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Acid and Alkaline Forming Foods

Clinical Nutrition for the Balanced Body

Balancing the pH is a major step toward well-being and greater health.

Human blood pH should be slightly alkaline ( 7.35 - 7.45 ).  A pH of 7.0 is neutral.  A pH below 7.0 is acidic.  A pH above 7.0 is alkaline.  An acidic pH can occur from, an acid forming diet, emotional stress, toxic overload, and/or immune reactions or any process that deprives the cells of oxygen and other nutrients.  The body will try to compensate for acidic pH by using alkaline minerals.  If the diet does not contain enough minerals to compensate, a build up of acids in the cells will occur.

An acidic balance will:  decrease the body's ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients, decrease the energy production in the cells, decrease it's ability to repair damaged cells, decrease it's ability to detoxify heavy metals, make tumor cells thrive, and make it more susceptible to fatigue and illness.

The reason acidosis is more common in our society is mostly due to the typical American diet, which is far too high in acid producing animal products like meat, eggs and dairy, and far too low in alkaline producing foods like fresh vegetables.  Additionally, we eat acid producing processed foods like white flour and sugar and drink acid producing beverages like coffee and soft drinks.  We use too many drugs, which are acid forming; and we use artificial chemical sweetners like NutraSweet, Spoonful, Sweet 'N Low, Equal, or Aspartame, which are poison and extremely acid forming.  One of the best things we can do to correct an overly acid body is to clean up the diet and lifestyle.

To maintain health, the diet should consist of 60% alkaline forming foods & 40% acid forming foods.

To restore health, the diet should consist of 80% alkaline forming foods & 20% acid forming foods.

Generally, alkaline forming foods include: most fruits, green vegetables, peas, beans, lentils, spices, herbs and seasonings, and seeds and nuts.

Generally, acid forming foods include: meat, fish, poultry, eggs, grains, and legumes.

Highly Alkaline Forming Foods

Baking soda, sea salt, mineral water, pumpkin seed, lentils, seaweed, onion, taro root, sea vegetables, lotus root, sweet potato, lime, lemons, nectarine, persimmon, raspberry, watermelon, tangerine, and pineapple.

Moderately Alkaline Forming Foods

Apricots, spices, kambucha, unsulfured molasses, soy sauce, cashews, chestnuts, pepper, kohlrabi, parsnip, garlic, asparagus, kale, parsley, endive, arugula, mustard green, ginger root, broccoli, grapefruit, cantaloupe, honeydew, citrus, olive, dewberry, carrots, loganberry, and mango.

Low Alkaline Forming Foods

Most herbs, green tea, mu tea, rice syrup, apple cider vinegar, sake, quail eggs, primrose oil, sesame seed, cod liver oil, almonds, sprouts, potato, bell pepper, mushrooms, cauliflower, cabbage, rutabaga, ginseng, eggplant, pumpkin, collard green, pear, avocado, apples (sour), blackberry, cherry, peach, and papaya.

Very Low Alkaline Forming Foods

Ginger tea, umeboshi vinegar, ghee, duck eggs, oats, grain coffee, quinoa, japonica rice, wild rice, avocado oil, most seeds, coconut oil, olive oil, flax oil, brussel sprout, beet, chive, cilantro, celery, okra, cucumber, turnip greens, squashes, lettuces, orange, banana, blueberry, raisin, currant, grape, and strawberry.

Very Low Acid Forming Foods

Curry, Koma coffee, honey, maple syrup, vinegar, cream, butter, goat/sheep cheese, chicken, gelatin, organs, venison, fish, wild duck, triticale, millet, kasha, amaranth, brown rice, pumpkin seed oil, grape seed oil, sunflower oil, pine nuts, canola oil, spinach, fava beans, black-eyed peas, string beans, wax beans, zucchini, chutney, rhubarb, coconut, guava, dry fruit, figs, and dates.

Low Acid Forming Foods

Vanilla, alcohol, black tea, balsamic vinegar, cow milk, aged cheese, soy cheese, goat milk, game meat, lamb, mutton, boar, elk, shell fish, mollusks, goose, turkey, buckwheat, wheat, spelt, teff, kamut, farina, semolina, white rice, almond oil, sesame oil, safflower oil, tapioca, seitan, tofu, pinto beans, white beans, navy beans, red beans, aduki beans, lima beans, chard, plum, prune and tomatoes.

Moderately Acid Forming Foods

Nutmeg, coffee, casein, milk protein, cottage cheese, soy milk, pork, veal, bear, mussels, squid, chicken, maize, barley groats, corn, rye, oat bran, pistachio seeds, chestnut oil, lard, pecans, palm kernel oil, green peas, peanuts, snow peas, other legumes, garbanzo beans, cranberry, and pomegranate.

