Studies have revealed that alkaline foods are more conducive to our body than acid generating foods.
Many problematic conditions like Gout, stomach ulcer, acid reflux and constipation are attributed to consumption of foods that have high acid content.
If you are suffering from any of the conditions above, you might want to make some changes in your diet and incorporate low acid foods.
List of Alkaline/Low Acid Foods
Here is a list of some popular low acid or alkaline foods:
The good news is that most vegetables are low acid in nature.
You can eat as much veggies as you want, raw or cooked (steamed not fried) and gain the benefits of their alkaline inducing nature.
Some popular vegetables that can be consumed on a low acid diet are – Broccoli, Cabbage, Lettuce, Fresh Peas, Celery, Okra, Eggplant, Turnips, Onions, Corn, Ripe Olives and Radish.
You can eat most of these vegetables in a raw salad, or cook them by boiling or steaming instead of stir frying or deep frying them.
The oils used for frying, and the very process of frying, can induce acidic compounds to the food. If you are eating fried vegetables be sure to have a plate of raw salad with it.
There are many alkaline fruits that you can eat for dessert or snacks, or even for breakfast.
Some popular alkaline/Sub-acid fruits are – Cantaloupes, Pears, Apples, Peaches, Ripe Mangoes, Grapes, Plums, Apricots and Ripe Bananas.
You can also eat some citrus fruits like limes, strawberries, oranges and grapefruit, but just ensure that you don’t eat them with the alkaline fruits.
Acid fruits when eaten alone are converted into alkaline base in the stomach, and thus are not acid producing in nature.
Whole grains and Cereals
You can eat Rice, Oats and other whole grains as they are not acid forming in nature, and are mostly starches.
In some cases, wheat is known to create uncomfortable acidic condition in the stomach due to the presence of “gluten” (an undigestible protein) in this cereal.
Any protein food is actually acid generating. But eating lean meats is a low acid option.
You can eat skinless chicken breast, egg whites, lean meat cuts and some oily fish like salmon which have relatively low acid content.
Low acid diet foods are not necessarily a curative diet but can be taken as a preventive diet, so that you don’t experience any uncomfortable health issues that are generated by eating a high acid foods. The best advice is to eat plenty of raw vegetables with your food, this by itself will balance out any acidic content your diet may generate in the body.