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pH Food Chart

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Alkalizing the body is probably the best thing that a person can do to ensure good health and well being. There is a direct relationship between a person's pH and the oxygen content of his blood, and a tiny change in pH can have dramatic effects upon a person's oxygen intake. An alkaline body pH will prevent diseases, and will cure existing ones by exponentially boosting a body's oxygen intake. As a general rule, pathogens and cancers cannot survive in an oxygen-rich, alkaline environment.

Alkalizing the body is not an easy task for most people, but the benefits are many. This chart shows the effects of various foods on the human body. As you may notice, the initial pH of the food is irrelevant. For instance, while lemons and limes are naturally acidic fruits, they have a strong alkalizing effect upon the body when processed in digestion. For more information on the benefits of alkalinity, read The Link Between Body pH and Disease. You should also watch our documentary, The Cancer Report.

Pharmaceuticals are usually inherently toxic to the human body, and they cause disruptions in the gastrointestinal tract. They often cause the stomach to poorly digest foods, which results in malnourishment. The lack of absorbed minerals offsets the pH of the body, which causes a cascading snowball effect in which it is less able to absorb other nutrients. In this state, the body is more vulnerable to sickness and cancers. The medical establishment describes the most toxic drugs as being strong. So, the stronger drugs are those which will imbalance the pH the most, and will cause cascading health problems.

We cannot fairly give credit to any person or group for the chart below, because it was compiled from, and verified with, dozens of sources. We welcome any verifiable information that could be used to expand this chart. Unfortunately, it appears that most foods have not yet been through the mineral testing required to definitively ascertain their pH-shifting properties.

Category Strong Acid (least healthy) Medium Acid Weak Acid Weak Alkaline Medium Alkaline Strong Alkaline (healthiest)
Fruits Blueberries, Cranberries, Prunes, Sweetened Fruit Juice Sour Cherries, Rhubarb, Canned Fruit Plums, Processed, Fruit Juices Oranges, Bananas, Cherries, Peaches, Avocados Dates, Figs, Melons, Grapes, Papaya, Kiwi, Berries, Apples, Pears, Raisins, Alfalfa Lemons, Watermelon, Limes, Grapefruit, Mangoes, Pineapple, Papayas
Vegetables, Beans, Legumes Potatoes (without skins), Pinto Beans, Navy Beans, Lima Beans Cooked Spinach, Kidney Beans, String Beans Carrots, Tomatoes, Fresh Corn, Mushrooms, Cabbage, Peas, Potato Skins, Olives, Brussel Sprouts Okra, Squash, Green Beans, Beets, Celery, Lettuce, Zucchini, Sweet Potato, Carob Asparagus, Onions, Vegetable Juices, Parsley, Raw Spinach, Broccoli, Garlic
Meats Pork, Shellfish, Rabbit Turkey, Lamb, Beef Venison, Cold Water Fish Chicken
Eggs and Dairy Cheese, Custard, Homogenized Milk, Ice Cream Butter, Buttermilk, Cottage Cheese, Raw Milk Goat Milk, Goat Cheese, Whey, Yogurt, Eggs
Grains and Cereals Wheat, White Flour, Pastries, Pasta White Rice, Cornmeal, Buckwheat, Oats, Rye Sprouted or Whole Wheat Bread, Brown Rice Millet, Wild Rice
Oils Safflower Oil, Sesame Oil Sunflower Oil Corn Oil Hemp Seed Flax Seed Oil Olive Oil
Beverages Liquor, Beer, Soft Drinks Tea, Cocoa, White wine Ginger Tea, Red wine, Distilled water Green Tea Herb Teas, Lemon Water, Spring/Mineral Water
Sweeteners NutraSweet, Equal, Aspartame, Sweet 'N Low White Sugar, Brown Sugar, Molasses Processed Honey Raw Honey, Raw Sugar Maple Syrup, Rice Syrup Stevia, Agar, Ki Sweet
Nuts and Seeds Peanuts, Walnuts Pecans, Cashews, Pistachios Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Sesame Seeds Chestnuts Almonds
Misc. Chocolate Jam, Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Mustard, and Vinegar Margarine, Lard Sodium, Potassium, Apple Cider Vinegar

Comments (42)
  • Lisa  - ACV

    Hi, thanks for the article Sarah. Where does apple cider vinegar sit on the PH chart? It was recommended to me as a supplement for potassium, but would it be acidic in my body?

