I think Tom Brady is the best professional quarterback of all time (IMBO Baker Mayfield of the Oklahoma Sooners is the best all-time college QB).
However, I think he has succeeded despite, not due to, the silly diet he follows as outlined in his best selling book, TB12.
Although he set a Super Bowl record for passing a few days ago his team lost and I’m really hoping that this will tamp down the unjustified enthusiasm in his lifestyle.
Brady, according to reports, attempts to follow a diet that is 80% alkaline and 20% acidic. As Business Insider points out:
His extreme diet is a key part of what he refers to as the TB12 Method, an approach consisting of 12 fitness principles that Brady outlines in his book, called “The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance”. He also sells a selection of rather expensive products and supplements designed to help adherents live according to his fitness gospel.
For an outstanding take down of the nonsensical pH balancing diet (free of any TB references strangely enough) please read Harriet Hall’s typically outstanding article at skeptic.com entitled “PH Mythology: Separating pHacts from pHiction.”
She concludes correctly that:
“systematic analyses of all the published scientific studies have determined that the evidence does not support the acid/alkaline theory of disease, so it should be dismissed as pseudoscience.”
Although Brady eats a lot of fresh, organic vegetables he avoids those in the nightshade family because Brady and his wife, Gisele Bündchen’s personal chef, Allen Campbell, believes they cause inflammation (according to a 2016 The Boston Globe’interview, )
The nightshade family includes vegetables which nutritionists believe are very good for you like tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, and eggplants. In fact there are more putative anti-inflammatory chemicals in these plants than inflammatory.
You should no more base your diet on Tom Brady’s success than you should on the manner in which Nathan Pritikin or Robert Atkins died.
If Tom Brady is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer tomorrow will you conclude that it was due to the absence of the health-promoting phytochemical, lycopene, from his diet due to avoiding tomatoes?
Following the latest trends in diet or exercise based on anecdotes from celebrities is a fool’s game. Those celebrities that cash in on their good fortune to promote pseudoscientific quackery like Brady and Gwyneth Paltrow (aka GOOP) should be ashamed that they are contributing to this idiocy.
N.B. Perhaps Phlly fans should start following some of the “sci-fi” training tools that Brandon Graham’s trainer utilizes:
- When the workout is finished, Graham is fitted with something called an ECP (External Counterpulsation), a medical device that’s used for cardiac patients. They lay him down, put the ECP on his legs and hook him up to an EKG machine to monitor his heart. When his heart is in the relaxation phase, the device will compress, which apparently “enhances oxygenated blood flow through the coronary arteries to the heart muscle” and, according to Barwis, promotes quicker healing.
5 thoughts on “Tom Brady Lost The Super Bowl: Can We Now Dismiss His Ridiculous, Pseudoscientific "Alkaline" Diet?”
I think this is plain common sense, excess of any thing is bad, a deliberate designed diet with alkaline hovering large will not necessarily be good for heart. A balanced diet coupled with decent work out is enough.
Joe Montana was great, but most certainly NOT the G.O.A.T. Tom Brady has no comparison. Joe Montana was throwing to the greatest receiver of all time (Jerry Rice), and had a great supporting cast. Tom Brady did far more with less. Ice runs in his veins, and he has the uncanny ability to win for 17 years going. This website explains it better than I could:
This from an Eagles fan!
Joe Montana is the best QB of all time.
He never lost a Super Bowl. And he is a regular at the House of Prime Rib in San Francisco.
Baker Mayfield was a walk on at Texas Tech AND a walk on at OU. As a professional he has the tools to become the next Fran Tarkenton.
Too Funny- I had no idea Tom Brady has a “diet” and hawks supplements. Anyone with a lick of common sense will soundly ignore ANY of these “expert” celebrities ( GOOP is perfect name for this BS), and anyone who does pay any attention to these postulating puffed up self-important boobs deserves them. Cheers!