Alkaline vs Acid-Forming Food

My journey to a healthier lifestyle has been exciting, surprising, and a little daunting. I was well aware that I would have to separate myself from some foods I enjoyed, but I did not know how much. When I started learning about alkaline and acid-forming foods, my response was, Lord, what will I eat? Lol. Then, I did not fully understand that moderation was the key. I could still eat a lot of these foods but in lesser amounts. If you have been following this blog, you would have realized that in several posts, I spoke about adopting a lifestyle and avoiding quick diets and delved into detoxification (it would be helpful to read). Since I mentioned Alkaline foods and how important it was to eat more alkaline-forming foods and lessen your intake of acid-forming foods, I thought it might be a great idea to list some of these foods.

It is important to remember that there are many foods out there. Therefore I can’t list them all. Also, information changes over time; therefore, do not chastise me if you read something otherwise. This is what I have researched and understood. Finally, I am sharing that this may be a starting point for you if you desire to embrace a similar lifestyle.

All foods contain both acid-forming and alkaline-forming components as it is the inorganic minerals that determine acidity or alkalinity. For example, potassium and sodium are alkaline-forming, while Sulphur is acid-forming. The method used to test how acidic or alkaline something is is called filtration. So if a food has more alkaline-forming elements, it is said to be alkaline, and the same goes if it has more acid-forming features, it is said to be acidic.

Remember, we need both; however a diet of mostly alkaline food is better. For example it is said that 80 percent alkaline and 20 percent acid forming is vital for Greater health. But 90 percent alkaline or more will give vibrant health and this is what you should be thriving for.

Now here is the list, and as your knowledge broadens and you learn more, you can adjust your list accordingly. Feel free to comment if you have something to add as well.

Alkaline-Forming Foods


Apples, apricots, bananas, berries, cherries, fresh coconut, currants dates, figs, grapefruits, grapes, guava, kumquats, ripe lemons, limes, loquats, mangoes, all melons, nectarines, oranges, passion fruits, papaya, pears, peaches, fresh pineapple, pomegranates, raisins, tamarind and tangerines.


Alfalfa, avocados, Asparagus, lima beams, beets, bell peppers (all colors), Brussel sprouts. red and white cabbage, carrots, celery, cauliflower, chard. chestnuts, chives. collards, cucumber, dandelions, dill, eggplant, garlic, horseradish, kale, leeks, romaine lettuce, okra, olives, onions, parsley, parsnips, radish, peas, sorrel, spinach, sprouts, squash, sweet potatoes, turnips, white potato and chard.


Almond, pecans, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, and pine nuts, ( eat these moderately). Apple cider vinegar, molasses, olive oil, spices, natural tea, grains ( amaranth, millet, quinoa), miso and whey.

Acid-Forming Foods

Barley, Green bananas, blueberries, Bread, cakes, candy, breakfast cereals, cheeses, chocolate, artificial colorings, condiments, garbanzos, gelatin, grains, jam and jellies, grits, hominy, ice-cream, lentils, mayonnaise, meat. oatmeal, processed oils, salt, nuts, pickled olives, nuts, pasta, pastries, pies, peanut, black pepper, plums, prunes, rice cakes, rice, soybeans, soy products, spaghetti’s, refined sugar, canned vegetables, vinegar, yogurt.

It is proven that more people eat acid-forming food hence. Maybe this is the reason for an increase in certain health conditions. By learning to eat better, we can lead healthier life. So eat more raw, organic and natural foods for vibrant health.

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