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Acidic Food List by
Food Category

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The foods in this list are all acidic food, that is foods that become acidic in the body.

We have discussed the importance of maintaining a healthy body pH balance. Not doing so results in a condition called acidosis, an excess of acid in the bodys' internal environment.

Excess acid can lead to many types of disease. In fact it is often said by natural health practitioners that disease cannot live in a body that is NOT acidic.

We can see then that not only is it important to increase our consumption of alkaline foods, it is also important to know which are acid forming foods, so we can limit our consumption of them.

A good rule of thumb is to consume at least 60% alkaline foods and 40% acid foods.

This list of acid forming foods should help. Print out the list and bring it with you when you eat out if you think it will help.

For the most part it is pretty easy to tell acid forming foods. They are mostly animal products (including dairy) and grains. Fried foods, nuts and legumes are also acidic foods. If you limit your consumption of these foods to 40% of your diet, you are well on your way to great health and a healthy body pH balance.

Of course we know that creating a healthy body is all part of the mind body spirit connection. Knowing the difference between acidic food and alkaline foods plays a huge part in this.

List of Acidic Foods by Food Category


  • Amaranth
  • Barley
  • Bran, wheat and oat
  • Buckwheat
  • Cake
  • Corn
  • Cornstarch
  • Crackers
  • Flour, wheat or white
  • Hemp Seed Flour
  • Kamut
  • Macaroni
  • Noodles, Spaghetti and Pastas
  • Oatmeal
  • Oats (rolled)
  • Pastries
  • Quinoa
  • Rice (all types)
  • Rice Cakes
  • Rye
  • Spelt
  • Wheat
  • Wheat Germ
  • Wheat Cakes

Dairy Products

  • Butter
  • Cheese, from cow, goat or sheep milk
  • Cheese, Processed
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Ice Cream or ice milk
  • Milk


  • Blueberries (on some lists of alkaline foods)
  • Canned or Glazed Fruits
  • Cranberries
  • Currants
  • Plums(on some lists of alkaline foods)
  • Prunes(on some lists of alkaline foods)


  • Corn
  • Lentils
  • Olives
  • Winter Squash

Oils and Other Fats

  • Avocado Oil
  • Canola Oil
  • Corn Oil
  • Flax Oil
  • Hemp Seed Oil
  • Lard
  • Olive Oil
  • Safflower Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Sunflower Oil

Alcohol and Other Drinks

  • Beer
  • Black Tea
  • Carbonated soft drinks and colas
  • Coffee
  • Spirits
  • Hard Liquor
  • Wine

Animal Proteins

  • Bacon
  • Beef
  • Clams
  • Corned Beef
  • Fish
  • Lamb
  • Lobster
  • Mussels
  • Oysters
  • Pheasant
  • Pork
  • Rabbit
  • Salmon
  • Sausage
  • Scallops
  • Shrimp
  • Tuna
  • Turkey
  • Veal
  • Venison

Nuts and Nut Butters

  • Brazil Nuts
  • Cashews
  • Hazelnuts
  • Peanuts
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pecans
  • Tahini
  • Walnuts

Beans and Legumes

  • Almond Milk
  • Black Beans
  • Chick Peas
  • Green Peas
  • Kidney Beans
  • Lentils
  • Lima Beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • Red Beans
  • Rice Milk
  • Soy Beans
  • Soy Milk
  • White Beans

Drugs and Other Chemicals

  • Aspartame and other artifical sweeteners
  • Aspirin
  • Cigarettes
  • Medicinal Drugs
  • Psychedelic Drugs
  • Pesticides
  • Herbicides
  • Tobacco


  • Carob
  • Catsup
  • Cocoa
  • Corn Syrup
  • Jams and Jellies
  • Fried Foods
  • Mustard
  • Black and other colored pepper
  • Potatoes
  • Sugar
  • Table salt (iodized, refined)
  • White Vinegar
  • Wheat Germ
  • Yeast

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Go from this list of acidic food to learn more about pH balance and how to prevent acidosis.

Please Note: None of this information is meant to diagnose, treat or prescribe. It is provided for your information only. Please consult with your own doctor or other health care expert before making any drastic changes to your diet or health care routine.

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