Alkaline Food List

Keeping the balance of alkaline and acid in our daily food intake is considered helpful for people wishing to have optimum health. While there is conflicting information regarding this issue, it is still helpful to know whether a particular food is alkaline or acidic.

Why Go Alkaline?

Foods that are rich in alkaline are said to help cleanse our system by eliminating acidic wastes present in our body. The accumulation of these wastes is mainly because of poor diet, unhealthy lifestyle, stress, environmental toxins, medicines and other harmful substances.

Alkaline foods help neutralize acidity, thus, promoting good health and at the same time enabling our bodies to fight factors that contribute to diseases.

Because of the varying food lists that enumerate “alkaline foods”, which are in fact conflicting, consumers and dieters are getting more and more confused. To help you determine which foods are actually high in alkaline, here is a comprehensive alkaline food list:

Alkalizing Vegetables

  • Parsnips
  • Chlorella
  • Green Beans
  • Barley Grass
  • Alfalfa
  • Beets
  • Fermented Veggies
  • Nightshade Veggies
  • Cabbage
  • Mushrooms
  • Kohl Rabi
  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Broccoli
  • Peas
  • Cauliflower
  • Eggplant
  • Watercress
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Capsicum
  • Pumpkin
  • Cucumber
  • Spinach
  • Dandelions
  • Rutabaga
  • Wheat Grass
  • Kale
  • Collard Greens
  • Spirulina
  • Radishes
  • Tomatoes
  • Sprouts
  • Garlic
  • Green Peas
  • Sweet Potatoes

Alkalizing Fruits

  • Currants
  • Apple
  • Figs, dried
  • Lemon
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Tangerine
  • Coconut
  • Nectarine
  • Peach
  • Pear
  • Strawberries
  • Orange
  • Banana
  • Cherries
  • Avocado
  • Rhubarb
  • Grapes
  • Pineapple
  • Apricot
  • Grapefruit
  • Berries
  • Blackberries
  • Lime
  • Tomato
  • Watermelon
  • Raspberries

Alkalizing Protein

  • Chestnuts
  • Almonds
  • Powdered Whey Protein
  • Fermented Tofu

Alkalizing Spices and Seasoning

  • Mustard
  • Cinnamon
  • Tamari
  • Chili Pepper
  • Ginger
  • Herbs
  • Curry
  • Miso
  • Sea Salt

Other Alkaline Foods

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Freshly-squeezed fruit juice
  • Probiotic cultures
  • Sour cream, sour milk, and other soured dairy
  • Vegetable juice

Classifying Alkaline Foods

A particular food is categorized as alkaline based on its effect on the body once it is consumed. While fruits, such as oranges and bananas are highly alkaline in their natural state, they produce high acid levels once digested due to their high sugar content. What greatly confuses people is the fact that most “acidic” foods are in fact alkaline-forming after digestion.

For instance, citrus fruits, such as lemons, may appear highly acidic, but once they are digested by the body, they will turn alkaline-forming. On the other hand, meat, like other animal products, will appear alkaline in tests before digestion. However, after we consumed and digested animal products, they will leave highly acidic residue in our system. Considering the pre-consumption and post-consumption factors of foods will make the identification of alkaline foods easier.

Becoming Alkaline

Becoming alkaline is not as difficult as most people think. It is simply consuming larger amount of alkaline-forming foods than acid-forming ones. It is not as difficult as it might appear. In general, foods that are good for us are highly alkaline, except for animal products and some fruits that contain high levels of sugar. You do not have to have a strict alkaline-only diet. what matters most is that we consume alkaline-forming foods in amounts higher than our acid-forming food consumption.

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