or alkalinity of the food, following this diet our diet will be based on vegetables, legumes, lean meats, fish and spices.
In addition, the consumption of simple carbohydrates is reduced to 30% of the diet and saturated fats are completely eliminated, the consumption of free sugars is reduced and the ultra-processed ones are discouraged. This, together with the performance of physical activity and the use of healthier cooking methods, of course it can result in weight loss.
Does this have something to do with the alkalinity or acidity of food? Flatly no. As we have commented on other occasions in Vitónica, food cannot alter the alkalinity of our blood. Luckily for us, Our body has a method to regulate the pH of our blood when necessary and ensure that this is always stable regardless of what we eat.
Research on alkaline diets has not been found to have any effect on the alkalinity or acidity of the blood. On the other hand, no diet is effective either « detoxifying » our body No matter how good it sounds. For starters, food does not poison us – unless we consume some kind of toxic substance or poison -. What food does generate are wastes that we do not need, and that our body is responsible for eliminating naturally.
In short, the Delta diet can help us lose weight, but no need to catalog food in colors and remember which group each one is in. And, of course, without needing to attend to its alkalinity. If we want to eat healthy, it is more advisable to remember to base our diet on vegetables and fruits, exchange simple hydrates for complex hydrates and reduce the consumption of ultraprocessed, free sugars and saturated fats.
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