The Super Bowl champ’s diet is very healthy — just not for the reasons he claims.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, winner of five Super Bowls, is one of the greatest athletes of all time. He’s also a peddler of baseless health claims, most recently in a new exercise and diet book, The TB12 Method.
The book details Brady’s 12 principles for “sustained peak performance” — all the exercises, massage techniques, diet supplements, and stretches that have, he claims, kept keep him on the field to the ripe-for-pro-football age of 40.
But it’s his diet that he believes truly underpins his success as an athlete. “It really doesn’t matter how much exercise you do,” Brady writes, “if you’re not eating the right food and providing your body the right nutrients.”
For Brady, the “right foods” are “alkalizing” and “anti-inflammatory.” Alkaline foods lower his PH level, he writes, which can help with a range of ailments, from boosting low energy to preventing hip fractures. (He’s wrong here.) Anti-inflammatory foods, meanwhile, supposedly boost athletic performance and help speed recovery.
Unfortunately, with this book, Brady joins the club of diet gurus selling pseudoscience and woo about the body. There’s little evidence that following Brady’s diet will turn his readers into better athletes or “sustained peak performers.” There’s no good scientific evidence the diet will do the specific things Brady claims — like rebalance the body’s PH level. (Your lungs and kidneys do that.) And while it may be true that the diet helps Brady stay strong and healthy, it’s probably not working for the reasons he suggests.