alkaline foods

Alkaline Foods

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What are alkaline foods?

We know that the pH balance in our bodies is extremely important - quite literally a matter of life or death - and that a healthy body is an integral part of the mind body spirit connecton.

(Read more about body pH balance here).

The best way to assure the correct body pH is through the food we eat.

North American diets and the diets of the western world in general are quite acidic. We tend to consume far too much meat, eggs and dairy products and too few fresh vegetables.

As a society we are also large consumers of white flour and white sugar, soft drinks and artificial sweeteners, all of which are acid forming in our bodies and can lead to acidosis, a condition of excess acid that can lead to disease.

Knowing how to alkalize our body through eating more alkaline foods is therefore very important to us.

Alkaline foods are foods that produce an alkaline reaction in our bodies and not necessarily the foods that we associate with alkalinity.

For example, citrus fruits like lemons are quite acidic in taste, but in actuality they create an alkaline environment in our bodies when eaten.

Honey and raw sugars on the other hand, produce an alkaline ash, but because of their high concentration of sugar, they become acidic in our body.

So it is the effect on our bodies, not the taste of the food that determines whether a particular food is alkaline or acidic.

I have sourced these lists from several books and other resources and combined them into a full list of alkaline foods.

What I found in the process is that different sources categorized some of the foods in slightly different ways. So what is a moderately alkalizing food from one source is considered a low alkaline food at another. That didn't happen often, but I have endeavored to combine all the material as best I can.

Overall I don't think it is highly important to know exactly how alkalizing a food is. Obviously highly alkaline foods are important to us, but does it really matter to most of us if a particular food is low alkaline or very low alkaline? If it is for you, obviously feel free to adjust your diet as needed.

Look here for a list of Alkaline Foods by type of food (fruits, vegetables etc). It may be an easierlist for most of us to follow.

Alkaline Foods Ranked from Most Alkaline to Least

Highly Alkaline Forming Foods

  • Agar Agar
  • Baking soda
  • Cayenne
  • Endive
  • Kiwifruit
  • Lemons
  • Lentils
  • Limes
  • Lotus root
  • Kelp
  • Mineral water
  • Onions
  • Passionfruit
  • Persimmon
  • Pineapple
  • Pumpkin seed
  • Raspberries
  • Sea vegetables
  • Seaweeds
  • Sweet potato
  • Tangerines
  • Taro root
  • Watercress
  • Watermelon

Low to Very Low Alkaline Forming Foods

  • Almonds
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Apples (sour)
  • Avocados
  • Avocado oil
  • Artichokes (jerusalem)
  • Banana
  • Beets
  • Blueberries (sometimes found in alkaline lists, sometimes in acid forming lists)
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Blackberries
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Chestnuts
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Coconut (fresh)
  • Coconut oil
  • Cod liver oil
  • Collard greens
  • Cucumbers
  • Currants
  • Duck eggs
  • Egg yolks (soft cooked)
  • Eggplant
  • Essene bread
  • Flax oil
  • Ghee
  • Ginger tea
  • Ginseng
  • Goat's milk and whey (raw)
  • Grain coffee
  • Grapes
  • Green tea
  • Honey (raw)
  • Most herbs
  • Japonica rice
  • Leeks
  • Lettuces
  • Mayonnaise (homemade)
  • Mushrooms
  • Oats
  • Okra
  • Olive oil
  • Olives (ripe)
  • Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Papaya
  • Pears
  • Peppers (sweet bell)
  • Pickles
  • Potatoes
  • Primrose oil
  • Quail eggs
  • Quinoa
  • Radishes
  • Raisins
  • Rice syrup
  • Rutabaga
  • Sake
  • Most seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Soy beans (dry)
  • Soy cheese
  • Soy milk
  • Sprouts
  • Squash
  • Strawberries
  • Tofu
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnip greens
  • Umeboshi vinegar
  • Vinegar (sweet brown rice)
  • Wild rice
  • Yeast (nutritional flakes)

Moderately Alkaline Forming Foods

  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Apples (sweet)
  • Arrowroot flour
  • Asparagus
  • Apricots
  • Arugula
  • Bamboo shoots
  • Bananas (ripe)
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carob
  • Carrots
  • Cashews
  • Cayenne
  • Chestnuts
  • Citrus
  • Corn (sweet fresh)
  • Currants
  • Daikon
  • Dates
  • Dewberry
  • Endive
  • Figs (fresh)
  • Garlic
  • Ginger root
  • Gooseberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Green beans
  • Guavas
  • Herbs (leafy green)
  • Honeydew
  • Kale
  • Kambucha
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce (leafy green)
  • Loganberries
  • Mango
  • Molasses (unsulfured)
  • Mustard green
  • Nectarines
  • Olives
  • Parsley
  • Parsnips
  • Peaches (less sweet)
  • Peas (fresh, sweet)
  • Pepper
  • Persimmon
  • Pumpkin
  • Raspberries
  • Sea salt
  • Soy sauce
  • Spices
  • Tamari
  • Turnip
  • Umeboshi plums
  • Vegetable juices

These foods are considered Neutral:

  • Butter (fresh, unsalted)
  • Cream (fresh, raw)
  • Cow's milk and whey (raw)
  • Margine
  • Oils (except olive)
  • Yogurt (plain)

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Please Note: None of this information is meant to diagnose, treat or prescribe in any way. 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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