If you’re trying to eat an alkaline diet, or to reduce acidity in your diet, it can be difficult to find a complete list of foods that are acceptable.
… and since so many of you have asked for it, here you go.
The most exhaustive list of high alkaline foods ever assembled.
Quick Reference Guide:
- Alkalizing Fruits and Vegetables
- Proteins, Nuts, and Seeds
- Sweeteners and Seasonings
- Foods to Avoid
If you would prefer to use supplements to alkalize your body, we recommend Yoli products.
Introduction to the High Alkaline Foods List
I recently searched for ‘high alkaline foods’ in Google and was surprised to see the pathetic results.
… I mean, look at this.
This is the front page of Google:
Thanks for the list of 7 alkaline foods, EnergiseforLife.com!
… At least Dr. Oz. is showing us 25!
What’s more, none of them are designed or organized particularly nicely. We’ve aimed to correct both issues in our post.
Notes on Alkalizing Foods:
For the purposes of our list, “High Alkaline Foods” does not specifically refer only to foods that are alkaline.
The reason is because some foods that are highly acidic, like fruits, are actually great for alkalizing your pH while the food itself is acidic.
So what you’re going to find here are foods that alkalize the body, while they may not actually be alkaline foods themselves.
You will also learn a few interesting facts about each of these foods to enhance your knowledge and appreciation of what they can do for you.
And, finally we will also provide you with a list of foods that are acidic in nature and which we recommend that you either avoid altogether or eat in moderation with a healthy dose of alkalizing foods to restore your body’s pH level.
When it comes to finding high alkaline foods there is no comparison to the benefits derived from including a significant amount of vegetables in your diet.
The health benefits of vegetables are almost too numerous to mention as they help to fight an extensive array of diseases and are an extensive source of crucial nutrition which the body needs to stay active and healthy.
- Alfalfa – Is considered one of the most alkaline of available edible plants. The plant also provides high amounts of valuable vitamins and has digestive enzymes, anti-inflammatory properties, dissolves uric acid, and acts as both a diuretic and bowel regulator.
- Asparagus – A powerful alkaline that is rich in protein and provides high dietary fiber but is very low in carbohydrates and calories. Packed with vitamins A, C, K with a trace of vitamin B complex, and includes potassium, folates, niacin and phosphorous. Contains an amino acid known as “Asparagines” which aids in the cleansing of the body’s waste materials.
- Avocado – Contains a nutritional punch and is high in potassium along with being very alkalizing for the body and in restoring pH levels in the body.
- Barley Grass – Has a strong alkalizing effect on reducing body acid. Contains a plethora of vitamins such as A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B6, Folate, and vitamins C, E & K. Also provides a source of electrolytes such as magnesium, phosphorous along with zinc, iron and calcium. This plant is rich in antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes and fiber.
- Beets – A good source for both folate and manganese. Contains “Betaines” which reduce homocysteine which can contribute to heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease, and may also provide protection against liver disease.
- Broccoli – Another excellent high alkaline resource which is packed with nutrition including vitamins C, K & A. It is also a superb source of fiber, folate, manganese, potassium, iron and protein. Some current research contends that broccoli is effective in countering many types of cancer and degenerative diseases.
- Brussel sprouts – A fine alkaline vegetable which contains indole-3-carbinol which studies have shown will prevent DNA damage from dietary and/or metabolic acid damage. Also contains sulforaphane which is believed to have anti-cancer properties.
- Cabbage – Has a potent alkalizing effect on the body. A dense leafy plant which is rich in fiber and can provide up to 20% of the USDA nutritional value for vitamins, K, C, B6 and folate. Also contains both glucosinolates and sulphoraphane which may promote anti-carcinogenic activity.
- Carrots – Are rich in alkaline properties and help to purify and revitalize the blood. Carrots are also credited with cleansing the intestine, and acts as a diuretic along with improving a person’s eyesight.
- Cauliflower – A member of the cabbage family and good source of dietary fiber and folate. Cauliflower is considered beneficial for both the kidneys and liver. Also contains phytochemicals and is best prepared by steaming, microwave or stir fry as boiling reduces the nutritional benefits.