  • C. Thomas Corriher (Managing Editor)

    We know that Apple Cider Vinegar is initially very acidic, but the real question is what does it do to the body after digestion. My reading indicates that the mineral burn tests show that Apple Cider Vinegar leaves behind an alkaline ash, due to its calcium and potassium content. This is true only for Apple Cider Vinegar. Other vinegars shift the body into being more acidic.

    In our anti-cancer energy drink written about in the article, The True Budwig Protocol, cites using a pinch of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate). This is not really needed to neutralize the Apple Cider Vinegar, but is instead to provide a pH buffer. Buffering minerals make a body resistant to pH changes; especially in regard to acidifying changes. In other words, a pinch of baking soda acts as a bio-chemical shield.

    A Precautionary Notice About Baking Soda

    Only use a pinch. We do not recommend the use of antacids, and technically baking soda is an antacid. Indigestion is caused by a churning stomach that is overcompensating for there being too little stomach acid. Having too much stomach acid is a medical rarity, in fact. Thus, the use of antacids often worsens the problem in the long term, and ensures that proper digestion does not take place.

    Too little baking soda is always better than too much. Take special note of the fact that the acidity of the stomach has an inverse relationship with body pH -- the stronger the stomach acid, the more alkaline the body is. You, therefore, want strong and unneutralized stomach acid.

    Donna Gates accurately reported that, "There are two main consequences of low stomach acid: 1. You become protein malnourished. When your stomach acid is low, you are not able to digest protein. Improper digestion of protein creates toxins in your intestines that can set the stage for illness and disease. Improper digestion of protein also creates acidic blood, since protein is by nature acidic. 2. You become mineral deficient. As your blood becomes more acidic, it will look for minerals from anywhere in your body, in order to get your blood to its more ideal alkaline state. Acidic blood robs your body of minerals, even taking minerals from your bones (which is important to know if you want to prevent osteoporosis).

    "Low stomach acid eventually creates a vicious cycle: low stomach acid = low minerals = acidic blood. This cycle continues because acidic blood further creates low minerals and low stomach acid. Once this vicious cycle has started, there is a cascade of consequences:

    "You could eat plenty of protein and still be protein malnourished. This raises cortisol levels (stress or death hormone), thereby raising your blood glucose (blood sugar levels). Elevated cortisol adversely affects your behavior and temperment.

    "Eventually, your adrenals become depleted (adrenal fatigue) and DHEA, the youth hormone, is suppressed, leading to premature aging.

    "Low DHEA and high cortisol affect your brain and behavior, but that's not all. The vicious cycle of low stomach acid affects your inner ecosystem too. Low stomach acid can lead to more bad guys (pathogenic bacteria, candida and viruses) than good guys (healthy microflora), thus lowering your immunity.

    "Here are some of the common symptoms and disorders caused by low stomach acid: Bloating, belching, and flatulence immediately after meals, Heartburn (often thought to be caused by too much stomach acid), Indigestion, diarrhea, or constipation, Undigested food in stools, Acne, Rectal itching, Chronic candida, Hair loss in women, Multiple food allergies, Iron deficiency, Weak, peeling, or cracked fingernails, Chronic fatigue, Adrenal fatigue, Dry skin, Various autoimmune diseases"

  • Julie Kimball  - pH food chart

    Is spring water naturally alkaline?

  • Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher)

    Yes, due to the mineral content. Distilled water that you buy from stores is usually acidic, presumably due to the chemicals leaching out of plastic. Distilled water should be neutral (7).

  • C. Thomas Corriher (Managing Editor)

    The minerals act as pH buffers, meaning that they help the water to resist changes in pH. They also help to get it alkaline in the first place. Distilled water is pure, so it does not have any protective mineral buffers. This makes it easy to shift its pH. The carbon dioxide in the air causes the formation of tiny amounts of carbonic acid in distilled water, which makes it slightly acidic over time. Those plastic jugs that it is usually purchased in are not as air-proof as you might expect, so gases are allowed to penetrate through them.

  • Jackie Neil

    Seems that now water is acidic. Are these machines that make water alkaline worth the money?

  • C. Thomas Corriher (Managing Editor)

    We use spring water, which we believe is the ideal. We cannot answer if those devices would be worth the price for you, because only you can answer that question.

