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What Are The Most Acidic Foods?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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What are the most acidic foods? Foods that are considered acidic generally have a PH level of 4.6 or lower.  Some of the foods that have a PH level of 4.6 or lower tend to cause more acidity in the body.

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What is acidity?

A PH value tells if something is acid, neutral or base.

A PH value of 0 is a high level of acidity

A PH value of 7 is neutral.

A PH value of 14 is the most basic or alkaline.

Foods that tend to cause more acidity in the body are:

  • Certain dairy products including cheese
  • Fish and seafood
  • High sodium processed foods
  • Fresh meats and processed meats like corned beef and turkey
  • Starchy foods such as brown rice and granola
  • Carbonated beverages such as soda and seltzers.
  • High protein foods such as supplements

A diet that consists of too many acid producing foods such as animal proteins, cheeses and carbonated beverages can cause acidity in your urine and other negative health issues. And one of those health issues is kidney stones.

Some research studies have shown that too much acidity can cause bone and muscle deterioration. But what’s interesting is according to research published in the Journal of Environmental and Public health states there is no conclusive evidence that suggests it improves bone health.

Some studies have shown that it can help limit muscle loss, heighten memory, alertness and help you live longer.

The citric fruits that are high acidic foods are:

  • Limes
  • Plums
  • Green Grapes
  • Purple Grapes
  • Pomegranates
  • Blueberries
  • Pineapples
  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Oranges
  • Tomatoes
  • Raisins
  • Blackberry
  • Banana

Here are some alkalizing neutral foods that you can incorporate in your diet which are:

  • Yogurt and milk
  • Fruits
  • Whole grains such as millet, quinoa
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Soy beans, tofu, tempeh
  • Beans and lentils
  • Healthy fats like avocados, olive oil, nuts, and seeds

There are some studies that reveal that too much acidity in the body can increase the risk of cancer, heart disease, liver problems, etc.

“A diet that consists of too many acid producing foods such as animal proteins, cheeses and carbonated beverages can cause acidity in your urine and other negative health issues. And one of those health issues is kidney stones.” Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert Obi Obadike

The Bottom Line if you consume a balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables, dairy and limited your processed foods, then you can maintain a normal acid base balance and overall health.

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