- Celery – A good alkaline food source which contains at least 8 families of anti-cancer and anti-acid compounds. Provides support for the immune system, and is known for lowering both blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Helps prevent the development of kidney stones and acts as a diuretic.
- Chard – A nutritional powerhouse and a potent alkaline plant that contains an extensive array of numerous vitamins, trace metals and an excellent source of dietary fiber and protein.
- Collard Greens – Eaten as a vegetable or a smoothie, collard greens not only provide alkalizing properties but also contain a large amount of calcium, vitamins A, C, & K but can also provide many antioxidants and can detoxify the body while lowering cholesterol levels.
- Cucumber – Is the 4th most cultivated vegetable in the world. Considered as one of the best foods for skin health and contains the mineral silica which is vital for healthy connective tissue and contains an array of phytonutrients which aid in maintaining a healthy liver and kidneys.
- Dandelions – Dandelions aren’t just weeds as the leaves are used in both salads and herbal teas. Considered as highly alkalizing and is a natural diuretic and used to treat kidney stones.
- Dulse – A red algae found in the ocean and is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals and is high in protein.
- Eggplant – Low in fat and carbohydrates, eggplant has been found to help in significantly reducing weight and lowering cholesterol levels.
- Garlic – Asides from its alkalizing properties, garlic is a well known antioxidant and is also used as an antibiotic, anti-viral, anti-parasitic and anti-fungal medicine.
- Green beans – Also known as “string beans” or “snap beans” and is a good source for dietary fiber while being abundant in both vitamins and trace metals with high alkalizing properties.
- Kale – Not only is Kale highly prized for its alkalizing properties it is high in vitamins A, C and K along with other nutritional minerals such as manganese, calcium and iron.
- Lettuce – Comes in a variety of types but red and green leaf lettuce is more nutritional than iceberg. Romaine has the highest nutritional value, but all forms of lettuce contain vitamin C and beta-carotene which prevents the oxidation of cholesterol.
- Mushrooms – Prized for being low in calories, mushrooms are found to be high in Vitamin B and D, and essential minerals such as selenium and copper.
- Mustard Greens – Comes in a variety of types known throughout the world and is high in vitamins A & K along with other vital minerals such as selenium, chromium, iron and zinc.
- Onions – The healing properties of onions have been well known for over 3500 years. Onions are rich in flavanoids which improves blood circulation and contains enzymes such as diastase and oxidase which helps improve digestion.
- Parsnips – Are an excellent food for antioxidants and have a high fiber content that can help reduce cholesterol and prevent constipation, but they are also considered as high glycemic.
- Peas – Are considered mildly alkaline, and although they are somewhat starchy, they are high in fiber and essential vitamins and minerals.
- Pumpkin – Pumpkin seeds are considered as very alkalizing. These seeds are good source for vitamin E and K while containing an abundance of minerals.
- Potatoes – Potato juice is very alkaline and it is suggested that new potatoes are best and that the skin be left on when cooking as the skin contains the highest concentration of nutrients.
- Radishes – Radishes are rich in ascorbic acid, folic acid and potassium along with other essential nutrient supplements.
- Rutabaga – This vegetable is a cross between a cabbage and a turnip and is very rich in the vitamin B complex and contains a variety of mineral supplements.
- Spinach – Dark leafy vegetables are very alkaline and are full of nutrients such as an abundance of vitamin K, C, B complex vitamins and are rich in iron, manganese, Folate, carotenes, iodine and an assortment of amino acids.
- Sprouts – All sprouted vegetables are very alkaline and the most densely nutritional food that you can consume while providing many curative effects on the human body.
- Squashes – Varieties of squash plants contain a number of phytochemicals such as alkaloids, flavanoids, palmitic, olcic and Linoleic acid and is very high in vitamin C and vitamin B6.
- Tomatoes – Fresh tomatoes fall in the 4.3 – 4.9 pH range which makes them very alkaline. Canned tomatoes and tomato juice is more acidic than ripe tomatoes.
- Watercress – Watercress is very nutritional and contains significant amounts of iron, calcium, iodine and folic acid. The plant is also abundant in vitamins A & C. It also acts as a stimulant, diuretic, expectorant, and a digestive aid.
