acid vs alkaline foods

Acid vs Alkaline Forming Foods
There is quite a lot of talk at the moment around acid vs alkaline forming foods. For decades, natural health practitioners have recommended a diet that “alkalises” the bloodstream. The premise is that diseases including cancer, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout are influenced by dietary acid-alkaline balance. For example,osteoporosis may be caused by a chronic intake of acid-forming foods consistently outweighing the intake of alkaline foods. This leads to the bones being forced to give up their alkaline minerals (calcium and magnesium) in order to buffer the excess acid. It’s how the body reacts to certain foods is what determines what foods are alkaline-forming and what foods are acid-forming. For example lemons are acidic in nature, but have an alkalising effect on the body once they are digested. Similarly, milk is alkaline outside the body, but acidic upon digestion.
You can find many alkaline-acid food charts on the internet as a general guide and don’t worry if one chart is slightly different from another. The small differences in degree ultimately won’t make a huge difference. What will make the biggest difference is replacing processed foods with fresh foods and adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Here is one chart: