Acidic Foods List

Acid-forming foods

Alkaline for Life® –  Acidic Foods



Olives, ripe


Swiss chard
Green peas
Lima beans
Carrots, commercial
Stringbeans with formed beans
Corn, fresh




Curd cheese
Eggs, whites
Cottage cheese
Cream cheese
Eggs, whole
Camembert cheese
American cheese
Ice cream


Sesame oil
Safflower oil
Canola oil
Almond oil
Sunflower oil
Soybean oil
Peanut oil
Cottonseed oil


Baked beans
Green peas
Kidney beans
Split peas
White beans
Curry powder
Garbanzo beans
White sugar
Iodized table salt


Brown rice
Buckwheat flour
Whole wheat bread (100%)
Rye bread (100%)
Corn tortillas
White rice
White flour
Saltine crackers


Maple syrup
Balsamic/Rice vinegar
Red wine/White vinegar
Sugar, brown or white
Corn syrup


Black tea
Tomato juice
Dark beer
Rice milk
Pale beer
Colas/Soft drinks
Soy milk

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Top alkalizing foods for the holidays

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If it’s usually “all or nothing” for you when it comes to healthy holiday eating, then this blog is for you! That’s because for Thanksgiving celebrations and beyond, you have plenty of choices to include delicious and alkalizing foods.  Here are some of my top alkalizing options to include in your holiday menus:

Let’s start with some basics

Try to find a way to include any of the following alkalizing foods in your favorite holiday recipes:

•    Any greens
•    Root crops
•    Nuts
•    Spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom

You can add many of these basics to traditional favorites.

Next, a few substitutions — and a little experimentation

You can boost the alkalizing power of everything from soup to dessert.  Here are just a few ideas:

•    Ginger-Pumpkin Soup
•    Wild Rice and Almond Stuffing
•    Sweet Potatoes without added sweeteners
•    Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes”
•    Avocado-Chocolate Mousse
•    Pumpkin Pie without Crust

Above everything else…

Enjoy your pasture-raised free-range turkey, tofu turkey or any other delight you have planned.  Don’t worry about the eating, just enjoy and join me in sprinkling everything with a big dose of gratitude for all that we have.

I hope you all have a healthy and happy holiday season!


Try apple cider vinegar for alkalizing fall drinks

One of my favorite beverage choices for the cooler weather is my “apple cider vinegar tea.”  Whole books have been written about the health benefits of this alkalizing powerhouse.  And, apple cider vinegar has been consumed for centuries as a healing elixir with uses ranging from digestion enhancement, to curing colds and arthritis to fatigue reduction. It was even found in Babylonian texts from 5000 BC.

apple_ciderWhen mixing your drink

Like lemons with citric acid, apple cider vinegar with its malic and acetic acids tastes acidic, but becomes alkalizing when it is metabolized within our body.

It’s also very powerful — both in flavor and alkalizing ability — so consider taking this very basic invigorating recipe to the right and flavoring it to your taste with a variety of other bone-building ingredients.  My favorite is simple hot water, apple cider and a bit of honey.

When shopping for apple cider vinegar at the grocery store or health food store, make sure to look for the unfiltered, unprocessed version.  You’ll know you’ve found the right kind if it’s murky and even looks like it has cobwebs floating in it (called the “mother”) — really!  Braggs is one popular organic brand.

Remember, it’s powerful!

Please remember that apple cider vinegar is very powerful, so make sure to always dilute it with a good amount of water as noted above.  Drinking it “straight” could result in damage to your teeth or even to your esophagus.

Of course, apple cider vinegar has many uses besides a warm drink.  I’ve used it to get a tangy flavor in salad dressing, marinade or glaze.  If you have weak digestion try taking it as an appetizer before meals, as it will enhance hydrochloric acid production and build digestive strength.  Plus it tastes great to me!

What are some ways you enjoy your apple cider vinegar?  I’d like to hear about them.


tips for starting an alkaline diet

Tips to eat alkaline

Woman shopping for alkaline dietFall is a great time to make a little extra effort to eat alkaline. We’re settling back into our routines — not to mention the abundance of traditional fall foods that are alkalizing.

Whether you want to get started eating alkaline or are looking to take your alkaline eating plan to the next level, I’ve got some helpful tips for you.

