The Acid & Alkaline Foods List

Use an acid alkaline foods list to understand the body in terms of alkalinity or acidity. Here are some charts and lists.

There are many lenses through which to view diet, health, and well-being. Acidity and Alkalinity is just one of these lenses. In general, diet and stress impact the homeostasis of the human body. We can view our imbalances in terms of over-acidity or over-alkalinity.

PH is measured on a scale from 0-14, with 7 being neutral. Above 7 is alkaline and below 7 is acidic. If it goes up a unit, then it is ten times more alkaline, if it goes up 2 units it is 100 times more alkaline. If it drops a unit it is 10 times more acidic, 2 units 100 times, and so on. Again a PH of 7 is neutral.

Food digested in the body makes the blood more acidic or alkaline. In homeostasis, blood is slightly alkaline, and functions optimally at the level of around 7.4. Likewise, it is a ideal that our diet is slightly more alkaline. The reason acidosis is more common in our society is mostly due to the typical American diet, which is far too high in acid producing animal products like meat, eggs and dairy, and far too low in alkaline producing foods like fresh vegetables. Additionally, we eat acid producing processed foods like white flour and sugar and drink acid producing beverages like coffee and soft drinks.

An acidic pH can occur from, an acid forming diet, emotional stress, toxic overload, and/or immune reactions or any process that deprives the cells of oxygen and other nutrients. The body will try to compensate for acidic pH by using alkaline minerals. If the diet does not contain enough minerals to compensate, a build up of acids in the cells will occur. This causes all kinds of health issues.

An acidic balance will: decrease the body’s ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients, decrease the energy production in the cells, decrease it’s ability to repair damaged cells, decrease it’s ability to detoxify heavy metals, make tumor cells thrive, and make it more susceptible to fatigue and illness. A blood pH of 6.9, which is only slightly acidic, can induce coma and death.


We can taste in certain foods that are highly alkaline:

1) Lemons
2) Limes
3) Grapefruits
4) Garlic
5) Herbal Teas

It’s better to look at whether the food is acid–forming or alkaline–forming, not where the food itself falls on the pH scale. So even though we think of citrus as acidic, fruits like lemons and tangerines are alkalizing because when they’re consumed, they break down and donate alkaline mineral salt compounds like citrates and ascorbates.

Similarly, foods we might normally think of as meek and mild in nature are acid-forming when ingested. Grains and milk are two examples. What’s important is not so much the pH of the food as it goes into our bodies, but the resultant pH once the food is broken down — and this is dictated by the residues the broken-down nutrients leave behind, particularly sulfates and phosphates.



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Comments (11 Responses)

  1. Moorthy says:

    Two days before cooked rice changed in pink colour

    May I know what is the reason?

  2. N Moorthy says:

    Any colour change in alkalinity rice after cooking?

  3. Nuno Oliveira says:

    The first graph says Asparagus is very alkaline. The second says it’s acidic!
    The first graph says Corn is alkaline. The second says it’s acidic!

    Also, why is Canola Oil included in alkaline section of the second graph? It sounds like it’s good for your health, which is false! Search the web!

  4. Sheila says:

    Probiotic such as Bio-k and the strength of it(50billion) helps get rid of inflammation and acidity for IBS and a whole slew of issues such as anxiety, acne, IBS,….read medical journals on Bio-k and anxiety or IBS.

  5. Billy Paddy says:

    You are kewl!
    I like to eat eggs!

  6. Mark Cantrell says:

    I have just quit my prescribed anti-acid for acid reflux & hycosiamine for IBS. Why? Just learned of a John’s Hopkins research about over counter prescriptions being overtaken and reducing kidney function 20-50%. After quiting say Nexium most have regained kidney function. So my interest is learning what foods to avoid and change of lifestyle diet keeping Acid producing foods minimized. Thanks Vijay for your request and possible chart referencing in future. I would like a copy also if becomes available.

  7. Vijay Marathe says:

    It is a bit useless chart.

    As you stated: “It’s better to look at whether the food is acid–forming or alkaline–forming, not where the food itself falls on the pH scale.”

    Also,you stated: “What’s important is not so much the pH of the food as it goes into our bodies, but the resultant pH once the food is broken down ”

    So knowing whether the food is acidic or alkaline is of academic interest only. A practical application would have been: what foods to eat to make the stomach more alkaline if one has the problem of “acidity” or GERD. (And, the opposite – but I have not heard of anyone having problem of lesser acid or more alkalinity in stomach. I guess this could happen if one has an impaired production of acid in response to foods eaten!)

    Anyway, so for practical application: Could you create list/chart of such foods?
    On left – “increases acidity in stomach when eaten”, and
    On right “decreases acidity in stomach when eaten”.



    • Lateashia says:

      I hope they make a new chart for the acid-forming and alkaline-forming foods soon, sooner rather than later. I’m highly interested in that. That’s really what people want to see… Vijay, if you come across one please let me know. Thanks in advance.

      • Momofeight says:

        The Alkaline/Acid Food chart in color (last one shown) IS acid-forming and alkaline-forming foods. It is not where the food falls on the PH scale. Look at the line above the purple bubbles near the top of the page.

    • Chuckles says:

      Your comment should be deleted. You clearly read the post but TOTALLY misunderstood the information given.

      BOTH colored charts and the B&W table ARE organized in terms of acid-FORMING (“increases acidity in stomach when eaten”) and alkaline-FORMING (“decreases acidity in stomach when eaten”).

      Example 1: the post says all meats will test and taste non-acidic (higher pH) but they are very acid-forming when digested. Thus, all 3 figures have meats under the “Acid” category because they result in an acidic condition.

      Example 2: the post says we think of citrus like oranges and lemons as acidic (which they are when tested) but they are alkaline-forming. Thus all 3 figures list citrus under the “Alkaline” category because they result in an alkaline condition.

      The post gave you exactly what you are asking for three times, and you missed it.

      • Sheila says:

        You are not correct. Tomatoes and citric fruit are acid forming after digested and thus chart doe not show it.

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