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What is Alkaline Diet?

What is Alkaline Diet?

There is much been said in the press about alkalising foods being more healthful. This is actually part of a growing diet trend known as alkaline diet. Some experts agree that it is a good form of diet, some remain neutral and some disagree. But what is it really?

What is alkaline diet?

The alkaline diet, which is also known as the acid-alkaline diet or alkaline ash diet, is a form of diet whose premise is that food you eat can alter the pH value or the measurement of acidity or alkalinity of your body.

Metabolism, or the process that converts food into energy, is sometimes compared to fire and involves a chemical reaction that breaks down a solid mass. However, the chemical reactions in your body happen in a slow and controlled manner. And when things burn, an ash residue is left behind. This is similar with foods you eat in that they also leave an "ash" residue known as metabolic waste.

And it has been suggested that these metabolic waste can be alkaline or neutral or acidic. According to this diet, metabolic waste can directly affect your body’s acidity. This means that eating food that leave acidic ash makes your blood more acidic. If you eat foods that leave alkaline ash, it makes your blood more alkaline.

According to the acid-ash hypothesis, acidic ash is thought to make you vulnerable to illness and disease, whereas alkaline ash is considered protective. So by consuming more alkaline foods, you should be able to "alkalize" your body and improve health.

Health benefits of an alkaline diet

There are 5 key areas where having an alkaline diet will be very beneficial for your health:

  1. Cancer fighter
  2. Helps with digestive illnesses
  3. Strengthen immune system
  4. Helps with inflammation
  5. Best for diabetic people

List of alkaline and acidic foods

There are many great sources of information available on alkaline vs acidic foods and also various ways in which the pH foods are tested. The following is a list of the more alkaline foods, the more acidic as well as the more neutral foods.  Each one is assigned a number which indicates its alkalinity by the (+) sign or its acidity by the (-) sign.  Therefore, the higher the number, the more alkaline.

Alkaline foods


Alfalfa Grass +29.3
Asparagus +1.3
Barley Grass +28.1
Broccoli +14.4
Brussels Sprouts +0.5
Cabbage Lettuce, Fresh +14.1
Cauliflower +3.1
Cayenne Pepper +18.8
Celery +13.3
Chives +8.3
Comfrey +1.5
Cucumber, Fresh +31.5
Dandelion +22.7
Endive, Fresh +14.5
French Cut Green Beans +11.2
Garlic +13.2
Green Cabbage December Harvest +4.0
Green Cabbage, March Harvest +2.0
Kamut Grass +27.6
Lamb's Lettuce +4.8
Leeks (Bulbs) +7.2
Lettuce +2.2
Onion +3.0
Peas, Fresh +5.1
Peas, Ripe +0.5
Red Cabbage +6.3
Rhubarb Stalks +6.3
Savoy Cabbage +4.5
Shave Grass +21.7
Sorrel +11.5
Soy Sprouts +29.5
Spinach +13.1
Spinach, March Harvest +8.0
Sprouted Chia Seeds +28.5
Sprouted Radish Seeds +28.4
Straw Grass +21.4
Watercress +7.7
Wheat Grass +33.8
White Cabbage +3.3
Zucchini +5.7


Root Vegetables

Beet +11.3
Carrot +9.5
Horseradish +6.8
Kohlrabi +5.1
Potatoes +2.0
Red Radish +16.7
Rutabaga +3.1
Summer Black Radish +39.4
Turnip +8.0
White Radish +3.1



Avocado +15.6
Fresh Lemon +9.9
Limes +8.2
Tomato +13.6


Non-Stored Organic Grains and Legumes

Buckwheat Groats +0.5
Granulated Soy (Cooked Ground Soy Beans) +12.8
Lentils +0.6
Lima Beans +12.0
Quinoa +
Soy Flour +2.5
Soy Lecithin (Pure) +38.0
Soy Nuts (soaked Soy Beans, Then Air Dried) +26.5
Soybeans, Fresh +12.0
Spelt +0.5
Tofu +3.2
White Beans (Navy Beans) +12.1



Almonds +3.6 Brazil Nuts +0.5



Caraway Seeds +2.3
Cumin Seeds +1.1
Fennel Seeds +1.3
Flax Seeds +1.3
Pumpkin Seeds +5.6
Sesame Seeds +0.5
Sunflower Seeds +5.4
Wheat Kernel +11.4


Fats (Fresh, Cold-Pressed Oils)

Borage Oil +3.2
Evening Primrose Oil +4.1
Flax Seed Oil +3.5
Marine Lipids +4.7
Olive Oil +1.0


Foods you should only consume moderately

Fruits (In Season, For Cleansing Only Or With Moderation)

Apples -8,5
Apricot -9.5
Banana, Ripe -10.1
Bananna, Unripe +4.8
Black Currant -6.1
Blueberry -5.3
Cantaloupe -2.5
Cherry, Sour +3.5
Cherry, Sweet -3.6
Coconut, Fresh +0.5
Cranberry -7.0
Currant -8.2
Date -4.7
Fig Juice Powder -2.4
Gooseberry, Ripe -7.7
Grape, Ripe -7.6
Grapefruit -1.7
Italian Plum -4.9
Mandarin Orange -11.5
Mango -8.7
Orange -9.2
Papaya -9.4
Peach -9.7
Pear -9.9
Pineapple -12.6
Rasperry -5.1
Red Currant -2.4
Rose Hips -15.5
Strawberry -5.4
Tangerine -8.5
Watermelon -1.0
Yellow Plum -4.9


Non-Stored Grains

Brown Rice -12.5 Wheat -10.1



Hazelnuts -2.0
Macadamia Nuts -3.2
Walnuts -8.0



Fresh Water Fish -11.8  



Coconut Milk -1.5 Sunflower Oil -6.7


Acidic Foods

Meat, Poultry, And Fish

Beef -34.5
Chicken (to -22) -18.0
Eggs (to -22)
Liver -3.0
Ocean Fish -20.0
Organ Meats -3.0
Oysters -5.0
Pork -38.0
Veal -35.0


Milk And Milk Products

Buttermilk +1.3
Cream -3.9
Hard Cheese -18.1
Homogenized Milk -1.0
Quark -17.3


Bread, Biscuits (Stored Grains/Risen Dough)

Rye Bread -2.5
White Biscuit -6.5
White Bread -10.0
Whole-Grain Bread -4.5
Whole-Meal Bread -6.5



Cashews -9.3
Peanuts -12.8
Pistachios -16.6



Butter -3.9
Corn Oil -6.5
Margarine -7.5



Artificial Sweeteners -26.5
Barley Malt Syrup -9.3
Beet Sugar -15.1
Brown Rice Syrup -8.7
Chocolate -24.6
Fructose -9.5
Honey -7.6
Malt Sweetener -9.8
Milk Sugar -9.4
Molasses -14.6
Turbinado Sugar -9.5
White Sugar -17.6



Ketchup -12.4
Mayonnaise -12.5
Mustard -19.2
Soy Sauce -36.2
Vinegar -39.4



Beer -26.8
Coffee -25.1
Fruit Juice Sweetened
Fruit Juice, Packaged, Natural -8.7
Liquor -38.7
Tea (Black) -27.1
Wine -16.4


Miscellaneous (These are high acidity)

Canned Foods
Microwaved Foods
Processed Foods


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