Tips to eat alkaline

  • Try my NEW alkalizing app: When we first developed the book version of my popular Acid Alkaline Food Guide, we made it small enough to take to the grocery store in a purse or pocket.  Since things seem to be getting smaller every day, we’re introducing the Acid Alkaline app for your devices to use while shopping, eating out or any time you’re on the go. Learn more here.
  • Follow my 80%/60% guideline for alkalizing: Achieving a favorable, slightly alkaline balance does not mean acid-forming foods are completely off limits. I suggest you use the following guidelines: If you want to reverse your current acid-forming diet or have an especially challenging health condition, increase your intake of alkaline-forming foods to 80% of your diet. If you are in good health and want to maintain your alkaline diet, aim for 60% of your nutrition from alkalizing foods.

Small changes to routines increase alkalinity

  • Add a sweet potato, yam, or other alkalizing root crop to your meal plan every day. Fall is time to turn on the oven to bake root crops — enhancing their sweetness and warming the house.
  • Consume more cooked greens.  As the weather cools, include more sautéed delicious greens such as kale, collards, and beet greens in your diet.
  • Drink alkalizing hot beverages, such as ginger tea, apple cider vinegar, herbal teas, hot water, or hot veggie broths.
  • Make soups with a greater variety of fresh spices and vegetables. Try lemon basil, holy basil, oregano, lemon grass, ginger, galangal and coriander. Add lentils to your veggie soup for added protein and extra texture.
  • Eat proteins and flesh foods in moderation. You need only 50-60 grams of protein a day, which can be provided by flesh foods, beans, grains, cheese, yogurt, and other dairy.

Remember, alkalizing improves health and protects bone — and small changes yield big results.


pH and your bones — why an alkaline diet makes sense

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There’s a very simple approach to improving the health of your bones that practitioners here in the US have overlooked for almost a century now. It’s available to anyone, it’s natural, it’s not terribly expensive — and you don’t even need health insurance to use it.

pH basics*

The term “pH” literally means potential for hydrogen. It’s used to designate the concentration of hydrogen ions in a given fluid. The more hydrogen ions, the more acidic the fluid is. Here are the fundamentals:

  • pH is measured on a logarithmic scale of 0 to 14.
  • 7 is neutral — neither acidic nor alkaline.
  • Anything above 7 is considered alkaline or “basic.”
  • Anything below 7 is considered “acidic.”
  • For survival, blood pH must be tightly regulated to stay between 7.35 and 7.45.
  • pH of other bodily fluids varies more widely (urine pH, for example, can range between 4.5-8.0).**

* The Acid Alkaline Food Guide, p 11.

I’m talking about an alkaline diet — this remarkably effective way of eating can help keep your acid-base (pH) balance in the optimal range so you can support your bones and your body. In over 20 years of working with women at the Center for Better Bones, I’ve witnessed tremendous improvement in the bones of women who have moved to an alkalizing diet.

But what exactly does pH have to do with bone health? Let’s take a closer look.

What pH means to your health

We evolved in an alkaline or “basic” mineral-rich ocean environment. It’s perfectly logical that our enzymes, immune systems, and repair processes all function at their best in an alkaline environment.

At the same time, our everyday metabolic processes produce a tremendous amount of acid. The molecular fuel we use to contract our muscles during intense exercise, for example, produces a build-up of positively-charged hydrogen atoms (protons), which makes us more acidic. When we digest foods with sulfur-containing amino acids, like animal proteins, we produce sulfuric acid as a metabolic by-product. Even our detox, immune, and stress responses can create substantial acidic by-products. So the body has the minute-to-minute task of neutralizing or getting rid of all this acid and bringing it back to the alkaline environment that’s best for its cells. In fact, your life depends on getting it back into balance!

The body is alkaline by design, but acid by function.

— Albert Szent–Gyögyi
Nobel Laureate and discoverer of vitamin C

Many people find it hard to believe that small fluctuations in pH can have dramatic effects on our health but they can. With our blood pH, the range is held tightly between 7.35 and 7.45 in our arteries, and between 7.31 and 7.41 in our veins. If a shift of even 0.1 above this range occurs in the blood pH, the blood becomes unable to deliver adequate oxygen and protect us from disease.

What’s an alkalizing mineral?

When we talk about alkalizing minerals, understand that it is not really the minerals themselves that alkalize, but the anions (negatively charged ions) attached to the minerals. For example, alkalizing factors are the citrate in potassium citrate, the carbonate in calcium carbonate, or the ascorbate in calcium ascorbate. I call these “mineral complexes” or alkalizing “mineral salts.”

