The Acid Alkaline Food Chart

The acid alkaline food chart is a list of foods to help you discern whether the foods you are eating are good for you or not. The best idea is to have a balance of foods so that the pH in your body reaches a happy medium.

If your daily diet does not include a good variety of healthy foods, your body cannot function properly and adverse health conditions can result.

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Everything you consume falls into two different categories, alkaline or acid. To find out your pH balance, you can buy pH strips to test your alkaline and acid levels. However, if your level is too far in one direction or the other, you will need to balance it for optimum health.

Most people’s test results are too acidic because most of the acid foods consumed in the Standard American Diet. Things like meat, fish, eggs, wine, yogurt, and broth are all very acidic while fruits and veggies are much more alkaline.

One reason I decided to include the acid alkaline food chart on this site is because of a recent email I received from one of my readers. He seemed to be confused about the acidity of lemons and the fact that lemon water is very alkalizing in your body and considered an alkaline food. He tested litmus paper and the results were inconsistent with this statement. This can seem very confusing indeed.

What you need to understand however, is that although lemons seem to be very acid in nature, they have an alkalizing effect in your body. That's why they are listed as an alkaline food. Apple cider vinegar also seems like it'd be listed in the acid list, but in your body it too, is very alkalizing. (That's why mild apple cider vinegar douches work well for yeast infections!) Yeast infections start because the lining of the uterus becomes to acid. In both cases, it seems like it would be the opposite, but the fact is that it's not.

The Acid Alkaline Food Chart

Food Category High Alkaline
Low Alkaline
Low Acid
High Acid
BEANS, VEGETABLES, LEGUMES Vegetable Juices, Parsley, Raw Spinach, Broccoli, Celery, Garlic, Barley Grass Carrots, Green Beans, Lima Beans, Beets, Lettuce, Zucchini, Carob Squash, Asparagus, Tomato, Rhubarb, Fresh Corn, Mushrooms, Onions, Cabbage, Peas, Cauliflower, Turnip, Beetroot, Potato, Olives, Soybeans, Tofu Sweet Potato, Cooked Spinach, Kidney Beans Pinto Beans, Navy Beans Pickled Vegetables
FRUIT Dried Figs, Raisins Dates, Blackcurrant, Grapes, Papaya, Kiwi, Berries, Apples, Pears Coconut, Sour Cherries, Oranges, Cherries, Pineapple, Peaches, Avocados, Grapefruit, Mangoes, Strawberries, Papayas, Lemons, Watermelon, Limes Blueberries, Cranberries, Bananas, Plums, Processed Fruit Juices Canned Fruit
GRAINS, CEREALS Amaranth, Lentils, Sweetcorn, Wild Rice, Quinoa, Millet, Buckwheat Rye Bread, Whole Grain Bread, Oats, Brown Rice White Rice, White Bread, Pastries, Biscuits, Pasta
MEAT Liver, Oysters, Organ Meat Fish, Turkey, Chicken, Lamb Beef, Pork, Veal, Shellfish, Canned Tuna & Sardines
EGGS & DAIRY Breast Milk Soy Cheese, Soy Milk, Goat Milk, Goat Cheese, Buttermilk, Whey Whole Milk, Butter, Yogurt, Cottage Cheese, Cream, Ice Cream Eggs, Camembert, Hard Cheese Parmasan, Processed Cheese
NUTS & SEEDS Hazelnuts, Almonds Chestnuts, Brazils, Coconut Pumpkin, Sesame, Sunflower Seeds Pecans, Cashews, Pistachios Peanuts, Walnuts
OILS Flax Seed Oil, Olive Oil, Canola Oil Corn Oil, Sunflower Oil, Margarine, Lard
BEVERAGES Herbal Teas Green Tea Ginger Tea Cocoa Wine, Soda/Pop, Lemon Water Tea (black), Coffee, Beer, Liquor
SWEETENERS, CONDIMENTS Stevia Maple Syrup, Rice Syrup Raw Honey, Raw Sugar White Sugar, Processed Honey Milk Chocolate, Brown Sugar, Molasses, Jam, Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Mustard, Vinegar Artificial Sweeteners

Note: You may notice minor discrepancies in the acid alkaline food chart values provided on different websites. Please use this food chart (or any of them) loosely as an approximate guide. The principles throughout are clear in all of acid alkaline food chart listings however. To make your body more alkaline, eat plenty of vegetables and fruit daily, and moderate your consumption of processed foods, dairy products, grains, and proteins.

Always consult your physician before using natural remedies, especially for anyone with preexisting conditions or anyone currently taking prescription medications. Although many efforts are made to ensure that the advice given on this site is professionally sound, the advice is not intended to replace a mutual relationship with a medical provider.

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