Acid Alkaline Food List

What Are Alkaline Foods?

Below is an easy to read Acid Alkaline Food List.

Foods can be classified as alkaline if they leave an alkaline residue in your body after digestion and similarly so for acidic foods.  It's important to understand that the pH of food before digestion does NOT affect the classification.

Alkaline Forming and Acidic Forming Foods

We are interested in the pH (acidity or alkalinity) of the food after digestion, or after it has been metabolised by the body.  For this reason, the title of this page should be Acid-Forming Alkaline-Forming Food List because that is what we are really showing! This explains why lemons, which are mildly acidic, are classed as alkaline because they contribute to the body's alkalinity once digested.  The same goes with tomatoes, which many of us think of as acidic, but in reality tomatoes are alkaline forming, because they are low in sugar and are high in alkaline minerals.

What Are the Most Alkaline Foods?

Generally speaking, the most alkaline foods are vegetables and salads, which have a very low sugar and high mineral content. Conversely, the most acidic foods are processed, sugar-containing foods and meat which become acidic once digested.

Why Eat Alkaline Food?

The reason we want to know which foods are alkaline and acidic forming is so that we can make informed decisions when aiming for a healthy diet.  You will notice that the vasty majority of foods that are classified as alkaline forming are already considered to be healthy foods.  However, there are foods that are classed as acidic forming that many still consider to be healthy, such as wholemeal bread, pasta, dairy, fish. These are foods that we should aim to minimise in our diets if we want to create a pH balanced environment.

It's all About Being pH Balanced!

Your body works best when the cells are slightly alkaline, having a pH just over 7 (pH 7 is considered neutral and is the pH of distilled water). This is not to be confused with the pH of your blood which MUST be between 7.35 and 7.45.  Your body works very hard to maintain this pH since tiny variations in either above or below can cause severe illness and death. The natural elimination processes, such as sweat, urine are normally very effective at maintaining a healthy blood pH.  However, making poor (acidic) food choices over many years can overwhelm the natural elimination processes. The body can be forced to preserve the blood's ideal pH by diverting excess acidity away from the blood and storing it (eg in the fat cells or organs), not ideal!

By increasing the amount of alkaline forming foods in your diet and decreasing the amount of acidic foods, you allow your body gradually to release stored acidity.

Good Health is All About pH Balance

Good health is all about balance and once acidity has been released, a maintenance diet could consist of 80% alkaline foods and 20% acidic foods.

Highly Alkaline Foods

Eat lots everyday !

Alfalfa sprouts

Avocado

Barley grass

Beansprouts

Beet greens

Broccoli

Broccoli sprouts

Broccoli sprout juice

Cabbage

Celery

Cucumber

Endive

Fennel

Garlic

Green juices

Kale

Kamut grass

Pea sprouts

Parsley

Spinach

Soybeans (soaked)

Soy sprouts

Swiss chard

Tomato

Watercress

Wheatgrass Juice

Wintergreen

plus…

Himalayan pink rock salt

Sea salt

Alkaline Foods

Eat plentifully

Arugula

Basil

Beetroot (beets)

Butter beans

Chili (capsicum) pepper

Carrot

Chia seeds

Chives

Coconut water (fresh)

Collard (spring greens)

Coriander

Courgette (zucchini)

Ginger

Green beans

Green cabbage

Hemp seeds

Leeks

Lemon

Lettuce (round/cabbage)

Lime

Mange tout

Mustard greens

Okra

Onion (red)

Quinoa

Radish

Red cabbage

Rhubarb

Turnip

White beans

Slightly Alkaline Foods

Eat freely

Almonds (nuts and milk)

Artichokes

Asparagus

Avocado oil

Brussels Sprouts

Cabbage (white)

Cauliflower

Coconut (flesh and oil)

Fennel seeds

Flax oil (Linseed oil)

Grapefruit

Grape seed oil

Hemp oil

Herbs

Houmous (hummus)

Lentils

Lettuce (lamb’s)

Leeks

Olive oil

Pomegranate

Potatoes (new, baby)

Peas

Onion (white)

Sesame seeds

Spices

Swede

Squash (eg. pumpkin, butternut)

Tahini

Tofu

Watermelon

Eat only a little

Amaranth

Black beans

Brazil nuts

Buckwheat

Cherries

Coconut milk

Couscous

Dates

Fish (freshwater, wild)

Flax seeds

Garbanzo beans

Hazelnuts

Kidney beans

Melon (cantaloupe)

Millet

Nectarine

Oats, oatmeal

Pecan nuts

Plum

Protein powder (hemp, rice, soy)

Pumpkin seeds

Rice milk

Sunflower Seeds

Seitan

Soy beans

Soy milk

Spelt

Sunflower oil

Avoid if possible

Apple

Apricot

Banana

Blackberries

Blueberries

Bread (wholemeal and rye)

Butter

Cranberries

Fish (ocean)

Fruit juice (freshly squeezed)

Goat’s cheese

Grapes

Guava

Ketchup

Mango

Mangosteen

Mayonnaise

Orange

Peach

Papaya

Pasta (wholemeal)

Pineapple

Rice (brown, wild)

Rye

Soy cheese

Strawberry

Walnuts

Wheat

Avoid completely

Alcohol

Beef

Chicken

Chocolate, cocoa

Coffee

Dairy (milk, cheese, cream, yoghurt)

Eggs

Fish (farmed)

Fruit (dried)

Fruit juice sweetened

Honey

Ice cream

Jam

Jelly

Lamb

Miso

Mushroom

Mustard

Pork

Rice (white)

Tea (black)

Turkey

Rice syrup

Shellfish

Sweeteners (eg. sorbitol, aspartame)

Syrup

Vinegar

Yeast

7 Easy Ways to Increase Alkalinity

  1. Cut out sugar
  2. Reduce meat
  3. Less grains, more oil
  4. Get rid of artificial anythings
  5. Switch coffee for herbal tea
  6. Drink alkaline water
  7. Drink vegetable juice daily

Broccoli Sprout Juice is a Strongly Alkaline Food

As you can see from the list, broccoli sprouts are one of the strongest alkaline forming foods you can eat. Juicing makes available all of the alkaline minerals because it’s more effective than chewing. Vegus Juices Broccoli Sprout juice is light, portable and a very convenient way of increasing the amount of alkaline foods you eat each day.