Alkaline-Acid Food Charts

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You can’t tell whether a food is alkaline or acidic just by looking at it. And what makes things a little confusing is that just because a food is alkaline or acidic OUTSIDE of the body, does NOT mean it will be alkaline or acidic INSIDE the body.

For example, lemons are acidic in nature, but have an alkalizing effect on the body once they are digested. Similarly, milk is alkaline outside the body, but acidic upon digestion. In other words, how the body reacts to certain foods is what determines whether that food is alkaline-forming versus acid-forming post-digestion.

Here’s why.

The acids and enzymes in our bodies begin to digest food the moment it enters our bodies. The effect is not dissimilar to “burning” the food. Realizing this, scientists take a similar approach when trying to determine a food’s pH effect on the body: They incinerate the food, mix the ash with water, and then analyze the mineral content of the ash. If the mineral content is highly alkaline, then the food will likely have an alkalizing effect on the body, and vice versa.

It’s worth noting that the type of soil used to grow fruits and vegetables can influence their mineral content and test results can vary. As a result, different charts can report slightly different pH levels of the same foods.

Learn more about the how an alkaline diet keeps you healthier. And download this Printable Alkaline-Acid Food Chart for your fridge.  Printable Acid-Alkaline Food Chart

Alkaline Food Chart by Degree *

Highly
Alkaline

  • baking soda
  • chlorella
  • dulse
  • lemons
  • lentils
  • limes
  • lotus root
  • mineral water
  • nectarine
  • onion
  • persimmon
  • pineapple
  • pumpkin seed
  • raspberry
  • sea salt
  • sea vegetables
  • seaweed
  • spirulina
  • sweet potato
  • tangerine
  • taro root
  • umeboshi plums
  • vegetable juices
  • watermelon

Moderately
Alkaline

  • apples
  • apricots
  • arugula
  • asparagus
  • banchi tea
  • beans (fresh green)
  • broccoli
  • cantaloupe
  • carob
  • carrots
  • cashews
  • cayenne
  • chestnuts
  • citrus
  • dandelion
  • dandelion tea
  • dewberry
  • edible flowers
  • endive
  • garlic
  • ginger (fresh)
  • ginseng tea
  • grapefruit
  • herbal tea
  • herbs (leafy green)
  • honeydew
  • kale
  • kambucha
  • kelp
  • kiwifruit
  • kohlrabi
  • loganberry
  • mango
  • molasses
  • mustard green
  • olive
  • parsley
  • parsnip
  • passion fruit
  • peas
  • pepper
  • soy sauce
  • spices
  • sweet corn (fresh)
  • turnip

Low
Alkaline

  • almonds
  • apple cider vinegar
  • apples (sour)
  • artichokes (jerusalem)
  • avocado
  • bell pepper
  • blackberry
  • brown rice vinegar
  • cabbage
  • cauliflower
  • cherry
  • cod liver oil
  • collard green
  • egg yolks
  • eggplant
  • ginseng
  • green tea
  • herbs
  • honey (raw)
  • leeks
  • mushrooms
  • nutritional yeast
  • papaya
  • peach
  • pear
  • pickles (homemade)
  • potato
  • primrose oil
  • pumpkin
  • quail eggs
  • radishes
  • rice syrup
  • rutabaga
  • sake
  • sesame seed
  • sprouts
  • watercress

Very Low
Alkaline

  • alfalfa sprouts
  • avocado oil
  • banana
  • beet
  • blueberry
  • brussel sprouts
  • celery
  • chive
  • cilantro
  • coconut oil
  • cucumber
  • currant
  • duck eggs
  • fermented veggies
  • flax oil
  • ghee
  • ginger tea
  • grain coffee
  • grapes
  • hemp seed oil
  • japonica rice
  • lettuces
  • oats
  • okra
  • olive oil
  • orange
  • quinoa
  • raisin
  • sprouted seeds
  • squashes
  • strawberry
  • sunflower seeds
  • tahini
  • tempeh
  • turnip greens
  • umeboshi vinegar
  • wild rice

Acidic Food Chart by Degree *

Very Low
Acidic

  • amaranth
  • black-eyed peas
  • brown rice
  • butter
  • canola oil
  • chutney
  • coconut
  • cream
  • curry
  • dates
  • dry fruit
  • fava beans
  • figs
  • fish
  • gelatin
  • goat cheese
  • grape seed oil
  • guava
  • honey
  • kasha
  • koma coffee
  • maple syrup
  • millet
  • organs
  • pine nuts
  • pumpkin seed oil
  • rhubarb
  • sheep cheese
  • spinach
  • string beans
  • sunflower oil
  • triticale
  • venison (deer)
  • vinegar
  • wax beans
  • wild duck
  • zucchini

Low
Acidic

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

Moderately
Acidic

  • barley groats
  • basmati rice
  • bear
  • casein
  • chestnut oil
  • chicken
  • coffee
  • corn
  • cottage cheese
  • cranberry
  • egg whites
  • fructose
  • garbanzo beans
  • green peas
  • honey (pasteurized)
  • ketchup
  • lard
  • maize
  • mussels
  • mustard
  • nutmeg
  • oat bran
  • olives (pickled)
  • other legumes
  • palm kernel oil
  • pasta (whole grain)
  • pastry
  • peanuts
  • pecans
  • pistachio seeds
  • pomegranate
  • popcorn
  • pork
  • prunes
  • rye
  • snow peas
  • soy milk
  • squid
  • veal

Highly
Acidic

  • artificial sweeteners
  • barley
  • beef
  • beer
  • brazil nuts
  • breads
  • brown sugar
  • cocoa
  • cottonseed oil
  • flour (white)
  • fried foods
  • fruit juices with sugar
  • hazelnuts
  • hops
  • ice cream
  • jam / jelly
  • liquor
  • lobster
  • malt
  • pasta (white)
  • pheasant
  • pickles (commercial)
  • processed cheese
  • seafood
  • soft drinks
  • soybean
  • sugar
  • table salt
  • walnuts
  • white bread
  • white vinegar
  • whole wheat foods
  • wine
  • yeast
  • yogurt (sweetened)

* Use these alkaline-acid food charts as a general guide and don’t worry if one chart is slightly different from another. The small differences in degree ultimately won’t make a huge difference. What will make the biggest difference is replacing processed foods with fresh foods and adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet.

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