We have several built-in, automatic mechanisms that regulate pH, involving our kidneys, lungs, and skin. The lungs help by excreting acids as carbonic acid. The kidneys excrete acids through the urine after neutralizing them by drawing available mineral compounds from the blood and tissues (such as muscle tissues). But if the kidneys face excessive acid levels or insufficient buffering minerals in the blood and tissues, then the body is forced to tap into our bones’ alkaline mineral reserves, or the delicate kidney tissue will be burned by the acids.

How your bones help maintain pH balance

The vast majority of the alkalizing mineral complexes in our bodies are stored in our bones, where they serve two main purposes:

  1. They give our bones strength.
  2. They maintain a reserve for pH regulation of the blood and other bodily fluids.

Alkalizing or “basic” mineral complexes balance the effects of slight blood acidity. With even small variations in acidity, the body draws alkalizing minerals first from the blood, then, if necessary, from tissues such as muscle, and ultimately from the bone stores.

Over time, eating an imbalanced diet of excess animal protein, refined grains, sugar, alcohol and salt that is low in fruits and vegetables, forces your body to slip into a state of mild acidosis. Chronic stress, excessive or insufficient exercise, and environmental toxins add to this acid burden. Over the long term, this state of continual acidosis requires more and more of our mineral reserves to be pulled from the bones just to restore pH balance.

You probably wouldn’t notice being in a slightly acidic state — it isn’t associated with obvious immediate symptoms. But if it goes on for a long time, it can slowly lead to osteoporosis and other degenerative health disorders because bone-protecting minerals have been used up to restore pH balance. For example, loss of sodium and potassium reserves can leave many women susceptible to blood pressure and other cardiovascular problems. Metabolic acidosis can also affect protein metabolism, which can result in muscle wasting and decreased cell, tissue, and organ repair. Accumulated acids lead to accelerated aging, increased free radicals, and impaired antioxidant activity. Acidosis may also increase your risk of kidney stones, fluid retention, imbalanced gut flora, and growth of yeast, fungi, and bacteria, which all thrive in an acidic environment.

Causes of chronic low-grade metabolic acidosis

Whether we know it or not, most of us are affected by low-grade metabolic acidosis simply because we live in the modern world. Unfortunately, our modern lifestyle — especially the standard American diet (which I like to call “SAD”!) — actually encourages chronic low-grade metabolic acidosis, which makes us even more acidic.

Sources of chronic, low-grade metabolic acidosis

  • Diet
  • Distress (excess cortisol and adrenaline)
  • Delayed immune system reactions (from delayed immune sensitivities or responses).
  • Environmental toxins

Never before has our food supply been so depleted of minerals and vital nutrients. And never before have we eaten diets so high in animal proteins, sweeteners, and processed food, with so few fruits and vegetables. We’re also under chronic stress, or are exposed to a vast array of pollutants.

In terms of diet, most of our so-called modern conveniences don’t help balance our bodies’ pH. High-protein power bars, ultra-caffeinated drinks, highly processed “fast” and “convenience” foods full of fillers and fats, refined flours and sugars are all acid-forming foods and your bones are paying the price! Yet when you move to a diet of alkalizing foods — whole fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and spices — you can quickly ease a great deal of this burden, using food to help your bones instead of hurt them.

The impact of one can of cola

sodacansA simple 12-ounce can of cola has a pH somewhere between 2.8 and 3.2, but our kidneys can’t excrete urine with a pH much lower than 5 without damaging the urinary tract. Your body has to do even more work first.

To process 12 ounces of cola so it can be excreted in the urine at a pH of 5, it must be diluted a hundred-fold. That means either the body must produce an additional 33 liters of urine (not likely to happen, since drinking enough water to make that much would be equivalent to drowning!), or take a corresponding amount of buffering substances from the bones to neutralize the excess acid.

This is a lot to buffer, all from just one little can of cola! Now imagine the effects of a can a day (or more!) for 10 to 20 years.

Keep in mind that food isn’t the only acid culprit here. Many women are exposed to overwhelming amounts of stress that can also add to the acid burden, affecting their bones. When we’re feeling overwhelmed by work, not getting enough sleep, eating poorly, and even when our minds are distracted by problems — the list can go on and on — our bodies release stress hormones known as adrenaline and cortisol. When this sort of stress occurs now and again, you can usually recover, but if this is your life all the time, it’s very damaging in the long run. When sustained at high levels, stress hormones can tilt the body toward acidosis and deteriorating bone health.

