Would you be surprised to know that some of the foods you think of as highly ACIDIC are actually ALKALINE-forming to your body?
When transitioning to an alkaline diet, it is so important to know which foods and beverages are alkaline and which are acidic so that you can make the right choices in regards to what you should (and shouldn’t) put into your body.
The problem is that most alkaline/acid food charts that you will find are WRONG!
So many charts out there have foods that are actually ACIDIC listed on the alkaline side – no better way to mess up all of your hard work!
Let me explain….
When determining whether a food/beverage is alkaline OR acidic, there are two important components you need to look at in that food…
Take vegetables for example. They are mostly alkaline because the majority of them are high in minerals and low in sugar.
Alkaline foods are high in minerals but LOW in sugar…
Why is the sugar component so important to consider?
Because SUGAR = ACID!
Just because a food is classified as “acidic” (i.e. Citric Acid Fruits), this doesn’t necessarily mean that is is acidic.
On the contrary, some of these citric acid fruits are alkaline-forming once consumed inside your body, and this is where all the confusion lies.
Here’s the deal…
I don’t want you to be focused on what the specific food or drink’s pH is OUTSIDE of your body. What is more important is the effect the food has on the body once CONSUMED.
When you look at your top 4 citric acid fruits – lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruits, 3 of them are alkaline-forming, one of those are ACIDIC…which one do you think is ACIDIC (hint – think about how they taste)?
The ORANGES, but why?
All four citric acid fruits are acidic outside of the body. All four are high water content fruits, and all have high amounts of alkaline minerals.
BUT, the lemons, limes, and grapefruits are LOW in sugar (2%, 2%, 5% sugar respectively), and the oranges are HIGH in sugar (12% sugar).
THAT is the game-changer in regards to what the food does once consumed inside your body.
Let’s take a look at your top alkaline fruits:
Watermelon has a neutral pH.
All the rest are acidic, even fruits like bananas, oranges, and berries.
Again, this is because of one thing only… THEIR SUGAR CONTENT!
Let’s take a closer look at why that is the case and why most alkaline food charts are wrong.
The reason my Ultimate Alkaline / Acid Food Guide is different than other charts (and why most charts are wrong) is because they base their alkalinity or acid readings on something called the PRAL (Potential Renal Acid Load).
This is not an accurate method to determine if a food/beverage is alkaline or acidic, and hence the reason why there is so much confusion among the different charts out there.
To test for PRAL, a specific food (i.e. banana) is heated at an extreme (high) temperatures, and then a reading is taken of the ‘ash’ that is left behind of that specific food, and from that ash, the pH is measured.
But here is problem with this method…
While it does give us the mineral content of that specific food which is SO important, what is MISSING is the other important part of that food that gets burned off at the high temperature – the sugar.
And when the sugar gets burned off at this high temperature, the reading gets misconstrued.
This is why some high sugar fruits like bananas for example are listed as alkaline on many charts (not mine) when in fact, they are acidic.
Bananas are 25% sugar, and again, SUGAR = ACID!
When sugar is consumed in any form, it undergoes the process of fermentation (yes, just like beer and wine!), and turns into ACID and ALCOHOL, which binds and clogs your digestive system.
To get the appropriate reading and pH, you must take the reading of the ash before the sugar content gets burned off.
That’s why my chart is the MOST accurate Alkaline / Acid Food Guide that you will find.
Does this make sense?
Now you know WHY lemons, limes, and grapefruits are alkaline-forming and GOOD for you, and WHY oranges and bananas are acid-forming.
So, I’m not saying don’t consume bananas, in fact, many of the smoothies in the GET OFF YOUR ACID 7-DAY CLEANSE have fruits like bananas and berries.
They make the smoothies taste better and they do possess some health benefits. But because they are still acidic, you must know how to neutralize the acid to give you a net alkaline gain on that smoothie.
This leads me to two important tips…
Never give your kids (or yourself) oranges or orange juice if they are sick!
Now, oranges do have large amounts of Vitamin C which is beneficial to your immune system, BUT as I mentioned earlier, they are high in sugar and they are acidic.
Sugar feeds bacteria and makes it harder for you to fight off any infection your body is dealing with.
You need to get your body into an alkaline state, because things like bacteria, viruses, mold, fungus, and parasites have a hard time thriving in an alkaline environment.
These little bugs love an anaerobic (without oxygen), acidic state, so if you or your children are ever feeling under the weather, ALKALIZE your body and that will accelerate the healing process.
Do some power breathing exercises to oxygenate your body and to get rid of the most pervasive and damaging acid in your body, CO2 (carbon dioxide gas), hydrate more (coffee doesn’t count!), get more chlorophyll (Daily Greens), more minerals (Daily Minerals), more healthy fats, and lymphasize (i.e. the rebounder) to help detoxify your body.
If you want to have a higher glycemic index fruit like a banana, you MUST make sure to combine it with a healthy fat.
These healthy fats will slow down the metabolization of the sugars in the fruit and will neutralize the ACID and prevent an insulin spike in your blood.
This is why our smoothies on the cleanse that have bananas or berries in them always have a couple of forms of healthy fats included like raw almond butter, coconut oil, chia seeds, flax, and hemp.
I hope this helps clear up any confusion and misunderstanding about fruit and why lemons, which are high in citric acid, is actually one of the most powerful alkalizing agents you can put in your body, and why you should always add this to your water to help alkalize your body and detox and cleanse your blood.
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