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Oct 31, 2010
acidaway
List of Acid and Alkaline Foods
I posted this on the 'advanced GERD' board and thought it might be useful to post here also:

I received the categorization of foods below from my doctor and thought it would be useful to the posters here. The 'alkaline' foods raise the pH of the body thus making it less acidic. The 'acid' foods lower the pH of the body making it more acidic.

A good way to test your pH (or your kids' pH) is to buy pH Testing Tape and test you and/or your kids' urine first thing in the morning. Make sure to buy testing tape that measures between 5.5 or so up to 8.0. According to what I've read, urine should test at 6.8.

Here's the breakdown of foods:

Most Alkaline (most anti-acid): Baking soda, calcium, Limes, Nectarine, Persimmon, Raspberry, Watermelon, Tangerine, Lentils, Yams, Onions, Daikons, Taro Root, Sea Vegetables, Burdock, Sweet Potato, Pumpkin seeds

More Alkaline: Spices, Cinnamon, Grapefruit, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Citrus, Mango, Dewberry, Loganberry, Kohlrabi, Parsnip, Garlic, Kale, Parsley, Endive, Mustard Green, Ginger Root, Broccoli, Poppy seeds, molasses

Low Alkaline: Herbs (most), Lemon, Pear, Apple, Avocado, Blackberry, Cherry, Peach, Papaya, Potato, Bell Pepper, Mushroom, Califlower, Eggplant, Pumpkin, Collard Greens, Primrose Oil, Sesame Seeds, Cod Liver Oil, Almonds, Sprouts, Quail Eggs, Green tea, Mu tea, Rice Syrup, Apple Cider Vinegar

Lowest Alkaline: Orange, apricot, banana, blueberry, pineapple, raisin, currant, grape, strawberry, brussel sprout, beet, chive, okra, turnip greens, squash, lettuces, avacod oil, seeds (most), coconut oil, olive oil, linseed oil, oats, quinos, wild rice, duck eggs, ginger tea, sucanar

Lowest Acid: Curry, Guava, Dry Fruit, Figs, Dates, Persimmon Juice, Spinach, Fava Beans, Kidney Beans, String Beans, Chutney, Rhubarb, Pumpkin seed oil, grape seed oil, sunflower oil, pine nuts, canola oil, millet, kasha, triticale, amaranth, brown rice, wild duck, venison, fish, chicken eggs, cream, yogurt, kona coffee, honey, maple syrup, rice vinegar

Low Acid: Vanilla, Plum, Prune, Tomatoes, Tofu, Pinto Beans, White Beans, Navy Beans, Adzuki Beans, Lima Beans, Chard, Almond Oil, Sesame Oil, Safflower Oil, Buckwheat, Wheat, Spelt, Semolina, Teff, Goose, Turkey, Lamb, Mutton, Elk, Shellfish, cow milk, goat milk, aged cheese, soy cheese, black tea, balsamic vinegar

More Acid: Nutmeg, Cranberry, Pomegranate, green pea, peanut, snow pea, legumes (other), carrots, chick pea, pistachio seed, pecans, corn, rye, oat bran, chicken, pork/veal, mussels, squid, casein, new cheeses, coffee, saccharin

Most Acid: Pudding, Jam, Jelly, Soybean, Carob, hazelnuts, walnuts, brazil nuts, barley, pheasant, beef, lobster, processed cheese, ice cream, beer, sugar, cocoa, white vinegar

If you want to see this in a better format check out https://sites.google.com/site/healthguy99/home/foodchart

For an idea of what an acid-alkaline diet looks like, here is what I typically eat in a day:

Fresh, raw green kale (28-56 cups) (More Alkaline) 1-2 medium-sized watermelons (Most Alkaline) 1 cup of ground flax seed (Lowest Alkaline) 1 sweet potato or yam (Most Alkaline) 1-2 cups of molasses (More Alkaline) 1/2 chicken some days; entire chicken some days, very little meat some days; cook in water and season with oregano and basil (More Acid) green tea - drink all day as main beverage (Low Alkaline)

Other foods I mix in occasionally: onions, limes, lemons, tangerines, cantaloupe, broccoli, apples, blackberries, blueberries, almonds, oranges, grapes, beer, wild salmon, sardines in water

Oct 31, 2010
acidaway
formatted diet portion of inital post
Here's the diet portion of the initial post in a better format: Fresh, raw green kale (28-56 cups) (More Alkaline) 1-2 medium-sized watermelons (Most Alkaline) 1 cup of ground flax seed (Lowest Alkaline) 1 sweet potato or yam (Most Alkaline) 1-2 cups of molasses (More Alkaline) 1/2 chicken some days; entire chicken some days, very little meat some days; cook in water and season with oregano and basil (More Acid) green tea - drink all day as main beverage (Low Alkaline)
Oct 31, 2010
acidaway
correction
whoops, formatting is still messed up. Hopefully this post will fix it:

Fresh, raw green kale (28-56 cups) (More Alkaline)
1-2 medium-sized watermelons (Most Alkaline)
1 cup of ground flax seed (Lowest Alkaline)
1 sweet potato or yam (Most Alkaline)
1-2 cups of molasses (More Alkaline)
1/2 chicken some days; entire chicken some days, very little meat some days; cook in water and season with oregano and basil (More Acid)
green tea - drink all day as main beverage (Low Alkaline)

Oct 31, 2010
acidaway
analysis of Gerber baby foods
Here's a quick analysis of the Gerber foods recommended on this page against the acid-alkaline food chart from the initial post: http://www.gerber.com/AllStages/Nutrition_And_Feeding/Supported_Sitter_Nutrition_Guide.aspx

Gerber cereals
Gerber Barley cereal (barley is in the Most Acid category)

Gerber oatmeal cereal (Oats are Lowest Alkaline, but the second ingredient is soy which is Most Acid, so this is likely acidic)

Gerber Rice cereal (Brown Rice is Lowest Acid and second ingredient is soy so this is acidic)

Gerber whole wheat cereal (Wheat is Low Acid and add in the soy which makes it more acidic)

Gerber vegetables
carrots - More Acid
Green Beans - Lowest Acid
Peas - More Acid
Squash - Lowest Alkaline
Sweet Potatoes - Most Alkaline

Gerber Fruits
apples - Low Alkaline
Bananas - Lowest Alkaline
Peaches - Low Alkaline
Pears - Lowest Alkaline
Prunes - Low Acid

The acid-alkaline profile of the fruits is decent, but there is only one food (sweet potatoes) in the Most Alkaline or More Alkaline categories.

It might be helpful to puree some fresh, raw green kale; watermelon; raspberries, cantaloupe or other food from the Most Alkaline and More Alkaline categories in order to balance out the acidity from the rest of the Gerber-recommended diet.

Nov 01, 2010
adelines mom
thank you so much for sharing this!!!
Nov 02, 2010
acidaway
You're welcome!
I hope this helps you out!
Nov 02, 2010
dcd
Wonderful! Thanks for sharing. I would not have guessed some of these - limes as most alkaline? Weird.
Check with your
doctor first!