Acid Alkaline Diet Food Chart

The Acid Alkaline Diet helps you to consume enough alkaline foods so that your pH is balanced at a healthy level, between 7.35 and 7.45. If the alkaline levels rise over 7.45, it results in alkalosis which may cause irritability, muscle twitching or muscle cramps. This occurs very rarely in situations when too much stomach acids are lost during vomiting, or when to much bicarbonate (baking soda) is ingested.

If the levels fall below 7.35, it can result in acidosis, which may cause nausea and vomiting, fatigue, headaches and confusion. This happens quite frequently, as most foods which are consumed in the modern American diet are acidic to the body.

You should always strive to consume at least 75 percent or more of alkaline foods. Having an acid alkaline food chart handy in your kitchen will help you to better plan your meals so that you can eat a balanced diet.

Alkalizing Vegetables

Almost all vegetables have an alkalizing effect on the body, so you can eat as much of them as you like and make them a part of every meal. The darker they are in color, the more alkalizing they will be.

  • Alfalfa
  • Alfalfa grass
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Chard greens
  • Collards
  • Egg plant
  • Barley grass
  • Bok choy
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Dandelion
  • Endive
  • Green beans
  • Jicama
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce
  • Leeks
  • Mustard greens
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkins
  • Radishes
  • Rutabaga
  • Rhubarb
  • Sea vegetables
  • Seaweed
  • Sorrel
  • Sprouts
  • Spinach
  • Squash
  • Straw grass
  • Turnips
  • Watercress
  • Wheat grass
  • Zucchini

Acid but Alkalizing Vegetables

  • Corn
  • Mushrooms
  • Sweet potatoes

Alkalizing Fruits

  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Cherries
  • Coconuts
  • Dried apricots
  • Dried figs
  • Watermelons

Acid but Alkalizing Fruits

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Bananas (very ripe)
  • Cantaloupe
  • Currants
  • Dates
  • Gooseberries (ripe)
  • Grapes (ripe)
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Pineapples
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Tangerines
  • Tomatoes

Acidic Fruits

If you are very acidic, you may want to avoid these fruits, or at least limit your portion to 1 serving per day.

  • Acai berries
  • Blueberries
  • Cranberries
  • Papaya
  • Plums
  • Rose hips

Alkalizing Herbs, Spices and Seasonings

Most herbs have an alkalizing effect, and can be used to naturally add more flavor to your cooked meals as well as salads. Herbs like ginger, cinnamon, basil, thyme and stevia can also be used to make tea.

  • Basil
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Celery
  • Chili pepper
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Cinnamon
  • Comfrey
  • Curry
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Ginseng
  • Horse radish
  • Kamut grass
  • Miso
  • Mustard
  • Oregano
  • Sea salt
  • Shave grass
  • Stevia
  • Tamari
  • Thyme

Alkalizing Grains and Legumes

  • Buckwheat
  • Lima beans
  • Millet
  • Navy beans
  • Soy flour
  • Soy Lecithin (pure)
  • Soy nuts
  • Soybeans (fresh)
  • Spelt
  • Tofu

Acidic but Alkalizing Grains and Legumes

  • Lentils
  • Granulated soy
  • Kamut

Acidifying Grains and Legumes

Even though grains are acidifying, they can still be a part of an alkaline meal when combined with dark green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach or collards.

  • Barley
  • Bulgar wheat
  • Cornstarch
  • Couscous
  • Oats
  • Pasta (white)
  • Quinoa
  • Rice
  • Rye
  • Wheat
  • White flour

Alkalizing Nuts

  • Almonds
  • Almond butter (raw)
  • Brazil nuts
  • Pine nuts

Acidifying Nuts

  • Cashews
  • Hazelnuts (also known as filberts)
  • Macedamia
  • Peanuts
  • Pistachios
  • Walnuts

Alkalizing Seeds

  • Caraway
  • Cumin
  • Fennel
  • Flax
  • Pumpkin
  • Sesame
  • Sunflower

Alkalizing Drinks

  • Coffee substitutes
  • Fruit juices (raw)
  • Tea (herbal, green)
  • Water

Acidifying Drinks

  • Beer
  • Coffee
  • Fruit juices, (commercially prepared)
  • Liquor
  • Soda
  • Tea (black)
  • Wine

Alkalizing Oils

  • Borage oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Evening Primrose oil
  • Flax seed oil
  • Marine lipids
  • Olive oil
  • Sesame oil

Acidifying Fats and Oils

  • Cod liver oil
  • Corn oil
  • Margarine
  • Sunflower oil

Alkalizing Dairy

  • Buttermilk
  • Goat cheese
  • Goat Milk

Acidifying Dairy

  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Cottage cheese
  • Cream
  • Milk
  • Quark
  • Yogurt

Acidifying Meats and Other Animal Proteins

  • Beef
  • Buffalo
  • Carp
  • Chicken
  • Clams
  • Duck
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Lobster
  • Mussels
  • Organ meats
  • Oysters
  • Pork
  • Rabbits
  • Turkey
  • Veal

Acidifying Sweets and Sweeteners

  • Agave nectar
  • Alcohol sugars
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Barley malt syrup
  • Beet sugar
  • Brown rice syrup
  • Chocolate
  • Fructose
  • Halva
  • Honey
  • Maple syrup
  • Sugar
  • Molasses
  • Xylitol

Other Alkalizing Foods

  • Baking soda
  • Bee pollen
  • Minerals
  • Whey protein powder
  • Soy protein powder

Other Acidifying Foods

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Canned foods
  • Cereals
  • Hummus
  • Tempeh
  • Vinegar

Note that microwaving, cooking, canning or freezing foods may cause them to become slightly acidic, so you may want to resort to eating them raw. Vegetables may be lightly steamed to help bring out the flavor.

The Acid Alkaline Diet is high in fiber, which helps to eliminate toxic acids from the body and eliminates them through bowel movements. The fiber also absorbs water in the digestive tract to help soften the stool. Therefore, it is essential that you consume plenty of water in order to avoid constipation or dehydration.

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  • Jeanine Kennedy

    The article states: “The Acid Alkaline Diet helps you to consume enough alkaline foods so that your pH is balanced at a healthy level, between 7.35 and 7.45. ”

    My Question Is: how can I determine my pH leavel???

    Also, is Earl Gray tea acidic or alkaline?

    Thank you.