- Wheat Grass – Consists of young wheat plants that are often used in beverages or a smoothie. Used to treat common diseases such as cancer, infections, inflammation, gout, the common cold and bronchitis.
- Zucchini – Not only is zucchini very low in calories it is also provides an assortment of valuable nutrients such as folate, potassium and vitamin A.
Clearly, when mom said that you need to eat all your vegetables, she knew what she was talking about.
Vegetables are not only very alkalizing in restoring the overall pH of your body but they are jam-packed with essential vitamins and minerals.
Containing an abundance of fiber, vegetables have been found to help prevent and act as a curative for many diseases.
Many people are surprised to learn that fruits are actually very alkalizing on the human body because many fruits are quite acidic in their natural state.
However, when digested and broken down through the body’s metabolic process, the reverse is true and they increase the alkaline pH of the body.
- All Berries – Many berries will chemically react to acidic foods and raise them to near alkaline levels. Berries are also rich in antioxidants.
- Apples – Generally contain around 126 calories and provide significant dietary fiber and modest amounts of vitamin C. Also contains phytochemicals which may reduce the risk of some types of cancer.
- Avocado – A super food that provides healthy skin, aids in eye health and regulates blood sugars. Contains folate and vitamin E which helps reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Apricots – Apricot seeds were used against tumors going back as early as 502 AD. They contain cyanogenic glycosids and their high fiber content makes them an excellent source to treat constipation.
- Bananas – Are an edible fruit but are considered botanically as a berry. They are an excellent source of vitamins B6 & C, and contain modest amounts of potassium and manganese.
- Cantaloupe – This fruit not only reduces the acid in your body but is also a rich source for vitamin A. Cantaloupes also has 30 X more beta-carotene than fresh oranges.
- Cherries – Cherries provide an abundance of nutritional value but in very modest amounts. Raw, sour cherries are more nutritious than sweet cherries.
- Currants – Currants have long been used by Native Americans for the treatment of kidney diseases, menstrual and menopausal problems. The root and seed contain gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA). Some currants are acidic but black currants are especially alkalizing.
- Dates/Figs – Provides a wide range of nutrition and are an excellent source of potassium, protein and fiber.
- Grapes – The alkalizing effects of grapes are considered helpful in dissolving Uric acid crystals which may reduce pain in the joints.
- Grapefruit – Although grapefruit has a sub-acid taste, it has a significant alkalizing effect in reducing acid in the body. Has a great vitamin C content but don’t add sugar.
- Lemon – Although lemons are one of the most acidic foods consumed, they provide a significant alkalizing effect in reducing acid content in the body during the digestion process.
- Lime – The alkalizing effects of limes help reduce the formation of kidney stones. Lime powder can reduce the levels of oxidized lipids.
- Honeydew Melon – This tasty sweet fruit has an abundance of both vitamins and mineral nutritional components and especially has a high amount of vitamin C.
- Nectarines – Nectarines contains more vitamin C, and double the amount of vitamin A, and is a richer source of potassium than the average peach.
- Orange – Although the juice of an orange is acidic the juice becomes alkaline when it metabolizes in the body when digested. A well known source for Vitamin C.
- Peach – A peach can provide up to as much as 8% of the daily recommended value of vitamin C and contains an abundance of vital vitamins and minerals.
- Pear – Most of the high amount of dietary fiber and Vitamin C found in pears is contained in the skin. Pears are less allergenic than many other fruits.
- Pineapple – Contains a high amount of Vitamin C and is very abundant in manganese. Also contains a proteolytic enzyme known as bromelain which can be used to break down protein.
- Raisins – Raisins from any type of grape have low oxalate levels, and an abundance of antioxidants and vitamins B1 and B6.
- Tangerine – The tangerine is closely related to the mandarin orange. It is a good source of vitamin C, folate, and beta-carotene. Current research suggests that this fruit has effective properties in combating diabetes 2.
- Tomato – Tomatoes contain Lycopene which is considered one of the most powerful antioxidants found in nature. They also contain carotene and anthocyanin and an abundance of vitamin C.
- Watermelon – Considered the lycopene king among fresh vegetables and fruits. It is also known as a diuretic and was used as a homeopathic treatment for kidney patients and is said to have a “Viagra” effect.