Highly Acid Forming Foods

Tabletop sweeteners like (NutraSweet, Spoonful, Sweet 'N Low, Equal or Aspartame), pudding, jam, jelly, table salt (NaCl), beer, yeast, hops, malt, sugar, cocoa, white (acetic acid) vinegar, processed cheese, ice cream, beef, lobster, pheasant, barley, cottonseed oil, hazelnuts, walnuts, brazil nuts, fried foods, soybean, and soft drinks, especially the cola type.  To neutralize a glass of cola with a pH of 2.5, it would take 32 glasses of alkaline water with a pH of 10.

 
Alkaline Forming Foods
VEGETABLES
Garlic
Asparagus
Fermented Veggies
Watercress
Beets
Broccoli
Brussel sprouts
Cabbage
Carrot
Cauliflower
Celery
Chard
Chlorella
Collard Greens
Cucumber
Eggplant
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Mushrooms
Mustard Greens
Dulce
Dandelions
Edible Flowers
Onions
Parsnips (high glycemic)
Peas
Peppers
Pumpkin
Rutabaga
Sea Veggies
Spirulina
Sprouts
Squashes
Alfalfa
Barley Grass
Wheat Grass
Wild Greens
Nightshade Veggies
FRUITS
Apple
Apricot
Avocado
Banana (high glycemic)
Cantaloupe
Cherries
Currants
Dates/Figs
Grapes
Grapefruit
Lime
Honeydew Melon
Nectarine
Orange
Lemon
Peach
Pear
Pineapple
All Berries
Tangerine
Tomato
Tropical Fruits
Watermelon

PROTEIN
Eggs (poached)
Whey Protein Powder
Cottage Cheese
Chicken Breast
Yogurt
Almonds
Chestnuts
Tofu (fermented)
Flax Seeds
Pumpkin Seeds
Tempeh (fermented)
Squash Seeds
Sunflower Seeds
Millet
Sprouted Seeds
Nuts
OTHER
Apple Cider Vinegar
Bee Pollen
Lecithin Granules
Probiotic Cultures
Green Juices
Veggies Juices
Fresh Fruit Juice
Organic Milk
(unpasteurized)
Mineral Water
Alkaline Antioxidant Water
Green Tea
Herbal Tea
Dandelion Tea
Ginseng Tea
Banchi Tea
Kombucha

SWEETENERS
Stevia
Ki Sweet

SPICES/SEASONINGS
Cinnamon
Curry
Ginger
Mustard
Chili Pepper
Sea Salt
Miso
Tamari
All Herbs

ORIENTAL VEGETABLES
Maitake
Daikon
Dandelion Root
Shitake
Kombu
Reishi
Nori
Umeboshi
Wakame
Sea Veggies
 
Acid Forming Foods
FATS & OILS
Avocado Oil
Canola Oil
Corn Oil
Hemp Seed Oil
Flax Oil
Lard
Olive Oil
Safflower Oil
Sesame Oil
Sunflower Oil

FRUITS
Cranberries

GRAINS
Rice Cakes
Wheat Cakes
Amaranth
Barley
Buckwheat
Corn
Oats (rolled)
Quinoi
Rice (all)
Rye
Spelt
Kamut
Wheat
Hemp Seed Flour

DAIRY
Cheese, Cow
Cheese, Goat
Cheese, Processed
Cheese, Sheep
Milk
Butter
NUTS & BUTTERS
Cashews
Brazil Nuts
Peanuts
Peanut Butter
Pecans
Tahini
Walnuts

ANIMAL PROTEIN
Beef
Carp
Clams
Fish
Lamb
Lobster
Mussels
Oyster
Pork
Rabbit
Salmon
Shrimp
Scallops
Tuna
Turkey
Venison

PASTA (WHITE)
Noodles
Macaroni
Spaghetti

OTHER
Distilled Vinegar
Wheat Germ
Potatoes
DRUGS & CHEMICALS
Aspartame
Chemicals
Drugs, Medicinal
Drugs, Psychedelic
Pesticides
Herbicides

ALCOHOL
Beer
Spirits
Hard Liquor
Wine

BEANS & LEGUMES
Black Beans
Chick Peas
Kidney Beans
Lima Beans
Pinto Beans
Red Beans
Soy Beans
Soy Milk
White Beans
Rice Milk
Almond Milk
 
  Alkaline:  Meditation, Prayer, Peace, Kindness & Love
  Extremely Alkaline Forming Foods - pH 8.5 to 9.0