    We generally avoid all discussions about specific products and brands, because our goal is to produce the-poor-man's guide to health. Good health habits are not expensive, and are certainly cheaper than the alternative.

  • vic  - Gallstones

    I'm totally confused about the food list for strong alkaline. There doesn't seem to be much to eat. Where can I get the correct type of water to drink if I am acidic? I have indigestion, heartburn, belching, menopause, dry mouth (beyond words DRY), gallstones, migraines on occasion and haven't had too much sleep for almost 6 years (I'll be 59 in another couple of months). I don't take any drugs and hardly ever take an aspirin. I use digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid to help with the heartburn. The gallstones were very painful and I have done 5 olive oil/grapefruit flushes in the past 4 months with some success, and lately also take curcuma, coptis, gold coin grass and Chinese bitters. I'm trying to eat lots of raw vegetables and only a touch of olive oil, but I don't know what to drink or eat anymore.

  • dj  - Viv, too bad no response.

    You're 10 years older but your message is almost identical to mine. Wish there had been a response.

  • Ioseph

    I'm confused. Lemons are acidic. pH of 2. Why is it good for you?

  • C. Thomas Corriher (Managing Editor)

    The initial food pH is not important. What the foods do to change the body's pH after being digested and metabolized is what matters. Body pH is often shifted by the mineral composition of the foods, for example potassium content.

  • Sarah  - Hello

    I would like to print this chart please can you offer a printer friendly option so I just print the chart Thank You

  • Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher)

    Just click the small image in the top right of the article that looks like a printer. It will strip the columns off of the page for you.

  • Chris L.  - Soy milk

    What about soy products, like soy milk, what pH rage would they be in? And would soy milk be better than cow milk?

  • Chris L.  - Beef liver/Mexican corn tortillas

    What pH rage would beef liver be in? Chicken is considered to be weak alkaline. Also, what about mexican corn tortillas?

  • Mr Ralph F Stone
    avatar kill me brother!!

  • mommyg05

    Would Zephyrhills brand of water be good to buy instead of distilled? If not, can you recommend a good brand to purchase? Thank you and God bless you for all of your hard work!

  • Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher)

    Natural spring water is best, because the minerals found in water make the water alkaline, and are beneficial to the health. A good water filter that removes chlorine and fluoride from the tap water is often a good choice. There are lots of scams out there concerning water filters, unfortunately, including many that just remove the 'taste' of chlorine (but the chlorine itself). So far, the best filters that we know of are the Berkey water filters.

  • Amy C  - distilled vs. spring water

    Right now, all I use is an Aquasana tap water filter, but I have always preferred the taste of spring water. I am also reading that the minerals in spring water are inorganic and therefore, does the body harm-? So distilled water is best, even if it comes in a bottle-? Here's a list quotes from various "experts" (from a site that sells distilled water, but there are other neutral sources that say the same thing)--

    What is your conclusion with this debate, are inorganic minerals good/bad for our bodies?

    I will probably stick to my regular filter for a good while, since it's the most economic for me and my state does not fluoridate its tap water.

  • pmwilkey  - Well water

    My water comes from my well which is over 150 ft deep and is drilled through several layers of sandstone and other natural rock. I do not filer my water in anyway as it comes into the house. I do have a water filter in my fridge that filter the water for the ice/water dispenser. I also have a stand alone water filter that I fill up and uses britta filters. I do not like any of the bottled waters nor do I like the water that comes from my filters. I like the water straight from the tap in my rural home with no city additives.
    Is this a better way of drinking water or should I still be drinking bottled spring water? I also have a natural spring on my property which is no longer used. Would that provide heathlier water?
    When swimming in the chlorine pools is the chlorine absobered through your skin harmful as well?

  • C. Thomas Corriher (Managing Editor)

    The spring water will probably be the best. However, we cannot make any promises, because we cannot come to your home with a chemical laboratory to analyze everything.

    You will absorb some chlorine and other pollutants from swimming pools.

    Before swimming, we take anti-inflammatory supplements, vitamin C, and use the Budwig Protocol's flax oil solution to shield ourselves from the effects of chlorine. We can feel the dramatic difference in our energy levels afterward. We also consume a red marine algae supplement (for iodine) to neutralize the fluoride.

    You cannot possibly shield yourself from all toxins all of the time, but you can keep your body resilient enough to take the hits with little to no effect; thereby avoiding the problems plaguing the rest of society.