But I have some good news for you — you can relieve a great deal of the acid burden in your bones by making some simple food choices. When you do, your bones will be able to use their mineral stores for building bone, rather than fighting acidosis. A few adjustments to your diet and lifestyle can quickly shift your body away from a low-grade acidic state back to an ideal balance. In fact, changing to a more alkaline diet is probably the quickest and easiest way to do it.

10 ways to alkalize your diet

  1. Eat more than 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day
  2. Reduce your daily soda drinks or eliminate them all together
  3. Eat potatoes, squash and other root crops instead of refined carbs
  4. Squeeze a fresh lime or lemon into your water
  5. Add seaweed to your cooking
  6. Drink mineral water instead of tap water
  7. Strive for 60 grams (or less) of animal protein per day
  8. Add cinnamon, ginger, and spices to your meals
  9. Monitor your urinary pH
  10. Supplement your diet with a high-quality multivitamin-mineral complex

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Some alkalizing fruits and veggies*

For more foods, see our chart on the acid-alkaline food spectrum and my book, The Acid-Alkaline Food Guide.


  • Sweet potatoes/yams
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Asparagus
  • Kale
  • Arugula
  • Endive
  • Broccoli


  • Limes
  • Nectarines
  • Raspberries
  • Watermelon
  • Tangerine
  • Pineapple
  • Grapefruit
  • Cantaloupe
  • Raisins

Make food your “stay well” medicine

The Greek physician Hippocrates said that food should be our first and most important medicine. This is truer now in the 21st century than ever before. When for every ailment, you have a pill to pop and a slew of corresponding side effects, it’s time for a new approach. If you are concerned about the strength of your bones now and for the future, start making a difference with an alkaline diet. We’ve used it to help women in all stages of bone health, and it works.

pH and bones: the science

Many of the body’s organs and systems, particularly the kidneys and lungs, play important roles in maintaining proper pH. The lungs excrete acids as carbon dioxide, and they do this without much effort or input from us — diet, for example, plays no direct role in the lungs’ excretion of volatile acids. The kidneys’ ability and need to excrete acids, however, is directly influenced by what we eat. On a balanced, whole foods diet that includes ample amounts of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, the body is provided with the anonic (negatively-charged) alkaline mineral salts it needs for buffering excess acids (positively charged ions). Under these ideal circumstances, the kidneys are able to maintain the net acid-alkaline balance in proper proportion. An imbalanced diet high in animal protein, refined carbohydrates, caffeine, and processed foods, however, can force us into mild but chronic acidosis. As acidity rises, the kidneys must compensate by seeking and using the body’s precious alkali reserves. As the alkali reserves become depleted, the body’s systems become compromised and are forced into suboptimal functioning.

Overall in our society, we consume a very imbalanced diet, high in acidifying foods. This imbalanced diet pushes us toward low-grade metabolic acidosis, to which the body’s response is a withdrawal of calcium salts and other alkalizing mineral salts from the blood and tissues. The majority of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and spices have an alkalizing effect. Most grains are somewhat acid-forming, as are many high-protein foods. Refined sugar is acid-forming, while natural sea salt is alkaline-forming. Ideally, our diet should be composed of about 35% acid-forming foods and 65% alkaline-forming foods; however, the proportion of alkalizing foods should be higher when bringing the body back into balance, or when healing is required. For a comprehensive chart detailing the alkalizing and acidifying metabolic impacts of foods, see our acid-forming and alkaline-forming food charts.

Monitoring pH

A good approximation of your overall tissue pH can be easily obtained by evaluating the pH of your first morning urine and then monitoring it over time. When the first morning urine is between 6.5 (slightly acidic) and 7.5 (slightly alkaline), it indicates that the overall cellular pH is appropriately alkaline.

The Alkaline for Life® pH Kit was developed by Dr. Susan E. Brown, PhD, as a self-contained guide to understanding and measuring body pH. The kit is sold for the purposes of measuring and monitoring your acid-alkaline balance. It includes instructions on altering pH balance with diet and a comprehensive chart showing which foods and chemicals have metabolically acidifying or alkalizing effects, an audiotape on “Acid-Alkaline Balance and Bone,” the necessary pH test paper, and several published articles on pH balance and health.