  9.0  Lemons 1, Watermelon 2

  8.5  Agar Agar 3, Cantaloupe, Cayenne (Capsicum) 4,
        Dried dates & figs, Kelp, Karengo, Kudzu root, Limes
        Mango, Melons, Papaya, Parsley 5, Seedless grapes
        (sweet), Watercress, Seaweeds

        Asparagus 6, Endive, Kiwifruit, Fruit juices 7, Grapes
        (sweet), Passion fruit, Pears (sweet), Pineapple,
        Raisins, Umeboshi plum, Vegetable juices 8

  Moderate Alkaline - pH 7.5 to 8.0

  8.0  Apples (sweet), Apricots, Alfalfa sprouts 9,
        Arrowroot, flour 10, Avocados, Bananas (ripe),
        Berries, Carrots, Celery, Currants, Dates & figs
        (fresh), Garlic 11, Gooseberry, Grapes (less sweet),
        Grapefruit, Guavas, Herbs (leafy green), Lettuce
        (leafy green), Nectarine, Peaches (sweet), Pears
        (less sweet), Peas (fresh sweet), Persimmon,
        Pumpkin (sweet), Sea salt (vegetable) 12, Spinach

  7.5  Apples (sour), Bamboo shoots, Beans (fresh green),
        Beets, Bell Pepper, Broccoli, Cabbage;Cauli, Carob
        13, Daikon, Ginger (fresh), Grapes (sour), Kale,
        Kohlrabi, Lettuce (pale green), Oranges, Parsnip,
        Peaches (less sweet), Peas (less sweet), Potatoes
        & skin, Pumpkin (less sweet), Raspberry, Sapote,
        Strawberry, Squash 14, Sweet corn (fresh), Tamari
        15, Turnip, Vinegar (apple cider) 16

  Slightly Alkaline to Neutral pH 7.0

  7.0  Almonds 17, Artichokes (Jerusalem), Barley-Malt
        (sweetener-Bronner), Brown Rice Syrup, Brussel
        Sprouts, Cherries, Coconut (fresh), Cucumbers, Egg
        plant, Honey (raw), Leeks, Miso, Mushrooms, Okra,
        Olives ripe 18, Onions, Pickles 19, (home made),
        Radish, Sea salt 20, Spices 21, Taro, Tomatoes
        (sweet), Vinegar (sweet brown rice), Water Chestnut

        Amaranth, Artichoke (globe), Chestnuts (dry
        roasted), Egg yolks (soft cooked), Essene bread 22,
        Goat's milk and whey (raw) 23, Horseradish,
        Mayonnaise (home made), Millet, Olive oil, Quinoa,
        Rhubarb, Sesame seeds (whole) 24, Soy beans
        (dry), Soy cheese, Soy milk, Sprouted grains 25,
        Tempeh, Tofu, Tomatoes (less sweet), Yeast
        (nutritional flakes)

 
  Acid:  Overwork, Anger, Fear, Jealousy & Stress
Extremely Acid Forming Foods - pH 5.0 to 5.5

5.0  Artificial sweeteners

  5.5  Beef, Carbonated soft drinks & fizzy drinks 38,
        Cigarettes (tailor made), Drugs, Flour (white wheat)
        39, Goat, Lamb, Pastries & cakes from white flour,
        Pork, Sugar (white) 40

        Beer 34, Brown sugar 35, Chicken, Deer, Chocolate,
        Coffee 36, Custard with white sugar, Jams, Jellies,
        Liquor 37, Pasta (white), Rabbit, Semolina, Table
        salt refined & iodized, Tea black, Turkey, Wheat
        bread, White rice, White vinegar (processed).

  Moderate Acid - pH 6.0 to 6.5

6.0  Cigarette tobacco (roll your own), Cream of Wheat
        (unrefined), Fish, Fruit juices with sugar, Maple
        syrup (processed), Molasses (sulphured), Pickles
        (commercial), Breads (refined) of corn, oats, rice &
        rye, Cereals (refined) eg weetbix, corn flakes,
        Shellfish, Wheat germ, Whole Wheat foods 32,
        Wine 33, Yogurt (sweetened)

  6.5  Bananas (green), Buckwheat, Cheeses (sharp),
        Corn & rice breads, Egg whole (cooked hard),
        Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Oats, Pasta (whole grain),
        Pastry (wholegrain & honey), Peanuts, Potatoes
        (with no skins), Popcorn (with salt & butter), Rice
        (basmati), Rice (brown), Soy sauce (commercial),
        Tapioca, Wheat bread (sprouted organic)