  • Amy C  - swimming

    Thank you for the before-swimming tip! I've been wondering what I could do to offset the negative effects of chlorine in the pools. My kids love the pool and all I can think about is the chlorine and toxins...

  • Kyndle  - Coconut oil vs. Flaxseed Oil

    I was wondering if you think it would be just as beneficial to replace the flaxseed oil with coconut oil in the Budwig Regimen Diet? I AM not sure where Coconut Oil sits on the PH chart and if it would have a different chemical reaction than flaxseed oil in the body when mixed with the yogurt/cottage cheese...

    Thank you for all the wonderful information you have placed on your website. I just discovered this website and I AM enjoying learning so much.

    Thank you again and have a wonderful day!

  • Kyndle  - Flaxseed Oil vs. Coconut Oil

    Good Day,

    I was wondering if replacing the Flaxseed Oil in the Budwig Regimen Diet with Coconut Oil would be a Wyze choice? I have no idea where coconut oil sits on the PH chart and if it would have the same chemical reaction in the body as Flaxseed Oil when coupled with the Yogurt/Cottage Cheese.

    Also, I AM planning on doing many of the different cleanses, protocols found here on this website, but AM concerned as where to start.... I AM concerned about Kidneys, Liver, Diabetes and Thyroid. This was the order I was thinking of doing things and maybe you can see if this is a good idea...

    Raw for 30 days while at the same time doing Kidney Strengthen along with Kidney Cleanse (10 days) -> then do parasite cleanse and Liver Cleanse -> then Heavy Metal Cleanse and colon cleanse... So by the end of the 30 days I would be done with all the cleanses, then I'd switch to the Budwig Regimen, keeping diet mostly raw with some animal proteins in it, take recommended supplements on this site, do H202 therapy and raw juicing too... I guess my question is, is it ok to lump some of the cleanses together and what order is best when someone had type 2 diabetes and thyroid problems (which seem to go hand in hand), who is also concerned about Liver and Kidney functions...? My eyesight has been getting worse and I do suffer with many of the hypothyroid symptoms....

    Thank you so much for all your hard work and putting this information up on this site. I AM learning so much and using your search engine many times a day.

    Hope you have a wonderful and blessed day!


  • C. Thomas Corriher (Managing Editor)

    It sounds like you'll be ready for the Olympics within a couple of years. ;)

    We know that Dr. Budwig specifically mandated the use of flax oil over fish oil, because flax oil yields superior results. Thus, we generally pass along her recommendation to always use flax oil. We have no information concerning how well coconut oil performs as a substitute. Of course, a person can consume coconut oil in addition to following the Budwig Protocol.

    The order of cleansing is actually important. We have already written about why a liver cleanse should always be the first step. Try not to rush things too much. The human body does not generally react well with rapid internal changes, and that includes even healthy changes, such as detoxing.

    Exercise is important too. In fact, exercise is the only way that the lymph nodes can get detoxed.

  • Ronald  - Breakfast foods

    I'm curious if you can recommend something for breakfast?
    I usually eat Rolled oats and buckwheat groats with a bit of milk and flaxseed, and now I see that they are all pretty acidic other than flaxseed. I also wanted to take in B17 in my diet so I'm hoping that foods with B17 aren't acidic.

    Have you any suggestions for breakfast and foods for B17 that are pretty neutral in ph?

    Thanks so much

  • Rebecca  - Hypothyroidism and PH veggies

    Hi! I am so grateful to find this helpful food chart. I have adrenal fatigue as well as hypothyroidism and am wanting to eat the best foods for restoring my health.
    In my research it seems that many people (including some Weston A. Price writers) recommend avoiding raw leafy green vegetables like spinach, kale, etc. Is this true? Based on your chart, I should be eating these, but I want to be sure!

    I really appreciate your work in creating this chart!

    Thanks so much.

  • Pat

    Can you recommend a good water filter for our faucet we have arsenic in our water and I have been drinking bottled water for 10 years which is a lot of plastic
    I know you recommended Berkly but does arsenic make a difference in water filters?

  • Pat

    Is that a special filter? I'm confused on their websites I did not see an option for add ones?.

    Can you recommend a specific model with ad don as an example please

    Tthnak you

  • Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher)

    I am not sure which website you are ordering from, because there are dozens of Berkey distributors. However, the vast majority sell the fluoride filters, which are available for all Berkey models.

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