Acid Forming

Acid-Forming And Alkalinizing Foods

As promised, we are providing you with a list of acid-forming and alkalinizing foods. The goal is for us to become more aware of the possible effects the acidity or alkalinity of these food groups might have on our body and ultimately our health:

Acid-Forming Foods

  • All meat (beef, pork, lamb, and chicken) and fish

  • Rice (white, brown, or basmati)

  • Cornmeal, oats, rye, spelt, wheat, bran

  • Popcorn

  • Pastas

  • Breads and most other grain products, such as cereals (hot or cold), crackers, and pastries

  • The following beans (unless sprouted, in which case they become alkaline-producing): pinto, navy, mung, lentils, black, garbanzo, red, white, adzuki, and broad

  • Cheese (Parmesan and sharper cheeses are the worst)

  • Sunflower and pumpkin seeds

  • Wheat germ

  • The following nuts: walnuts, pecans, cashews, dried coconut (fresh coconut is alkaline-producing), pistachios, macadamias, filberts, Brazil nuts, and peanuts

  • Colas

  • Alcoholic drinks

  • Coffee and other caffeinated drinks

  • Sweetened yogurt

  • Most forms of sweeteners (artificial sweeteners, cane sugar, beet sugar, barley syrup, processed honey, maple syrup, molasses, fructose, lactose)

  • Refined table salt

  • Soy sauce

  • Mustard (dried powder and processed)

  • Ketchup (unless natural and homemade)

  • Mayonnaise (unless natural and homemade)

  • White vinegar (apple cider and sweet brown rice vinegar are less acid-producing and preferred)

  • Nutmeg

  • Tobacco

  • Practically all drugs

Alkalinizing Foods

  • Practically all vegetables

  • Practically all fruits, except blueberries, plums, prunes, and cranberries. Even citrus fruits such as lemons, which we think of as being acidic, are alkaline-producing in the body.

  • Beans such as string, soy, lima, green, and snap

  • Peas

  • Potatoes

  • Arrowroot flour

  • Grains such as flax, millet, quinoa, and amaranth

  • Nuts like almonds, fresh coconut, and chestnuts

  • Sprouted seeds of alfalfa, radish, and chia

  • Unsprouted sesame

  • Fresh unsalted butter

  • Milk, cream, and goat’s milk

  • Eggs

  • Whey

  • Plain yogurt

  • Sweeteners like raw, unpasteurized honey, dried sugar cane juice (Sucanat), brown rice syrup

  • Fruit juices

  • All vegetable juices

  • Most herbal teas

  • Garlic

  • Cayenne pepper

  • Gelatin

  • Most herbs

  • Miso

  • Most vegetable and unprocessed sea salt

  • Most all spices

  • Vanilla extract

  • Brewer’s yeast

  • Most unprocessed, cold-pressed oils are neutral or alkaline-forming

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