Low-Alkaline Diet
Posted by Jordan in Alkaline Diet

An alkaline diet food list is a valuable tool for anyone who wants to follow the alkaline diet. After all, you can't very well follow a high-alkaline diet if you don't know how the foods you eat will affect your body's pH. However, there may be times that you need to decide whether or not to eat a certain food, but you don't have a list of this type at hand. Fortunately, there are a few generalizations that we can make about a high-alkaline diet versus a low-alkaline diet.

First of all, a high-alkaline diet emphasizes natural whole foods, while a low-alkaline diet contains a lot of processed foods. There are some exceptions to this rule, but it has a lot of truth to it. For example, when I refer to one table of high-alkaline and low-alkaline diet foods, I count at least 36 alkalizing vegetables, compared with only 4 acidifying ones. In marked contrast, nearly all types of junk food are acidifying, including candies, chips, cookies, and crackers.

This tells us that the single most important rule for anyone who wants to avoid a low-alkaline diet is to eat more whole foods, and fewer processed ones.

So what exactly is a whole food? It is a food that is unprocessed and unrefined. Nothing has been taken away, and nothing has been added. Whole apples, lentils, and sweet potatoes are three foods that are uncontrovertably whole. Other foods are still basically whole even though they have more than one ingredient, or have gone through a cooking process. For example, plain yogurt is milk mixed with a bacterial culture. But it can still be considered whole, because it is relatively unprocessed.

On the other hand, a processed food has typically been refined, removing vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other beneficial components. Or it has had undesirable ingredients added to it, such as sugar, unhealthy oils, sodium, and artificial flavors and colorings.

While it can be helpful to know some technical details about acidity and alkalinity, you don't need to become an expert on biochemistry to eat a healthy diet. Choosing foods that are fresh, whole, and organic will get you a long way toward helping you switch from a low-alkaline diet to a high-alkaline one.