Everyone needs protein as part of their diet so here’s a list of some of the more alkalizing protein products you can include in your diet.
- Eggs (poached) – Eggs are a natural alkalizing food. How you prepare eggs to avoid unnecessary fat is essential and poached eggs and boiled eggs are the healthiest choice when consumed in moderation.
- Whey Protein Powder – Whey protein powder is very moderate alkalizing product.
- Cottage Cheese – Although most dairy products are considered acidic, cottage cheese and organic unpasteurized milk are considered the exception and have alkalizing properties.
- Chicken Breast – Almost all animal products are considered acidic but chicken breast (skin removed) is the one exception.
- Yogurt – Processed dairy foods are mostly alkalizing.
Keep in mind that protein can be obtained from a variety of other food products found in this list in varying degrees.
NUTS AND SEEDS
Many nuts and seeds are considered slightly acidic but not all fall into that category so here is a list of nuts and seeds that have alkaline properties.
- Almonds – Almonds are nutrient dense and are considered moderately alkalizing because they contain both calcium and magnesium. They are also a good source for protein, zinc, vitamin E, potassium and contain antioxidant flavanoids.
- Chestnuts – Are the most alkalizing of nuts and are both low fat and low calorie. Contain vitamin C and are a good source for magnesium and folic acid.
- Hazelnuts – Hazelnuts are considered as in between as some research suggests they have low alkalizing properties while other research suggests they may be slightly acidic.
- Tofu (fermented) – Tofu is made from bean curd and is high in protein content.
- Flax Seeds – Also known as linseed and contains a high level of dietary fiber, ligans and micronutrients.
- Pumpkin Seeds – Pumpkin seeds are considered as very alkalizing. These seeds are good source for vitamin E and K while containing an abundance of minerals.
- Squash Seeds – Can also provide a valuable source of protein as can be found in many types of both seeds and nuts.
- Sunflower Seeds – Are an excellent source for magnesium and copper along with vitamin E, and should be eaten raw and unsalted.
- Millet – One of the few grains that is not acidic. Millet is high in fiber and has low simple sugars while being a good source for magnesium and niacin and very antioxidant.
There are some sweeteners that are healthy and have alkalizing effects. Although not included in this group but mentioned elsewhere you can include honey as well.
One product to always avoid is white granulated sugar which many doctors have referred to as “the white death” for good reasons.
- Stevia – Stevia is one of a very small list which not only alkalizes the body but has no reported side effects.
- Ki Sweet – This is another sweetener that can also reduce acidity in the body.
Some other acceptable sweetener alternatives can also include maple syrup, rice syrup and agar.
There are many health benefits found in both spices and seasonings that can have a beneficial impact on the body along with some spectacular effects in alkalizing the body to restore your pH.
- Basil – This herb is awesome as it acts as a powerful detoxifying agent. Basil is also well known and having significant anti-oxidant properties and acts as an anti-inflammatory.
- Cayenne – Asides from its alkalizing properties, cayenne has natural anti-inflammatory properties and is used to treat people for inflammation, headaches and arthritis.
- Cinnamon – Not only is cinnamon a wonderful alkalizer but it has been shown to kill yeasts in the blood and can act as an effective agent for Type 2 diabetes.
- Curry – A wonderful Eastern flavoring that consist of multiple spices that can reduce acidity and is considered to have anti-oxidant properties.
- Ginger – The health effects of ginger have been studied extensively. Not only will ginger reduce the body’s acidity, it can also regulate blood pressure, reduce inflammation, and provides gastrointestinal relief.
- Mustard – The mustard plant is considered very alkalizing especially if you incorporate the leafy green portion of the plant into your salad.
- Chili Pepper – Red chili peppers are not only alkalizing but also contain a significant amount of vitamin C and are good source for B complex vitamins.
- Sea Salt – The benefits of using sea salt instead of processes table salt has long been established. The health effects of this natural product are extensive as it contains many trace elements which the body requires.
- Miso – Originally a Japanese soup which has become popular because it is a good source of vitamins and minerals. Also good for blood pressure management and boosting the immune system.
- Tamari – Tamari is a type of soy sauce produced in a particular region in Japan and contains little or nor wheat. It is generally darker than other brands of soy sauce.