Further reading

Detailed information on measuring your pH and alkalinizing your diet is also contained in our book, Better Bones, Better Body: A comprehensive self-help program for preventing, halting and overcoming osteoporosis (Keats 2000), by Dr. Susan E. Brown, PhD, CCN. If you are interested in reviewing further recent research conducted by the Better Bones Foundation, verifying the value of the first morning urine pH measurement, see the 2000 ASBMR abstract by Whiting, Bell, & Brown. See also Acid-alkaline balance and its effect on bone health, International Journal of Integrative Medicine, Nov./Dec. 2000, by Susan E. Brown, PhD, CCN; and Russell Jaffe, MD, PhD, CCN.

High dietary acid load increases risk of diabetes

How can taking care of your bones help reduce your risk of diabetes? The answer may be found in new research suggesting a strong connection between an acidic diet and a higher risk for Type 2 diabetes in women.

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In the French study of 60,000 women, those with a higher acid load had over a 50% increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes as compared to women with a lower acid load.

What’s also interesting is that the risk for developing diabetes was even greater for non-obese women of normal weight (considered to be 141 lbs or below) who had a high acid load as compared to women of normal weight who had a low acid load.

High acid load was also linked to an increase in diabetes in obese women, but the association was stronger among women of normal weight. Women who were overweight had about an overall 30% increased risk of developing diabetes. This suggests that acid load was a factor behind the increase in diabetes over the 14 year study, and not simply due to obesity.

Reducing the acidic load has long been part of my Better Bones, Better Body approach, and now it may be more important than ever — especially when you consider the increasing rates of diabetes in the U.S. I’ve seen statistics showing that 25% of those 65 years or older had been diagnosed with diabetes.

Starting an alkaline diet

In my clinical practice, I’ve found that one extremely effective way to reduce acid load is through a diet high in alkaline-forming foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and spices. In fact, I’ve devoted a whole section of my website to the Alkaline for Diet, including:

  • pH and bones – why an alkaline diet makes sense
  • Sample recipes from the Alkaline for Life diet
  • Acid-forming and Alkaline-forming foods

With an alkaline diet, you can help keep your acid-base (or pH) balance in the optimal range — supporting your bones and your entire body.



Fagherazzi, G. et al., Dietary acid load and risk of type II diabetes: the E3N-EPIC cohort study. Diabetologia, DOI 10.1007/s00125-013-100-0,2013

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health. (accessed 01.10.2014)

Getting to the root of alkalizing foods


As you start planning your Thanksgiving meal, I encourage you to remember that many of the healthiest traditional foods —yams, carrots, sweet potatoes and beets — aren’t just for the holidays and should be added to your menu whenever possible.

That’s because root crops are always high in alkalizing potassium and often carry abundant bone stabilizing carotenoids as noted by their colors. The other Thanksgiving favorites squash and all other gourds also are highly alkalizing for the same reasons.

Enjoy one or more of these alkaline root crops and gourds every day:

  • Beets
  • Burdock
  • Carrots
  • Daikon radish
  • Jícama
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lotus root
  • Onion
  • Parsnips
  • Potatoes
  • Rutabaga
  • Squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Taro root
  • Turnips
  • Yams

Alkaline foods aren’t just for Thanksgiving…

One of the best ways to alkalize is to substitute root crops for refined grains. I think you’ll be surprised how simple it is to alkalize your body by replacing pasta, pizza, pastry, rice or bread with dishes made from root crops several days a week. Here are some of my other favorite ideas:

  • Leftover potatoes, sweet potatoes, and squash can be added to your breakfast in place of toast or other baked goods.
  • Warming and filling root crop soups also make wonderful alkaline breakfasts.
  • Try adding a bit of daikon radish to your dishes to not only alkalize, but also improve digestion.
  • For an alkalizing chip alternative, try thinly slicing sweet potatoes or beets, cover them with olive oil and bake.

Recipe: Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

(Servings: 8 potato halves)

4 sweet potatoes, unpeeled

1 Tbsp clarified butter

1 tsp ground coriander

½ tsp sea salt

¼ tsp ground cinnamon

¼ C unsweetened almond milk

1/8 C cream cheese

4 scallions, finely chopped

½ tsp paprika

1. Preheat the oven to 400ᴼ F.

2. Pierce the potatoes a few times with a fork and arrange them on a 9” x 13” baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour, or until fork-tender. Remove from the oven and reduce the heat to 350ᴼ F.