  Slightly Acid to Neutral pH 7.0

7.0  Barley malt syrup, Barley, Bran, Cashews, Cereals
        (unrefined with honey-fruit-maple syrup), Cornmeal,
        Cranberries 30, Fructose, Honey (pasteurized),
        Macadamias, Maple syrup (unprocessed),
        Milk (homogenized) and most processed dairy
        products, Molasses (unsulphered organic 31,
        Nutmeg, Mustard, Pistachios, Popcorn & butter
        (plain), Rice or wheat crackers (unrefined), Rye
        (grain), Rye bread (organic sprouted), Seeds
        (pumpkin & sunflower), Walnuts

        Blueberries, Brazil nuts, Butter (salted), Cheeses
        (mild & crumbly) 28, Crackers (unrefined rye),
        Dried beans (mung, adzuki, pinto, kidney,
        garbanzo) 29, Dry coconut, Egg whites, Goats
        milk (homogenized), Olives (pickled), Pecans,
        Plums 30, Prunes 30, Spelt

 
  Neutral pH 7.0   -    Healthy Body Saliva pH Range is between 6.4 to 6.8  (on your pH test strips)
  Butter (fresh unsalted), Cream (fresh & raw), Margarine 26, Milk (raw cow's) 27, Oils (except olive),
  Whey (cow's), Yogurt (plain)
 

NOTE: There are several versions of the Acidic and Alkaline Food chart to be found in different books and on the Internet.  The following foods are sometimes attributed to the Acidic side of the chart and sometimes to the Alkaline side.  Remember, you don't need to adhere strictly to the Alkaline side of the chart, just make sure a good percentage of the foods you eat come from that side.

Brazil Nuts
Brussel Sprouts
Buckwheat
Cashews
Chicken
Corn
Cottage Cheese
Eggs
Flax Seeds
Green Tea
Herbal Tea
Honey
Kombucha
Lima Beans

Maple Syrup
Milk
Nuts
Organic Milk (unpasteurized)
Potatoes, white
Pumpkin Seeds
Quinoa
Sauerkraut
Soy Products
Sprouted Seeds
Squashes
Sunflower Seeds
Tomatoes
Yogurt

NOTE:  Match with the numbers above.

1.  Excellent for EMERGENCY SUPPORT for colds, coughs, sore throats, heartburn, & gastro upsets.
2.  Good for a yearly fast.  For several days eat whole melon, chew pips well & eat also.  Super alkalizing food.
3.  Substitute for gelatin, more nourishing.
4.  Stimulating, non-irritating body healer.  Good for endocrine system.
5.  Purifies kidneys.
6.  Powerful acid reducer detoxing to produce acid urine temporarily... causing alkalinity for the long term.
7.  Natural sugars give alkalinity.  Added sugar causes juice to become acid-forming.
8.  Depends on vege's content and sweetness.
9.  Enzyme rich, superior digestibility.
10. High calcium content.  Cornflour substitute.
11. Elevates acid food 5.0 in alkaline direction.
12. Vegetable content raises alkalinity.
13. Substitute for coca; mineral rich.
14. Winter squash rates 7.5.  Butternut & sweeter squash rates 8.0.
15. Genuine fermented for 1 years otherwise 6.0.
16. Raw unpasteurized is a digestive aid to increase HCL in the stomach.  1 tablespoon, plus honey & water before meals.  
17. Soak 12 hours, peel skin to eat.
18. Sundried, tree ripened, otherwise 6.0.
19. Using sea-salt and apple cider vinegar.
20. Contains sea minerals.  Dried at low temperatures.
21. Range from 7.0 to 8.0.
22. Sprouted grains are more alkaline.  Grains chewed well become more alkaline.
23. High sodium to aid digestion.
24. High levels of utilizable calcium.  Grind before eating.
25. Alkalinity and digestibility higher.
26. Heating causes fats to harden and become indigestible.
27. High mucous production.
28. Mucous forming and hard to digest.
29. When sprouted dry beans rate 7.0.
30. Contain acid-forming benzoic and quinic acids.
31. Full of iron.
32. Unrefined wheat is more alkaline.
33. High quality red wine, no more than 4 oz. daily to build blood.
34. Good quality, well brewed - up to 5.5.  Fast brewed beers drop to 5.0.
35. Most are white sugars with golden syrup added.
36. Organic, fresh ground-up to 5.5.
37. Cheaper brands drop to 5.0, as does over-indulgence.
38. Leaches minerals.
39. Bleached- has no goodness.
40. Poison! Avoid it.
41. Potential cancer agent.  Over-indulgence may cause partial blindness.

 
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