alternative health experts recommend a diet comprised
of more alkaline than acid foods. In the book,
Staying Healthy with Nutrition, author
Elson Haas, M.D. recommends a diet consisting
of 70 - 80 % alkaline and balanced foods in spring
and summer. For winter months, he recommends decreasing
this to 65 to 70% of alkaline and balanced foods.
foods are recommended by many holistic doctors
as an antidote for acidic body conditions such
as acidosis and acid reflux. The traditional
yoga diet, consisting of mainly fresh fruits
and vegetables, is generally an alkaline forming
are alkaline foods? Almost every book I have with
information on acid and alkaline foods has some
what conflicting information on this subject.
In general, most of the sources I referenced note
that most fruits and vegetables have an alkaline
ash. I've noted the exceptions to this generalization
of the books that I have show most fruits as having
alkaline ash. These include:
most alkaline fruits listed in the Mayo Clinic
Diet Manual chart are watermelon, dried apricots,
dried figs and cantaloupe.
to this were found in:
Healthy with Nutrition - lists acid fruits
as pomegranates, strawberries and cranberries.
Mayo Clinic Diet Manual and Nutrition
Almanac show cranberries, plums and prunes
as being acid.
vegetables have an alkaline ash. These include:
most alkaline vegetables in the Mayo Clinic
Diet Manual were beet greens, Swiss chard,
dandelion greens, and baked potatoes.
Mayo Clinic Diet Manual lists corn as being
& Alkaline, notes asparagus as being
Almanac and Prescription for Nutritional
Healing classify asparagus and brussel sprouts
as being acid.
most fruits and vegetables, the following selected
foods were noted as being alkaline in the books
as listed below:
Healthy with Nutrition - millet, buckwheat,
sprouted beans, sprouted seeds, olive oil, soaked
Clinic Diet Manual - cream, ice cream, jam,
milk, almonds, chestnuts, fresh coconut, molasses.
Almanac - molasses, maple syrup, honey,
Ayurvedic (traditional Indian medicine) milk is
often recommended to correct health issues related
to too much stomach acid, which would imply that
the traditional Indian healers felt milk was an
alkaline food. Milk used to be recommended for
ulcers in the U.S. but these days many Western
doctors classify milk as an acidic food. Its use
in modern ulcer diets has gone out of favor over
the last decade.
- Base Balance - A Human Nutrition and Health
- an online resource that lists the PRAL (Potential
Renal Acid Load per 100 grams) of various foods.
numbers indicate base or alkaline-producing foods
and positive numbers are acid-producing foods.
From the Paleo Diet web site. Data adapted from
Data Remer T, Manz F. Potential renal acid load
of foods and its influence on urine pH. J Am Diet
Acid and Alkaline Foods, the Connective
Tissue Disorder Site, www.ctds.info.
Haas, Elson, Staying Healthy with Nutrition,
Celestial Arts, Berkeley, California, 1992.
Mayo Clinic Diet Manual, 3rd Edition, Philadelphia,
W.B. Saunders Company.
Herman Aihara, Acid and Alkaline, 5th edition,
George Ohshawa Macrobiotic Foundation, Oroville,
Kirhschmann, Gayla J and John D., Nutrition
Almanac, Fourth Edition, McGraw Hill, 1996.
Balch, James F. and Phyllis A., Prescription for
Nutritional Healing, Third Edition, Avery, New
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