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Alkaline and Acid Foods

by Geri Walton ~ March 4th, 2009

acid foods,acid-producing foods,alkaline foods,alkaline-producing foods,fruits,health benefits,leafy green vegetables,vegetablesThe majority of foods eaten by the typical American are usually acid-producing. Acid-producing foods include such things as meat, sugar, and cereals, as well as processed foods. Whether a food is alkaline or an acid food has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. For instance, oranges, lemons, and limes are considered acidic, but the end-product is an alkaline residue. Dairy products and meats usually test alkaline before digestion and assimilation, but after these processes the end product is an acidic residue.

Whether or not a particular food is acid or alkaline-producing is important because human blood should be slightly alkaline, and, for all practical purposes, a pH of 7.0 is considered alkaline and anything below it is considered acidic. The optimal pH range is 7.35 to 7.45, and when the body’s pH is acidic, the higher the acidic level the more the body is oxygen deprived. In contrast, the higher the alkaline pH reading, the richer the oxygen environment. Unfortunately, both extremes can result in health problems.

pH imbalances exist for a variety of reasons. For instance, emotional stress, toxic overload, and the body’s immune reaction to illness can cause an acid increase whereas exercise reduces it. Additionally, there are acid and alkaline-producing foods. Acid-producing foods put pressure on the body’s regulating systems to maintain pH neutrality, and these extra demands tend to deplete the body of important minerals, such as sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium if they have to take them from organs or bones so the acid can be safely removed from the body. Over time this delicate balancing act may result in mineral depletion and severe damage. In fact, the damage may go undetected for years, and diseases such as osteoporosis, diabetes, immune problems, or cardiovascular disease are the result.

To help clarify alkaline and acid foods, examine the two following charts. 

Alkaline-producing Foods

Food Category Low Alkaline Alkaline High Alkaline
Beans & Legumes Olives, Soybeans, Tofu Lima Beans, Carob  
Cereals & Grains Amaranth, Buckwheat, Lentils, Millet, Quinoa, Wild Rice    
Dairy & Meat Buttermilk, Goat Cheese, Goat Milk, Soy Cheese, Soy Milk, Whey    
Fruit Avocados, Cherries, Grapefruit, Lemons, Limes, Mangoes, Oranges, Peaches, Pineapple, Strawberries, Watermelon Apples, Berries, Blackcurrant, Dates, Grapes, Kiwi, Papaya, Pears Dried Figs, Raisins
Nuts & Seeds Brazil Nuts, Chestnuts, Coconut Almonds, Hazelnuts  
Oils Canola Oil, Flaxseed Oil, Olive Oil    
Sweeteners Raw Honey, Raw Sugar Maple Syrup, Rich Syrup Stevia
Vegetables Asparagus, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Corn, Onions, Peas, Potatoes, Squash Beets, Carrots, Green Beans, Lettuce, Zucchini Broccoli, Celery, Parsley, Raw Spinach


Acid-producing Foods

Food Category Low Acid Acid High Acid
Beans & Legumes Kidney Beans Pinto Beans, Navy Beans  
Cereals & Grains Bananas, Blueberries, Cranberries, Plums, Processed Fruit Juices Canned Fruit   
Dairy & Meat Brown Rice, Oats, Rye Bread, Whole Grain Bread Biscuits, Pasta, Pastries, White Bread, White Rice   
Fruit Butter Cottage Cheese, Cream, Ice Cream, Liver, Organ Meats, Oysters, Whole Milk, Yogurt Camembert, Chicken, Eggs, Fish, Hard Cheeses, Lamb, Turkey Canned Fish, Beef, Parmesan, Pork, Processed Cheeses, Shellfish, Veal
Nuts & Seeds Pumpkin Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Sunflower Seeds Cashews, Pecans, Pistachios Peanuts, Walnuts 
Oils Corn Oil, Lard, Margarine, Sunflower Oil    
Sweeteners Processed Honey, White Sugar Brown Sugar, Molasses, Maple Syrup, Rich Syrup Artificial Sweeteners
Vegetables Sweet Potatoes, Cooked Spinach   Pickled Vegetables


Choosing more alkaline foods and less acid foods may help you avoid illness. Various holistic doctors and numerous nutritionists suggest if you are in excellent health your diet should still be at least 60 percent alkaline-producing foods and at most 40 percent acid-producing foods. Moreover, if you have health issues, they suggest that to restore yourself to good health, an even higher percentage of alkaline-producing foods—80 percent—should be eaten. To achieve a more alkaline diet, choose from the lists above, which means choosing plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits and limiting processed foods, pastries, red meats, and artificial sweeteners.

9 Responses to Alkaline and Acid Foods

  1. Anna

    Thanks for sharing. I will bookmark this post. Anna 🙂

  2. Blond Duck

    That’s really interesting! I feel like I’m eating pure acid.

  3. Jane

    Boo hoo…my favorites are acidic too. Time for a change!

  4. Mediterranean Turkish Cook

    I am glad that you’ve listed the foods that produce acid and alkaline. I’ll have to refer back to this article in the future.

  5. Margarito Weigel

    Hi, impressive blog you have here. I stumbled upon you’re blog by Bing and I am thinking of setting up a similar site, any ideas on how to get users to find it?

  6. margodevine

    Most of us are affected by acidosis simply because we live in the modern world. Our topsoils have been stripped and our food supply chain is devoid of minerals and other vital nutrients. We are eating a diet high in animal proteins, sweeteners, and processed food with few fruits and vegetables. If we move toward a diet full of whole fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and spices, we can quickly ease a great deal of this burden and use food to our advantage.

  7. Stef

    Would you mind sharing a bibliography of resources for this article? I am wanting to learn more and have seen some conflicting information. I’m particularly interested in the chart. Thank you!

  8. Alkaline Foods

    Informative and nice post. Truly we vote for eating alkaline foods because it helps prevent the body from disease and illness. It will boost one’s health, helps recovery, and will slow the aging process.

  9. Alternative Cure

    That’s great. We should nourish the body with healthy foods from fruits and vegetables. By this way, we help our body system to become strong to combat disease and health problems.

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