3. Slice the potatoes lengthwise and carefully scoop the flesh into a medium-sized bowl, leaving 1/4” of flesh on the skin. Set aside.

4. In a 1 ½ quart saucepan, combine the butter, coriander, salt and cinnamon over low heat and cook for 30 seconds, stirring once or twice.

5. Add the milk and cream cheese to the saucepan and mix until well blended.

6. Add the milk mixture to the reserved potato flesh, fold in the scallions and mix well until combined.

7. Use a spoon to fill each potato skin with a portion of the mixture and transfer them to the baking sheet. Top the filled skins with paprika, and bake for about 20 minutes or until the filling begins to brown, and serve.

Recipe courtesy of The Amazing Acid Alkaline Cookbook by Bonnie Ross

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99 more answers to “is my favorite food alkaline or acidic?”

Since Plantains (2)what you eat can dramatically affect your acid-alkaline balance, you might wonder how to make changes for optimal alkalinity. I first wrote The Acid-Alkaline Food Guide to help answer the question, Are my favorite foods alkaline or acidic? And since the book came out, I’ve seen a surge of interest from readers who want to know exactly how their food choices contribute to their health.

That’s why I’m including 99 new foods in the second edition of The Acid-Alkaline Food Guide, now available.

You’ll find details about:

  • Your favorite condiments. There are so many condiments to choose from, so I’ve expanded my list to include adobo sauce, anchovy paste, barbecue sauce and gomashio. (Bonus: If you haven’t heard of these condiments, you may discover something new to try!)
  • Tropical and Asian foods. I’m delighted that some of my favorite foods from my time spent in Latin America — such as plantains — are showing up in more supermarkets and restaurants . With the growing popularity of tropical foods, I’ve included many of them in this second edition.
  • Many more general foods, such as pesto sauce, chia seeds, wasabi, water chestnuts and almond nut thin crackers.
  • Protein and Paleo. I also tackle some common misconceptions about an alkaline diet, including the idea you must completely eliminate protein and how the alkaline diet fits with the Paleo approach.

More about The Acid-Alkaline Food Guide

The Acid-Alkaline Food Guide is the first and only book to provide this information in extensive detail. Each entry includes an easy-to-understand statement of how that food will affect your body’s pH levels once it is consumed and digested. This new edition also includes a range of international foods.

Once you know the effects of these foods, you will be able to quickly and effectively create healthy meal plans using the foods you already enjoy. See for yourself!


Answer to question above: Plantains are alkalizing.



Is my favorite sauce alkalizing?

While preparing the second edition of my best-selling book, The Acid Alkaline Food Guide, I wanted to include the acid or alkaline impacts of various sauces and condiments — such as oyster sauce, red chili paste or hot pepper sauce.

As I did my calculating, I realized several important points we should all keep in mind about the metabolic effects of sauces, condiments, and other prepared foods.

Secrets in the sauce


  1. Look at each individual ingredient in the sauce itself. The ingredients can vary widely from product to product even though they may have similar names.
  2. The specific type of ingredient used is very important. For example, a sauce made with alkaline-forming apple cider vinegar will have a different effect than a sauce made with acid-forming white vinegar. Or, the type and amount of sweetener can make a difference, as the comparison of acid-forming white sugar to alkaline-forming whole cane sugar such as Sucanat shows.
  3. Commercial preparations can be vastly different from homemade. The pad thai sauce you make at home can be much better alkaline-wise than what you get at the store.

Taking a look at the whole picture

To evaluate the potential acid/alkaline impact of a particular choice, you can certainly look at each individual ingredient as acid forming or alkaline forming, and estimate how much of the ingredient you’ll use. This way, you can get a rough idea of its impact.

Of course, more important than the impact of any single food is the net overall impact on your body of all foods eaten in combination. Take a look at the whole picture to see if your daily diet is acid forming or alkaline forming. Also, even though some foods are acid forming, they have many qualities that make them a valuable addition to your diet — walnuts are one good example. Other acid-forming foods, like soft drinks or excess sugar in general, have no redeeming value and need to be eliminated from the diet.

Finally, go by results. I encourage you to use the first morning urine pH to help estimate your overall metabolic acid load. Note what you are eating and how it affects your acid-base balance, and then modify your eating and supplement program accordingly.

Don’t worry about each individual food, but look at the big picture. If you can’t alkalize with foods alone it indicates that you need more alkalizing mineral compounds, such as those found in my Better Bones Health Program. It’s easy — don’t worry.