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Hay, Dr. William

An American nutritionist who came to fame after the publication of his book"Health Via Food", which was published in 1933.

He alleged that almost all bodily ills came from "acidosis". This he said, was caused by eating too much protein, too much adulterated food like white bread, retention of food in the bowels more than 24 hours after eating and combining of protein and carbohyrate.

Proteins, said Hay, need acid to digest them, and carbohydrates need alkaline - "no human stomach can be expected to be acid and alkaline at the same time".

The fact is that most foods contain mixtures of proteins and starches. Facts, however, have never stood in the way of fads.

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