- Turmeric – An Eastern spice used in the making of a curry. Similar to other pungent spices, it is highly prized for its alkalizing effects and has been used to treat colitis, cancer, diabetes, arthritis and atherosclerosis.
- All Herbs – Practically any herb which originates from a leafy green plant will help reduce the acidity in the body.
If you do prepare a dish that is somewhat on the acidic side, then you can go a long way in neutralizing the acidity simply by flavoring your dish with the right mix of herbs and seasonings.
Your food will also taste better so it’s a “Win-Win!” result.
Here’s a list of some consumables which you might not have thought of as having an alkalizing effect on the body.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – Even though the cider is acidic in it natural form, it acts as an alkalizing agent when digested. It also provides numerous health effects as it is well known as acting as an anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti- fungal agent.
- Draft Beer – Not necessarily recommended for one’s diet but if you do like to have cold one now and then, draft beer is considered as having a fairly neutral pH effect on the body.
- Honey – Every natural sweet food produced in nature has a low alkalizing pH level and the natural sugar is quickly absorbed into the body unlike processed sugar.
- White and Red Wine – Most alcoholic beverages are either slightly alkaline or pH neutral but should be taken in moderation.
- Marmalade – The citrus juice found in marmalade is very alkalizing.
- Mineral water – Alkaline ionized water can be rich in minerals that can lower the acid content in the body.
- Bee Pollen – Bee pollen contains over 5,000 enzymes and an impressive array of minerals and nutrients. Many nutritionists consider bee pollen to be a “super food.”
- Lecithin Granules – Lecithin granules are a wonderful source for choline and is believed to help with improving liver function and lowering cholesterol.
- Probiotic Cultures – Probiotic cultures are “live micro-organisms” which are consumed to improve a person’s health.
- Green Juices – Green juices are essentially made from any combination of leafy green plants. Practically all leafy green plants (the darker the better) are alkalizing agents and provides an abundance of vital nutrients.
- Veggies Juices – Veggie juices are also made from an assortment of vegetables and can be very alkalizing because most vegetables fall into that category.
- Fresh Fruit Juice – Although there are many fruits that are acidic in their natural state, many fruits will become alkaline when metabolized by the digestive system.
- Organic Milk (unpasteurized) – Organic milk is produced by organic farming methods.
- Mineral Water – Mineral water is also known as alkaline water which is water that has been ionized and contains many alkaline minerals.
- Yoli Fun – an all natural mineral-charged sports recovery drink that contains Alkalete. This drink provides more electrolytes, potassium and magnesium than regular Gatorade™ or Powerade™ without the sugar.
- Green Tea – Green tea is an ideal alternative to coffee or other caffeinated beverages. This tea is not only alkalizing but it can also improve and boost your immune system.
- Herbal Tea – Some of the most alkalizing herbal teas include chamomile tea, green tea, alfalfa tea, red clover tea and ginseng tea.
Foods to Avoid
It’s not just enough to know which foods are especially beneficial and provide alkalizing effects of the body, you should also know which ones are acidic and that should be either only consumed in moderation or avoided altogether.
If you do consume any of the products shown in the list below remember to offset their acidic effects by countering them from the alkalizing list of foods which are shown above.
FATS & OILS
- Avocado Oil
- Canola Oil
- Corn Oil
- Hemp Seed Oil
- Flax Oil
- Olive Oil
- Safflower Oil
- Sesame Oil
- Sunflower Oil
- Rice Cakes
- Wheat Cakes
- Oats (rolled)
- Rice (all)
- Hemp Seed Flour
- Cheese, Cow
- Cheese, Goat
- Cheese, Processed
- Cheese, Sheep
NUTS & BUTTERS
- Brazil Nuts
- Peanut Butter
- Distilled Vinegar
- Wheat Germ
DRUGS & CHEMICALS
- Drugs, Medicinal
- Drugs, Psychedelic
- Hard Liquor
BEANS & LEGUMES
- Black Beans
- Chick Peas
- Green Peas
- Kidney Beans
- Lima Beans
- Pinto Beans
- Red Beans
- Soy Beans
- Soy Milk
- White Beans
- Rice Milk
- Almond Milk
“You are what you eat”.
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